The Roar Of Singapore - Press-Conference Quotes

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January 12, 2017 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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As part of the promotion for the big “Roar of Singapore” show at the Foo Chow Building in Singapore on February 17, Ringstar Management Ltd. held a press-conference on Thursday afternoon (January 12) at the Penny Black Pub.


The show will be headlined by a fight for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) World Light Heavyweight title between Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (9-0) of Canada and New Zealand´s Sam “The Terror” Rapira (15-3).

In the semi-main event, UBO Asia-Pacific champion “Miracle” Mirage Khan, AKA Muhammad Meeraj, (7-1) from Malaysia will take on Australian underachiever Jake Gathercole (4-6-1) for the vacant UBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight crown.

Also, local star Rafi Majid (3-0), who if successful will become Singapore’s first ever professional boxing champion, will go for the vacant UBO Asia-Pacific title at Super Middleweight against battle-tested Jonathan Simamora (32-30) from Indonesia, and Benjamin Kelleher (2-0-1) from New Zealand takes on Satria Antasena (10-8) of Indonesia for the vacant UBO Asia-Pacific Cruiserweight title.

The history-making show, officially the biggest promotion in Singapore History and the first single card with four UBO title fights, will also feature UBO Inter-Continental Female Super Featherweight champion Nurshashidah Roslie (4-1), and other interesting undercard match-ups.

Tickets are available at


Quotes from the press-conference included:

Scott Patrick O´Farrell (Ringstar Management Ltd. Founder and CEO):

If we are going to do the beginning, we are going to do it well. We just have to keep filling seats, bring the crowd, entertainment and most of all, the talent. We are going to make Singapore a real destination for real, professional and exciting boxing.”

What you are seeing in front of you now is the face of professional boxing in Singapore. We are going to show the boxers that if you are a professional athlete and you want to reach these great heights, we are the way to go. We don’t have the Pacquiaos or the Floyd Mayweathers right now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t.”

"We're here to stay and we want to grow and develop the boxing scene here. I saw that there wasn't an existing pathway here for growth for those who are outside the world's top 100 and those who are making the jump from amateur to professional boxing. So I would like to give them a chance to compete at a world stage and for them to be proud that they can win major world titles."

Rafi Majid (UBO Asia-Pacific Super Middleweight title-challenger):

I am very, very excited for this fight. I hope all of you can come by and see, it’s going to be one hell of a night.”

Arvind Lalwani (Trainer and Manager of Majid):

He’s ready for the step up. Rafi has good power for his weigh. We are training for an eight-round fight and I am pretty confident Rafi will knock him out."

I’ve put up five shows last year already and we are progressing. With Ringstar coming in, we are only going to get bigger and better with more support. I would say in the next three years or so, we might actually have a Singaporean challenging for a world title here. That would be big news.”

Syed Abdul Khadir (President of the Singapore Boxing Association):

"Singapore used to be a mecca for boxing in the 1950s to 60s, when boxers from across Asia came to Singapore to fight, and events at venues like the Gay World Stadium were held every month. I hope that this event brings back the hype for boxing again."









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