The British Olympian jokingly quipped that he were put in the ring with Connor McGregor, he would be able to knock the Irishman out.
The Philippine boxer opened the round with a barrage of lightning fast punches against Malaysian Adli Hafidz at the finals of the light heavyweight boxing category. Hafidz appeared to be struggling to stay upright after a mere 30 seconds, and the round was immediately concluded with the gold medal going to Marvin Tupas.
Muhamad Ridhwan Bin Ahmad is leaving no stone unturned in his mission to hit peak form when he meets South African Koos Sibiya in their International Boxing Organization™ (IBO) Intercontinental Super Featherweight title fight this October.
Under the supervision of legendary club trainer Otis Pimpleton, Ridhwan will be spending 26 days in intensive training at the Mayweather Boxing Club this August. The 30-year old will undergo a punishing twice-daily routine consisting of sparring, pad work, and heavy bag endurance as he looks to hone technique, cardio-vascular fitness, strength and endurance
ahead of the 20th October clash.
Founded by Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Roger Mayweather, the club is more than a vanity project for the family that has left such an indelible mark on the sport of boxing; it has been home to some of the biggest names in boxing over the years including Gervonta “The One” Davis and Badou Jack “The Ripper”, who have benefited from the intensive training routines in the arid Nevada desert conditions.
And with Floyd Mayweather – widely recognized to be one of the greatest boxers of all time – in residence ahead of his fight against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, the gym will certainly not be short of star power.
Ridhwan is relishing the opportunity to train among such esteemed company. He said: “There’s no question that it’s going to be the toughest training routine I’ve ever put myself through, but I’m really looking forward to it.
“For 26 days, I can be one hundred percent focused on what I’ve got to do and getting myself into the best possible physical and mental shape ahead of the fight. You just can’t get that kind of intensity in the gym at home so it’ll be a great experience and hopefully I’ll return in a month’s time with an additional edge,” he added.
WBC Malaysia (World Boxing Council) will be bringing professional boxing back to the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the first time in 42 years this coming 9th July 2017 at the Health, Beauty and Fitness Expo that is happening in Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC).
Boxranx’s “Boxingfest” is KL’s first WBC Professional Boxing event since Muhammad Ali’s WBC & WBA Heavyweight Championship bout against Joe Bugner on June 30th, 1975, thus making this the first WBC Professional Boxing event in Kuala Lumpur in 42 years.
The Championship Battle for the WBC-OPBF Featherweight Silver Title
The event will witness 10 matches of boxing match with professional boxers from Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, USA and India. The main event will see a Championship Bout between Pinoy boxer Carlo Magali (21 Wins, 9 Losses, 10 Wins via KO) and Indian national Sandeep Balhara (4 Wins, 0 Losses, 3 KO) battle for the vacant WBC-OBPF Featherweight Silver Title. Balhara’s win streak and last 3 fights ending via KO & TKO propelled him to the position of a title contender against a much more experienced Magali.
National Pride of Malaysia
Malaysian pro boxer Hui Keng Fai (2 Wins, 0 Losses, 2 KOs) who is a current boxing champion in Singapore as well as an amateur MMA champion in MIMMA, will be fighting Professional Boxing for the first time in his home of Kuala Lumpur and in WBC. He will be facing professional MMA veteran and Pro Boxing debutant Sam Chan. The land of Borneo has two very proud and promising boxers in Malaysian Golden Gloves Champion, Stephen Onn Anak Jenggieng of Sarawak (2 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 KO) as well as Sabahan Eddey “The Clown” Kalai, who is a SEA Games & SUKMA Gold Medalist making his professional boxing debut, are some of the other highlights in the Fight Card.
Theena Thayalan, one of the youngest debutant on the card is one to watch. At only 19, he has recorded over 95 amateur fights and was also SUKMA Gold Medalist in 2016 making him one of the youngest SUKMA Boxing Gold Medalist in history. This July 9th, he will be putting his amateur career behind and making the step up into the world of professional boxing.
A former UFC Fighter from the USA will also be on the card. Dubbed “The most hardworking fighter in Asia”, Will Chope has fought more often than most MMA fighters in the region and will be having his 2nd professional boxing bout in BoxRanx “Boxingfest”.
The WBC Malaysia’s BoxRanx first event will be held at Mid Valley Exhibition Centre (MVEC) on the 9th July 2017. There will also be a semi-pro event on the 8th July 2017 featuring 10-bouts of up and coming boxers to discover more talents in Malaysian boxing.
Tickets for the event are available from www.ticketpro.com.my starting from RM98 for entry to both days. For more information and to contact WBC Malaysia, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/WBCMalaysia/