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Martin in light workout before rigid training to lose 8 pounds

POWER PUNCH. Carl Jammes Martin hits the punching bag during training at the Highland Boxing Gym last Tuesday after light sparring with Arthur Villanueva. Pigeon Lobien

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Reigning World Boxing Association – Asia super bantamweight champion Carl Jammes Martin is spending his first week here doing light works before he gets down to business seven days into the fight including bringing his weight down by eight pounds, coach and father Abel Martin said at the Highland Boxing gym here Tuesday.

The elder Martin said that two rounds of sparring with WBA – Asia South bantamweight titlist Arthur Villanueva was enough Tuesday afternoon after visiting La Trinidad vice mayor Roderick Awingan to promote the fight slated December 17 against Thai Komgrich Nanpatech for the International Boxing Federation – Pan Pacific super bantamweight championship.

More than two would not help said the father who has directed his son boxer to spar in Manila. “Sparring sessions were from 4 to 6 to 8, to 10 to 12 and back down. We had 10 sparring sessions, but now we now concentrate on having him trim to 122 pounds during fight night,” the elder Martin told reporters during the session with Villanueva.

“That is why we asked for two weeks,” said the coach, who and his son arrived last Saturday here for the 23 year old boxing sensation to acclimatize and buckle down to losing the extra eight pounds.

Martin is usually on the road for his run at 7AM, particularly at the Strawberry Field area where he try to catch his breath due to his long stay in Manila. “Slowly, he is getting acclimatized to the weather and the thinner air,” said the father in Filipino.

Then it is strength and conditioning until 830AM. By 1 PM, he hits the gym where he shadow boxes, hits the mitts and the punching bag and a light sparring.

The father coach said that they are also studying the moves of the Thai opponent who will be arriving in the Philippines on December 14 in time for the December 17 fight at the Cordillera Career Development College gym dubbed as Fight for Glory: Homecoming.

It is expected to be the last fight of Martin in local soils and first and last at the province after years of fighting in his mother’s hometown,  Lagawe, Ifugao.

“It was a plea from our kailyans to see him fight here before he fights abroad,” Pinoy Boxing Prodigy top man Darwin Miller Dep-ay, who promotes the fight here with Highland Boxing Promotion and with the support of the Media for Sports Development, told Awingan and policemen during the Tuesday courtesy call.

Nine exciting bouts from four to eight rounds are scheduled in the 5PM bout including MJ Oduna and the young Ronnierick Ballesteros, an 18 year old from Malasiqui, Pangasinan who won the gold in the Batang Pinoy in 2019.

“We look forward to the success of the event as we eye more boxing events in the future,” said Dep-ay during a visit with Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas last Monday.

“We have lots of promising boxers but we need a venue for them to improve their skill and their value, so we can give them a much better and bigger fight and maybe even an international exposure,” added Dep-ay, who late last month was in Dubai for the fight of his ward KJ Natuplag, another Ifugao native. Pigeon Lobien

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