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May 11, 2017 / BY PRESS RELEASE

 
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It is quite noteworthy that one of the most significant boxing promotions for New Zealand this year will be held in Singapore! No less than four Kiwis will be fighting for titles on Ringstar Management´s huge The Roar Of Singapore II bill at Resorts World Sentosa on May 27.

 
 
 
 

Fighters from New Zeland are Warriors”, said promoter Scott O´Farrell. “They don’t come to play around, they come to FIGHT! And we have four of the best, most entertaining Kiwis on this bill, all of whom are promising to deliver big time.”

The main attractions on the night will be undefeated homegrown hero Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan fighting to become Singapore´s first ever boxing World Champion, and World Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford defending his title.

And UBO World Champion Ford will have the pleasure of facing on of New Zealand´s most popular fighters, namely Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (29-6-1, 21 KOs), who sees this fight as an outstanding opportunity to finally become a world champion after being unlucky in two previous attempts.

In 2015 he came out on the wrong end of a close decision to Thomas Oosthuizen in South Africa in a bid for the IBO World Championship, and just this past February he lost on an injury to Dmitry Bivol in Russia for the WBA crown.

Berridge has had a long and hard training camp, and he realizes that, while only 32 years old, this could be his last chance to fulfill his ultimate goal: a world title. He has won numerous regional belts since turning pro in 2009, so he is coming to Singapore hungry to take the final step to the very top.

Undefeated IBO Asia-Pacific Welterweight Champion Cairo “The Waikato Warrior” George (12-0, 6 KOs) first signed on to defend his title against former World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Champion Rafik Harutjunjan from Holland, so when the Dutchman pulled out George had to adjust to a new style in his preparations for new foe Stevie Ferdinandus (24-13-1, 12 KOs) from Indonesia.

Coming off recovery from a hand-injury, George, who is also the New Zealand national champion, has not fought since March of 2016, so he is chomping at the bits to get back in the ring. Already in weight for the fight weeks out, he is eager to make up for lost time:

This has been one of my longest camps, and I am just ready to go”, said George when interviewed recently. “I really believe this is going to be one of my best performances, and I cant wait to go to Singapore and do my thing. This is going to be the Kiwi Takeover.”

UBO Asia-Pacific Cruiserweight Champion Ben Kelleher (3-0-2, 2 KOs) won his title on The Roar Of Singapore I, last February 17. While residing in Brisbane, Australia, he is still very proud to represent New Zealand when he goes to war in the ring.

Still only a five-fight novice in professional boxing, which makes it quite impressive that he is already a champion, he has vast battle-experience from MMA, a sport he is still very much active in. In fact, he has an MMA fight scheduled the week after his fight in Singapore, so no time to rest on his laurels if he wins.

It wont be an easy night for Kelleher on May 27, as he takes on one of Malaysia’s most promising prospects in Stephen Anak Jenggieng (2-0, 1 KO). With both boxers at the start of their boxing careers, the result of this fight is very much up in the air.

Kelleher vs. Anak is a 50/50 fight”, said Scott O´Farrell. “Ford vs. Berridge is a 50/50 fight, George vs. Ferdinandus is close to a 50/50 fight, and Mirage Khan vs. Chase Haley is very evenly matched too. These guys don’t want easy jobs, and we are not giving them easy jobs!”

The aforementioned Chase Haley (3-1, 1 KO) is the last of the four Kiwi Warriors on the card, and it is safe to say that he has a huge challenge ahead of him.

In only his fifth outing the man from Dunedin in South New Zealand will be challenging UBO Inter-Continental and Asia-Pacific Light Heavyweight Champion “Miracle” Mirage Khan (8-1, 4 KOs) from Malaysia, with the vacant IBO Oceania title also on the line.

But just like Kelleher, Haley is also an accomplished MMA fighter and according to O´Farrell he could likely be the toughest opponent Mirage Khan has faced to date:

I know how Chase Haley fights, and no one should be fooled by the fact that he only has four professional boxing matches so far. When you are a true fighter, you are a true fighter, and Haley is going to come out swinging and it will be a real war. I am really looking forward to this one!”

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Produced and broadcast to over one-hundred million potential viewers across Asia by Eleven Sports Network, The Roar Of Singapore II – The Pride Of Singapore on May 27 at Resorts World Sentosa will feature ten championship fights, including four world title fights.

Muhamad Ridhwan (7-0, 6 KOs) vs. Fadhili Majia (20-8-4, 9 KOs) for the UBO World Super Featherweight title will be one of two headlining bouts, along with Canada’s undefeated UBO World Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan “The Real Deal” Ford (11-0, 7 KOs), defending against Robert Berridge (29-6-1, 21 KOs) from New Zealand.

In a special attraction, former UFC Star Taylor “Double Impact” Lapilus from France will be making his professional boxing debut, taking on experienced former two-time Indonesian champion Heri Andriyanto (22-24-2, 10 KOs).

For further information, please contact Scott Patrick Farrell on scott@ringstar-boxing.com or Phone numbers: +65 87 999 100 (Mobile) / +65 652 197 55 (Office).

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Tickets are available from: http://www.getwaave.com  

Ringstar Management on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ringstarboxing

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