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Singaporean boxer Muhamad Ridhwan acknowledges Filipino foe Jeson Umbal’s strengths

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Undefeated boxer Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan, 30, of Singapore is set to face Jeson Umbal, 24, of the Philippines on April 20, 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. They will headline “Roar of Singapore IV: The Night of Champions” as they compete for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) Intercontinental Featherweight title.

On February 4, 2018, Ridhwan and Umbal faced the Filipino media together in an open workout at the Kerry Sports Gym at Shangri-La in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. Aside from Ringstar Boxing CEO Scott Farrell, reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Bantamweight Champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas, 26, of the Philippines was also present during the event to support Ridhwan and Umbal.

In my one-on-one interview with Ridhwan prior to the open workout, I asked him about his assessment of Umbal. The Singaporean boxer said he is aware of that his Filipino opponent is very strong.

For Ridhwan, Umbal may be the toughest opponent he will face. What makes it challenging, he said, is that the Filipino fighter is a southpaw.

On the other hand, Ridhwan said he is confident that he can beat Umbal. For the Singaporean fighter, he is ready for the fight and he has what it takes to win the IBO Intercontinental Title.

Currently, Ridhwan is the number featherweight boxer in his country. On October 20, 2017, he won the IBO International Super Featherweight title after defeating Nataneal Sebastian, 29, of Namibia at “Roar of Singapore III,” which took place at the Suntec Convention Center in Suntec City, Singapore.

Before the IBO International Super Featherweight title, Ridhwan won his first title under Ringstar Boxing. On May 27, 2017, he won the Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) World Super Featherweight title after defeating Fadhili Majiha, 24, of Tanzania.

Still undefeated, Ridhwan holds a professional boxing record of 9 wins and 0 loss. Before Majiha and Sebastian, the Singaporean boxer defeated Melchor Roda, Heri Purnomo, Egy Rozten, Jonel Borbon, Ramly Pasaribu, Jason Butar Butar and Waldo Sabu.

Here is a video featuring Ridhwan during the open workout in the Philippines:

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