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Martin in Valley two weeks before IBF – Pan Pacific super bantam fight

THE WONDER BOY. WBA – Asia super bantamweight champion Carl James Martin will face Thai Komgrich Nantapech on December 17 at the Cordillera Career Development College gym for the vacant IBF Pan-Pacific super bantamweight crown. Nine other fights are scheduled under the Wonder Boy’s title fight. Here he poses with Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas and WBA – Asia South bantamweight king Arthur Villanueva during their courtesy call with the governor and the provincial council Monday morning. Pigeon Lobien

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet –  Highland training for young boxing prodigy Carl Jammes Martin has started in the Valley since his arrival Saturday in preparation for his December 27 date with a Thai for the International Boxing Federation – Pan Pacific super bantamweight belt.

Martin actually started his regular routine Sunday with joggings at 7AM, followed by conditioning and strengthening exercises until 830AM.

By Tuesday, Martin will take on three time world bantamweight contender Arthur Villanueva, who just came from Japan to serve as sparring partner to world bantamweight king Naoya Inoue.

“Maybe it will be just two rounds for the two tomorrow,” said Pinoy Boxing Prodigy top man Darwin Dep-ay, lead promoter of the December 27 event headlined by the 23 year old Martin, the reigning World Boxing Association – Asia super bantamweight king.

Villanueva is a little smaller than Martin but is the best sparring mate for the Ifugao-Visaya boxer who spend much of his younger years in Lagawe, Ifugao and where he started boxing competitively.

Martin (20 wins – 0 loss – 16 knock outs) Monday met with Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas before meeting with the provincial board under vice governor Ericson Felipe, who wished the young boxing prodigy good luck in his fight against Komgrich Nantapech.

“It was a clamor of Cordillerans to see Martin fight in the Cordilleras and so we bring him here,” said Dep-ay, the country’s youngest promoter. He added that Martin has already signed with Probellum, which manages former world champion Nonito Donaire, but has opted to stay in the Philippines to further improve some of the facets of his game beside granting requests for him to fight in the Philippines before fighting abroad.

On Tuesday, Martin is set to meet officials of La Trinidad to be led by acting mayor, the vice mayor Roderick Awinga, who said that he can meet the young boxer early morning before he goes to his busy pre-Christmas schedule.

The Wonder Boy Carl Jammes Martin is the brightest Cordilleran prospect since World Boxing Association junior welterweight champion Roberto Cruz in the 1960s and bantamweight world title contender Rey Tam in the 1970s.

It is the biggest boxing event here since the days of Dayer Gabutan and Rex Wa-o.

Highland Boxing Promotions Brico Santig said that the Thai opponent will be flying to the Philippines on December 14 and will bus to Baguio on the same day, so he could be available for a possible press conference and a walk through cum parade at Session Road.

The Thai has recently contracted the Covid-19 virus recently but will be ready for his December 17 fight.

“We have already confirmed our sanction with the IBF,” said Santig. Pigeon Lobien

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