Fans welcome return of boxing spectacles

Fadhil Yunus

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik graced a boxing tournament held by the Brunei Boxing Association (BBA) and host club Jab Gym at the Youth Centre in the capital on Saturday.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen, founder of Jab Gym, was also present.

It was the first boxing event in the country since the pandemic and the COVID-19 restrictions have been in place.

The event started with boxers’ weigh-ins on Thursday, novice fights on Friday culminating in the finale with four exhibition fights and two novice fights on Saturday.

A total of 100 boxers participated and the entire event was live streamed on imagine’s YouTube channel.

The main card on Saturday’s evening saw Lex Igwe of Jab Gym winning his bout in the first round against MI Boxing opponent Muhammad Irfan bin Abdul Razak.

His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Mateen, founder of Jab Gym, look on as boxers go toe-to-toe in a boxing tournament at Jab Gym at the Youth Centre in the capital on Saturday. The event was held in collaboration between Brunei Boxing Association (BBA) and host club Jab Gym
Lex Igwe of Jab Gym and Muhammad Irfan bin Abdul Razak of MI Boxing during a match; and other fighters during the event. PHOTOS: JAB GYM

Lex landed a powerful punch just 12 seconds into the contest, sending Muhammad Irfan to
the canvas.

The novice fights on the final night saw Jee Sing Haw representing Jab Gym emerging victorious against Danny Sii Tang Yang of Khalifa MMA while Awangku Mohd Maqawi bin Pengiran Duraman of The Boxr won against Mohammad Farhan Nizam bin Zaini from Wolfpack.

Meanwhile, in the exhibition category, Kevin Lim Chee Cong of Jab Gym defeated Koo Jin Fuh of Gojira with Mohammad Yazid bin Mohammad Taib of Box Lab winning his bout against Aaron Lim of Project Mayhem and Mohammad Ariff bin Razali of Pahlawan picking a win against Muhammad Adib bin Pehin Sulaiman of Wolfpack.

The first day of the event on Friday saw 018 MMA fighter Arma Zulfaqar coming out on top against Nasrul Haq of 123 Fitness in the lightweight (60kg category) and a win for Shahrizal fighting out of Yussof Gym against Muhammad Hariz of MBC. Muhammad Fakhri bin Haji Mohd Sharon of TKO won his bout against Aiman Effendy of Wolfpack in the fly
(52kg) category.

Box Lab recorded the most wins with 10 followed by Khalifa MMA with eight and Project Mayhem with seven wins.

Yussof Boxing had four wins while 018 MMA, Chainblock, Gojira, Jab Gym and MBC had three wins each.

The participating gyms were Box Lab, Khalifa MMA, Project Mayhem, Yussof Boxing, 018 MMA, Chainblock, Gojira, Jab Gym, MBC, 123 Fitness, MI Boxing, Pahlawan, The Boxr, TKO and Wolfpack.

The meet helped revive the domestic boxing scene and provided an opportunity for the country’s boxing talents to showcase their skills while portraying qualities such as determination, perseverance, discipline and sportsmanship.

The event was also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.