Combat sports: Rise of the fight night

Pro combat sports on the up but challenges aplenty, especially in insurance and rewards

Singapore's top boxer Muhamad Ridhwan (left, facing Filipino Jeson Umbal at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last April) eventually earned a shot at the IBO world featherweight belt. He featured last night in Manila on a show co-produced by Manny Pacquai
Singapore's top boxer Muhamad Ridhwan (left, facing Filipino Jeson Umbal at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last April) eventually earned a shot at the IBO world featherweight belt. He featured last night in Manila on a show co-produced by Manny Pacquaio, but lost.PHOTO: ST FILE, WONG YOON SANN

Towards the end of his six-round bout against Malaysian Keng Fai Hui at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last April, Singaporean professional boxer Alexandrew David suffered a nasty cut on his right eyebrow.

The gash was bad enough for the ringside doctor to advise him to go to a hospital, where David received 13 stitches.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Rise of the fight night'. Subscribe