Combat sports: Rise of the fight night

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

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe