15 May 17 The Straits Times by JOHN PRAVIN KANESAN
It will be the biggest fight of his career, but Muhamad Ridhwan is quietly confident that he will be able to extend his unbeaten streak come May 27 .
The 29-year-old professional boxer will become Singapore's first world champion if he wins the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) world super-featherweight (58.97kg) title at the Roar of Singapore II's co-main event.
His opponent in the ring at Resorts World Sentosa will be Tanzania's World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African champion Fadhili Majiha (20 wins, eight losses, four draws).
Undefeated in seven fights with six of his wins by knockout, Ridhwan said: "I feel a sense of calm confidence.
"Pressure is only for tyres - I don't have any of that. This is my moment and I am going to make full use of it and make Singapore proud.
"I've seen videos of him (Majiha), and he has been in the ring with reputable boxers. I saw him compete against a hard-hitting Filipino fighter but the fighter couldn't knock Majiha out.
"He has got the skills to evade the punches. It's not easy to beat him and it takes more than power to knock him down but I'm going to surprise him."
The former national boxer, who has won three bronze medals at the SEA Games, turned pro two years ago.
He became the first Singaporean to win a regional WBA title by claiming the Asia Featherweight Championship after a second-round KO of Indonesia's Waldo Sabu.
The event, which features nine professional fights, has an overall prize purse of $200,000. But Singapore-based boxing promoter Ringstar Management's owner Scott O'Farrell declined to disclose the exact amount winners of the main events would take home.
The inaugural event which kicked off in February this year had a purse of around $50,000.
Speaking of the increase in rewards, O'Farrell said: "This is one of the biggest purses we've had so far because we wanted to lure top fighters to compete.
"I also want to build Ridhwan's career and soon I want him to be getting three times the amount in the future."