Combat sports: S'porean boxers maintain 100% records at home but MMA fighter Amir Khan loses in Myanmar

Local professional boxer Hamzah Farouk earned the nod from all three judges after the six-round fight at The Ring Boxing Community on Feb 23, 2018.
Local professional boxer Hamzah Farouk earned the nod from all three judges after the six-round fight at The Ring Boxing Community on Feb 23, 2018.PHOTO: THE RING FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP

SINGAPORE - Local professional boxer Hamzah Farouk burnished his record to four wins from four fights, after posting a unanimous decision victory over Indonesian Master Suro at The Ring Fighting Championship on Friday night (Feb 23).

A dominant display saw the 29-year-old earn the nod from all three judges after the six-round fight at The Ring Boxing Community along Kim Yam Road.

Hamzah, who is a boxing coach at The Ring Boxing Community, said he was targeting a regional title by the end of the year.

"I feel great," he said, after his win. "I think I executed the game plan for which I've trained for so long, which was to use my jab, my range, not to get hit so much and not to rush things.

"We'll now go back to the drawing board, train harder and I hope to get more fights. In the near future, towards the end of the year, I hope to fight for a regional title and we'll see where we go from there."

Another local pro boxer, Muhammad Ashiq, also maintained a 100 per cent record after he posted a technical knockout victory over Indonesia's Caem Rasmanudin to notch his second win.

Rasmanudin, 30, had 44 professional fights under his belt going into his bout with 22-year-old Ashiq, but was downed after just two minutes in the first round.

Like Hamzah, Ashiq hopes to build his experience and get a shot at a title by the end of the year.

"God willing, I will be able to get an 8-0 record, and also a regional title," he said.

Elsewhere on the card, national amateur boxer Leona Hui earned a unanimous decision victory over Danisha Mathi to win The Ring Fighting Championship women's light flyweight title, while Taiwanese boxer Tawee Wei beat Evolve MMA's Samantha Quek for the featherweight title.

On the same night, some 2,500km away in Myanmar, mixed martial arts fighter Amir Khan was dealt a blow in his hopes for a shot at the One Championship lightweight title, after he was beaten by Russian Timofey Nastyukhin.

Amir, 23, found himself on the backfoot for most of the three-round fight at One's Quest For Gold event at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, which Nastyukhin won via unanimous decision.


Correction note: This story has been updated for accuracy.