The Professionals: Eking out a career in sports - Muhamad Ridhwan

Driven by goodness, no more by hatred

Muhamad Ridhwan's professional boxing career has been left in limbo following a fallout with his management company but he refuses to stop fighting.
Muhamad Ridhwan's professional boxing career has been left in limbo following a fallout with his management company but he refuses to stop fighting. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

What does it mean to be a professional athlete in Singapore? The Straits Times takes a hard look at the lives of some of the country's sportsmen who earn a living doing what they love. We begin with the boxer Muhamad Ridhwan Boxer takes the blows of life on his chin and vows to continue pursuit of world title dream

Muhamad Ridhwan slides through the ropes and out of the ring a contented man.

The Republic's top professional boxer has just weathered a six-round bout with Indonesia's No. 2-ranked super bantamweight Noldi Manakane, a grizzled, 65-fight 35-year-old veteran, to score an unanimous-decision win.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2019, with the headline 'Driven by goodness, no more by hatred '. Print Edition | Subscribe