Boxer Muhamad Ridhwan: From cleaning toilets to fighting for belts

Singapore's top professional boxer Muhamad Ridhwan posing in front of Marina Bay Sands ahead of his International Boxing Organisation super bantamweight world title fight against Namibian Paulus Ambunda at the Roar of Singapore V: The Kings of Lion C
Singapore's top professional boxer Muhamad Ridhwan posing in front of Marina Bay Sands ahead of his International Boxing Organisation superbantam weight world title fight against Namibian Paulus Ambunda at the Roar of Singapore V: The Kings of Lion City event tonight.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

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As he peered over his shoulder at the massive, iconic Marina Bay Sands towers that formed the backdrop of his photo shoot, Muhamad Ridhwan could not help but smirk as he considered the absurdity of it all.

Less than three years ago, he was cleaning toilets at a cramped dormitory in Cebu in the Philippines, trying to prove he could cut it in professional boxing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline 'From cleaning toilets to fighting for belts'. Print Edition | Subscribe