Less than a year after moving up weight, Ifugao’s wunderkind is now a Philippine boxing champion.
Carl Jammes Martin Saturday wrested the Philippine super bantamweight belt from Mark Anthony Geraldo via unanimous decision at the Elorde Sports Complex in Sucat, Paranaque.
The 22-year old pride of Hingyon, Ifugao convinced the three judges who saw it 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in favor of the biggest prospects in Philippine boxing now.
Martin was impressive in his fight against the experienced fighter who dealt long time world junior bantamweight king Jerwin Ancajas.
Martin improved to 18-0, 15 of his victories came via knockout making him one of the biggest punchers in the country.
Geraldo, meanwhile, fell to 38-10-3.
With the win, Martin inches closer to a world fight debut.
‘I still need to prove myself and I need to be ready and get the best deal,” said Martin in Filipino earlier as he has been offered to fight in the world stage.
“Siguro mga dalawang fights pa (Maybe two more fights),” said La Trinidad, Benguet based promoter Brico Santig in a post on Facebook in response to the readiness of Martin, the KISLAP boxer of the year in 2019, to fight in the world stage.
In the main event, Charly Suarez, a 3-time Southeast Asian Game gold medalist and a 2016 Rio Olympian, totally outclassed Delmar Pellio.
Suarez was spectacular in the 10 round super-featherweight bout that the judges all scored in his favor for a 99-89, 89-89 and 100-88.
It was the 10th straight win for Suarez in as many fights, while suffered his first defeat in 10 fights.