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Paulus Ambunda defeated Muhamad Ridhwan, claims IBO title

RINGSIDE 30/09/2018

Ringstar Boxing, Asia’s fastest growing sports media property, just staged its biggest boxing match to date, with ‘Roar of Singapore V – The Kings of Lion City’, which took place at Marina Bay Sands last Saturday, September 29, 2018, and was seen all over the world via its broadcast partners.

Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan, faced his first defeat in his entire professional career, 11-1. With the much coveted IBO World Super Bantamweight title going to Namibian boxer Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda, at the end of the evening. Ambunda won by split decision, with the judges scorecard showing – 115-113, 116-111, 112-115.

When asked about his thoughts on the fight, Ridhwan says, “I tried to work out my plan, but he made it difficult for me, I have no excuses. I feel disappointed that for the first time in my professional career, I lost. But I just have to deal with it. I think somehow, everybody loses, it is just a matter of learning from it, and once I learn from this loss, I will come back stronger.”

Ridhwan also assured his fans that he will be back, “But I will come back. I always come back. I am still hungry to win.”

While Ringstar Founder & CEO Scott Farrell says, “Muhamad Ridwan showed that he’s ready, he may not have won the decision, but he’s ready and he will be back. One day he will be world champion, mark my words.”

While Filipino IBO world champion Michael “Gloves on Fire” Dasmarinas’ non-title bout vs. Ghana’s Manyo “Black Flash” Plange, ended in a draw, with the scorecards showing these numbers – 93-97, 95-95, and 96-94.

Boxing analyst Mike Ochosa shared his thoughts on the match, and says, “Plange was really ready for Michael Dasmarinas. Whatever scouting reports we saw about him, is true. Makamay, masipag,…he punched a lot, so perhaps from the judges’ point of view, it looked like he was more aggressive, and he was the busier fighter. However, if you look at the tapes, Michael was connecting the power shots, but not throwing a lot. While Plange was not connecting, but throwing a lot.”