On September 29th, Muhammad Ridhwan returns to action, as the Roar of Singapore 5 heads to the Marina Bay Sands.
Ridhwan looks to become the WBO super bantamweight champion against Paulus Ambunda, and the undefeated “Chosen Wan” feels like this will be an exciting showdown.
“Ambunda is the kind of fighter who shows up and want to win. I am the kind of fighter who wants to hurt my opponent, and win, Ridhwan exclusively told FIGHT SPORTS. “I feel both our styles are more towards aggressive styles of fighting. I am not sure if he is going to fade and get slower after a few rounds, but I see him getting hurt, outworked and outclassed in the fight. I will do my best to not just win but also win convincingly.
This will be the first that Ambunda ventures outside of Namibia for a pro fight, and Ridhwan, who started his career fighting outside of his native Singapore, feels that “wherever the fight is” doesn’t matter. “To me, wherever the fight is, the ring will still be the same comfortable place for me. The ring is my safe place. Whatever that is outside is secondary and beyond my control anyway.”
“I am not sure if a crowd of close to 5000 people cheering for me will bother Paulus. I think not since he is experienced and has traveled the world to fight. But on 29 September, he will be stepping into the lion’s den, against me, and he will be nervous. He will have doubts with himself, his capabilities and while he is busy with his thoughts, I will be busy putting the pressure on him.”
Ridhwan may be looking to bring pain inside the ring, but outside of that, the Singapore city native uses the world of Manga as to unwind during training.
“I have been reading manga for quite a while now,” Ridhwan told FIGHT SPORTS exclusively over email.
“It gets my mind off hard training and thinking too much of the fight that awaits. I am a big fan of “One Punch Man, Samurai X and One Piece”.
In a recent Instagram post, Ridhwan compared himself to the crew of One Piece, which is a manga about a boy named Monkey D. Luffy, who runs a pirate ship, looking to become the next Pirate King.
I made the comparison between my boxing preparation/ journey and the One Piece crew because I know that in order to be successful and achieve my goal, I cannot do it alone. No matter how strong or capable I am, I need a strong and motivated team to push me to the top. The people I surround myself with is the key to keep my focus.
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Despite Luffy being super awesome and powerful, he is wise to understand that in order to be ‘Pirate King’, he cannot win all the battles ahead on his own and he needs a reliable, trusted team to bring him closer to his goal. Me, not as awesome as Luffy but still know that it takes a team to get me the world title belt this 29 September 2018. Massive thanks to my promoter and manager @ringstarboxing @scottringstar ,coaches @reycaitomjr @bin_deezl , sparring partner @roma_rate1992 , sponsors @fairpricesg @roomaifgroup @nutrifirst , @vandafitsg for letting me use their ring and my team at @legendsfightsport @habit.sg @bengwhocooks for being on this journey with me. I don’t know what lies ahead BUT one thing for sure, it is going to be one heck of a ride.
“Everyone in my team has their own unique role to play,” claimed Ridhwan. “They all look after me in and out of the ring and make my goal and dream to be world champion their main priority as well.”
“Their belief in my work ethic and me as a person or fighter helps with my mental, emotional strength and overall confidence. As much as we are aiming for the skies, my team also helps me stay grounded and to never forget where I come from.”