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Martin convincingly defends WBA Asia crown

CARL JAMMES MARTIN with his belt strapped on his waist stands beside Charles Tondo, left, and the referee raising his hand after winning the fight at SM San Lazaro Saturday. From the CJM Facebook Page

Ifugao pride Carl Jammes Martin successfully defended his World Boxing Association – Asia super bantamweight belt Saturday after a lopsided unanimous decision win over Tanzanian Charles Tondo at SM San Lazaro in Manila.

The 23 year old Hingyon, Ifugao native got the nod of the three judges 118-110, 119-109 and 119-110 for his first title defense of the belt he won last March and first under Parabellum Promotions, which is expected to give him his first international fight soon.

The fighters started out slowly and tried to feel each other in the first round. In the second Martin unleashed his patented straight left that bothered Tondo. In round three, the two threw a series of stiff combinations with, Martin, however, getting the advantage.

In round four, Tondo stunned Martin with a hard right hook, which the Filipino shook off. Martin came back strong in the next round when he unleashed a series of combinations that stunned the African.

Martin was the better man in the sixth round when he stormed Tondo with a barrage of punches to the body and head which the latter survived.

By round 9, Martin stepped on the gas which the visitor survived and even came out with hos own counterpunches.

Martin landed left straights in the 10th and followed it up with hard body shots in the following round. Martin pressed on the last round but Tondo came out with his last hurrah but was not enough to overturn the outcome of the fight.

With the win, Martin improved to 20-0, 16 of which came via knockouts, while Tondo dropped to 12-6-2 with 5 KOs. Pigeon Lobien

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