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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. Photo from CJMartin file

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – It’s all systems go for reigning World Boxing Association – Asia super bantamweight king Carl Jammes Martin  fighting here before Christmas.

The Wonder Boy Carl Jammes Martin, 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, will be fighting in the Benguet capital for his 21st fight.

Pinoy Prodigy Boxing Promotion’s Miller Dep-ay said that it is all systems go with Martin seeking the International Boxing Federation – Pan-Pacific super bantamweight title fight at the Cordillera Career Development College on December 17.

Martin faces Thailand’ Komgrich Nantapech  which will be the headline of the 10 bout event co-presented by Highland Boxing Promotion.

“Martin will bring his ware here as we also hope the best for him before he goes abroad to fight in the bigger arena,” said Highland top man Brico Santig.

Martin, which had been signed by Probellum, manager of Nonito Donaire, Jr. as well, in a move that could net the Lagawe, Ifugao native a lucrative fight soon, is expected to come here two weeks before the fight to acclimatize.

The 23-year old Martin, who won 16 of his 20 victories via knockout, had been under the radar of international promoters for a couple of years now but has opted yet to fight locally to improve on his skill.

“Martin and his training camp will be in Baguio and La Trinidad two weeks before the fight, maybe the sixth or as early as the third of December,” said Santig.

He added 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.

Martin took the Philippine Boxing Federation bantamweight belt in May of 2019 which he defended successfully later that year.

He returned to the ring on December 18, 2020 , after the Covid-19 lockdowns, as a super bantamweight and beat Richard Rosales.

He next fought Joe Tejones on Feb. 20, 2021 at the Binan Football Stadium in Binan, Laguna and retired the latter in the fifth round after a body shot.

On Dec. 4, 2021, he unanimously decided Mark Anthony Geraldo to win the PBF crown.

With an 11th round TKO victory on Ronnie Baldonado on March 12, 2022 at the Eklorde Gym in Sucat, Paranaque, Martin retained his PBF title and annexed the WBA Asia super bantamweight title.

Martin’s last fight was on July 30 at the SM San Lazaro in Manila in the Battle of Tondo where he defeated Tanzanian Charles Tondo to retain his WBA belt.

Another Ifugao will be highlighted in the Martin Trinidad fight as MJ Oduna faces Danny Tampipi in an eight round fight in the same weight division. Oduna won last month in Sucat, Paranque.

The undercards will be: Roman Canto facing Eduardo Mansito (8 rounds – 130 pounds), Romeo Tenorio versus Elmar Zamora (6 rounds – 112 lbs.), Alie Laurel fighting Jecker Buhawe (6 rounds – 126 lbs), Vincent Jorda, who won also in his debut in Sucat, Paranque last month, will face a debuting Jhanjhan Himiwat (4 rounds – 116 lbs), Ronerick Ballesteros  up against Daniel Dave Egsaen (debut) in four rounds in 136 lbs for their debut, Ed Liwan opposite  Joshua Navarro (debut) (4 rounds – 122 lbs), Holmes Tagart (Debut) against Orlandino Sinaloba (4 rounds – 120 lbs) and 115 lbs.) and Marsolo Pandian (debut) vs Roel Eyes (debut) (4 RDS – 115 lbs).

Dep-ay said that three other fighters could be included in the December 17 Martin fight with Edward Heno, “King” Arthur Villanueva  and Genisis Libransa as they yet seek opponents for the three exciting fighters. Pigeon Lobien

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