Three-time SEA Games bronze medalist Muhammad Ridhwan became Singapore’s first-ever World Boxing Association (WBA) champion when he captured the Asia Super Featherweight title at the Singapore Fighting Championships (SFC) 5: Combat Redefined event at the Singapore Foochow Association on Saturday.
In the main event of the night, the 29-year-old defeated Indonesia’s top-ranked featherweright Waldo Sabu via a technical knockout (TKO) two and a half minutes into the second round of the 10-round fight. The fight started brightly with both fighters exchanging a flurry of blows but in the end, it was Sabu succumbed to a non-stop barrage of hits from Ridhwan, with the Singaporean’s final punch bringing him to his knees.
A proud Ridhwan, who is the head coach and co-founder of local boxing gym Legends Fight Sport, said after the fight: “I am honoured by this win and I’m happy I had the opportunity to go up against such an experienced fighter like Waldo.
“He did not back down during the two rounds, but I did not want to leave the ring without that belt. I will continue to bring pride to my gym and to Singapore.”