22 APRIL 2018 – SINGAPORE: Ringstar Boxing, Asia’s fastest growing sports media property, has now reached an overwhelming broadcast footprint of over a potential billion viewers across the globe. It just had its very successful “Roar of Singapore IV – The Night of Champions” held on April 20, 2018 at the 10,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
There were three title bouts at “Roar of Singapore IV – The Night of Champions.” In one of the title bouts of the evening, Filipino boxer Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas, 25, won the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Bantamweight world title after stunning Frenchman Karim Guerfi with a knockout 40 seconds into the fourth round of what was supposed to be a 12-round bout.
Hailing from Camarines Sur, Philippines, Dasmarinas had a month-long training in Japan to prepare him for the world title fight. Boxing analyst Mike Ochosa commented, “They say that a big puncher will always have an advantage in a boxing match, and in every round, that’s what Mike (Dasmarinas) approved.”
“Karim did the right thing and engaged Mike from the beginning,” Ochosa stated. “The Frenchman showed that his hands were ready to be thrown. He was throwing a lot of punches and trying to outbox and smother Dasmarinas, but that also is a very big risk for Karim.”
In the fourth round, Guerfi found out “just how dangerous his plan was,” according to Ochosa. The boxing analyst added that the French boxer “kept on engaging the Filipino and put himself at risk.”
On the other hand, at the start of round two, Dasmarinas started to focus on body shots, “which forced the Frenchman to bring down his defense,” Ochosa explained. The boxing analyst concluded, “And at the most opportune time in the fourth round Mike unleashed a straight left which dropped the Frenchman.”
Dasmarinas acknowledged that he was the underdog. He said, “Talagang thankful ako sa mga taong tumulong sa akin, lalo na ang Ringstar at si Scott Farrell, na nagtiwala sa kakayahan ko, kahit sinabing underdog ako. (I am thankful to everyone who has helped me, especially Ringstar and Scott Farrell, who trusted in my capabilities, even though I have been called an underdog.)
“Pero mas gusto ko yun na underdog ako para di ako ma-pressure masyado (But I prefer being called an underdog, so I would not feel that pressured),” the new IBO Bantamweight World Champion stated. “Yung pagkapanalo ko na knockout, ‘di ko ine-expect na tatamaan siya na ganoon. In-expect ko mananalo ako ng knockout pero di ko inakala na ganon kaaga. (With regard the knock out, I didn’t expect that I hit him that hard. I expected that I will win by knockout, but didn’t think that I will knock him out that early.)”
“Ringstar now has its first world champion with Michael Dasmarinas,” Ringstar founder and CEO Scott Farrell said. “We will now build on this victory with more exciting fights and you will see him with more world title belts, being added to his collection very soon.”
While Dasmarinas was crowned the new IBO Bantamweight World Champion, his countryman Jeson Umbal lost to Singaporean boxer Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan. Winning in his home country, Ridhwan became the IBO Intercontinental Featherweight Champion at “The Roar of Singapore IV – The Night of Champions.”
“Roar of Singapore IV – The Night of Champions” aired live in different parts of the world via Fight Sports and Fox Sports Asia. Among the sponsors and partners of the event were Roomaif International, Marina Bay Sands and Alexandre Christie.
Meanwhile, get to know Dasmarinas a little bit more here:
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