After nearly getting sidelined for almost a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ifugao boxing juggernaut Carl Jammes Martin hopes to fight three to four times this year.
“I just hope that some boxing promoters will invite me to fight,” said the 21-year old southpaw who unanimously decided Richard Rosales December 18 of last year in his only fight during the Covid year of 2020.
“I do hope to pick up the slack since all promotions were cancelled due to the pandemic. My team is doing its best to seek for more fights, ” added the fighter in an aired interview over a government network this week.
Martin continues to train as he is also expected to go up the weight ladder from bantamweight to super bantamweight.
“Mahirap na kasing i-maintain ang dating weight ko (It’s now difficult to maintain my old weight),” quipped the Ifugao pride who was named “Boxer of the Year” by the Kafagway/Kordillera International Sports Luminary Awards Podium (KISLAP) during the Silahis ng Pasko in 2019.
“At sana makakuha ng laban sa bagong timbang ko (Hopefully we will be able to land a fight in my new weight),” he added.
The former World Boxing Organization Oriental Youth champion was a little rusty during his fight against the Boholano Rosales as it went the distance, his second in 16 fights.
Martin debuted in March 5, 2016, a 17-year old unknown from Lagawe but then had Jayar Dimac retire . Martin won two more fights through technical knockout before winning the vacant Philippine Luzone Professional Boxing Association bantamweight title by beating Jason Buenaobra through unanimous decision.
From there, Martin went on a 10-winning streak all through TKO or knockout that saw him win the interim Philippine Boxing Federation belt, the interim World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Oriental Youth bantamweight crown, the vacant WBC Asaian bantamweight title, the World Boxing Association Asian bantamweight belt, and the vacant PBF bantamweight crown.
In 16 fights, Martin needed only 65 rounds in all to win.