SINGAPORE - Boxer Muhamad Ridhwan's professional career received a boost on Thursday (June 14) after NTUC FairPrice announced its official sponsorship of the Singaporean.
The 30-year-old will face Thailand's Pipat Chaiporn for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) super bantamweight (55kg) world title at the Roar of Singapore 5 event here on Sept 29.
The cash sponsorship, which is understood to worth five figures, will include support for Ridhwan's training expenses, sparring partners and training camps in the lead-up to the bout.
Said Ridhwan, who in April won the IBO intercontinental featherweight title: "I am deeply honoured to represent Singapore in this upcoming world title fight and grateful to have earned the sponsorship (of) FairPrice, an organisation that I can identify with like most Singaporeans.
"I want to thank FairPrice for their steadfast belief in local sportsmen and my quest to be Singapore's first boxing world champion."
FairPrice will also be the official sponsor of the Roar of Singapore 5, organised by Ringstar.
Said NTUC FairPrice chief executive Seah Kian Peng: "FairPrice is proud to be the official sponsor of both Ridhwan and Roar of Singapore 5, driven by our belief that sports is an effective platform to bring Singaporeans from all walks of life together.
"As a homegrown brand, we also champion the efforts of local talents who represent Singapore on a world stage and strive to excel and bring glory to the nation.
"We stand behind Ridhwan and encourage all Singaporeans to support and cheer him on as he competes for the world championship title."