Rizan keeps fit to fight - and train young boxers

Rizan keeps fit to fight - and train young boxers
Mohamad Nor Rizan (left) showing a student how to duck under punches at the Fight Pro-Motion gym.

SINGAPORE - Boxing stories did not use to end all that well.

History is littered with examples of washed-up pugilists sliding quickly from the spit bucket to skid row when the lights faded on their blood-splattered careers.

Thankfully, times have changed. The growth in popularity of recreational combat sports means fighters can keep punching for pay, even when their time in the ring is over.

Some even balance their fistic careers with a lucrative sideline in coaching at the same time.

Boxer Mohamad Nor Rizan is one fighter making the most of the current boom.

The 35-year-old pugilist has thrown his weight behind a new gym on Serangoon Road, hoping it will inject some life into the twilight of his stop-start career.

He is also teaching young hopefuls the skills he has garnered from 13 years in the pain game.

"Training people keeps me fresh and helps me to go over the basics again," said Rizan, who works as the head boxing coach at the Fight Pro-Motion (FPM) gym, which is located above a coffee shop on the corner of Beatty Road.

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