SINGAPORE: Unbeaten Singaporean professional boxer Muhammad Ridhwan “The Chosen Wan” extended his record to 9-0 after he bested Namibian fighter Nataneal Sebastian to win the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) international super featherweight (58.97kg) title.
The 29-year-old home favourite won the bout in 12 rounds after at the Roar of Singapore III main event at Suntec Convention Centre on Friday (Oct 20).
Namibia’s Sebastian was a last-minute replacement, taking the place of injured South Africa’s Koos Sibuya back in September.
With the IBO international title victory, Ridhwan has now won his second belt under fight promoter Ringstar Promotions.
"It was a bit tricky to get shots in due to his style as he was lunging forward," said Ridhwan, after his win. "When I got the distance right, that was when I was able to hit him and clinch."
He added: "I wanted the knock-out but I’m still happy with the result as I lasted twelve rounds and I was still fresh after the bout.
"After this I’m going to go back to take a rest before going back to training again and working hard so that I can bring even more exciting fights to the fans."
Ridhwan's coach Rey Caitom Jr was happy that things worked out well.
"The plan was whether or not we could get a knock-out, we’d be prepared for whatever comes our way," said the Filipino trainer. "If there was a knock-out opportunity then we’d be ready."
"We boxed and stayed in the middle of the ring to counter him. With that style, the opponent could not fight his own game.
"One thing good about Ridhwan is that he’s good at following instructions. He did not have a problem with stamina too, as we always train hard," added Caitom Jr.
"This was the first big test for him professionally and possibly the toughest he’s ever faced so far."
In May, the three-time SEA Games bronze medallist beat Tanzanian World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African champion Fadhili Majiha via KO after four rounds, to win the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) world super-featherweight crown.