When Ringstar Boxing CEO Scott Farrell visited the Philippines, he visited Manny Pacquiao and he did not visit the Filipino boxing legend alone. Filipino boxers Jerwin Ancajas and Jeson Umbal and Singaporean boxer Muhamad Ridhwan tagged along.
On February 9, 2018, Ringstar Boxing spent a few hours with the Filipino media at the Kerry Sports Gym in Taguig, Metro Manila for an open workout with Umbal and Ridhwan. Ancajas was also present during the event to support Umbal and Ridhwan.
After the open workout, I had a short one-on-one interview with Farrell. The first thing I asked him was what he thought makes the Filipino boxers different from others.
According to Farrell, the Filipino physique is made for boxing. But more importantly, he said that the mentality of Filipino boxers such as Pacquiao, Ancajas and Umbal is commendable.
“These guys are in it to win it,” Farrell said of Pacquiao, Ancajas and Umbal. The Ringstar Boxing CEO explained that these Filipino boxers are fighting not merely for the prizemoney but purely for the love of boxing and the goal to win.
Farrell also pointed out that while Pacquiao, Ancajas and Umbal are tough in the ring, they are humble human beings. The Ringstar Boxing CEO even referred to Pacquiao as a “funny guy.”
On April 20, 2018, Umbal will compete for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Intercontinental Featherweight title. For him to earn the title, he has to defeat Ridhwan, an undefeated boxer, in the main event of “Roar of Singapore IV: The Night of Champions” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
On May 26, 2018, Ancajas will compete against a fellow Filipino boxer. He and Jonas Sultan will battle it out in Las Vegas.
On July 15, 2018, Pacquiao will face Lucas Matthyse at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They will compete for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Welterweight title.
Here is a clip featuring Farrell, Umbal and Ridhwan: