Singapore Slasher sets sights higher

Unbeknownst to most of his countrymen, Juggernaught Fight Club's Syafiq ‘Slasher’ Abdul Samad continues to fight for Singaporean glory in regional fighting circuits.

Syafiq Slasher Abdul Samad MMA Boxing

Having already notched wins in his professional debuts in Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), the teenager is looking to expand his repertoire of deadly moves further.

“I want to continue exploring all areas in this field.” said Syafiq to ESPNSTAR at Thursday's weigh-in for the Dragon Fire World Championship, which will be held at the Marina Bay Sands.

The Singaporean will be making his boxing debut in a baptism of fire against another debutant, James ‘Shakespear’ Goyder – a sports journalist.

“I may be nervous but this is already my third debut,” added the student of Republic Polytechnic. "As always, I'll be aiming for a win."

Back in Singapore following his MMA win against Hong Kong’s Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ) purple-belter Donald Thong via a third-round triangle choke, Syafiq was thankful for the support he has been shown.

“I’ve been with my trainer Aarvind Lalwani for the longest time ever since Fightworks Asia," said the 19-year-old. "The support that Juggernaught Fight Club has given me is immense.”

One of the marquee names in Singapore’s fighting scene, Juggernaught Fight Club has been growing its stable of fighters and trainers and competing against the bigger brands like OneFC’s Evolve MMA as well as Fightworks Asia; and snatching wins in the various championships around the region.

Earning his nickname from being slashed by gangsters at 14, Syafiq was optimistic about the fight scene in his hometown and around Asia.

“It’s definitely growing - there is a bigger resonance to the circuits now," he said.

"We’re all committed to making it bigger together and I have no qualms about fully going into the industry as a professional fighter and coach.”

The future for the region’s martial arts industry seems fighting fit for now, and with the unearthing of bright and hardened youngsters like Syafiq, it appears that the only way is up.

Stay tuned for the results from the Dragon Fire World Championship Boxing on @espn_star on Friday, November 9 at 7pm.

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