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FIGHT FOR GLORY. Carl Jammes Martin (20-0-0 16 KOs) and Thai Komgrich Nantapech (31-5 0 22KOs), during the official weigh in at the Benguet Provincial Capitol grounds last Friday prior their match for the International Boxing Federation Pan Pacific super bantamweight belt. The two will go head to head today at the Cordillera Career Development College Admirals gym. Pigeon Lobien

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The day has come for what could be the biggest fight for the young Carl Jammes Martin as he faces Komgrich Nantapech at the Cordillera Career Development College Admirals gym tonight.

It will be the biggest boxing fight since Rey Tam’s 1977 battled a Japanese that led to world title match five months later.

“This is it laban,” cried the 23 year old Ifugao warrior who wants to improve his stock as he eyes international fights next year.

Martin said that he tries to use his youth on fighting the more experienced 33-year old Thai who lost to Donnie Nietes for the vacant International Boxing Federation world flyweight belt in 2017.

“We’ll go for a knockdown,” said Nantapech but admitted that it will be a tall task against the undefeated Martin speaking through an interpreter.

“This is the biggest fight ever here since Rey Tam fought Apollo Yoshio (32-8-4 win-loss-draw) in (November 20) 1977,” said Pinoy Boxing Prodigy Promotions top man Darwin Miller Dep-ay during the press conference after the official weigh in for Martin and  Nantapech Friday at the Benguet Provincial Capitol grounds.

The Martin – Nantapech (31-5 – 22 KOs) Fight for Glory: Homecoming has at stake the IBF Pan-Pacific super bantamweight belt.

The country’s youngest promoter compared Martin to the legendary Benguet fighter Tam who was undefeated in 20 fights when he faced the Japanese in Baguio City for the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation super featherweight belt which Tam won by points.

Tam actually won 19 of his earlier fights, drew one and 11 of those fight came via knockout. On the other hand, Martin won all his fights with 16 coming via knockout.

Tam went on to knocked out Hae Eun Jung on February 4, 1978 before facing Nicaraguan legend Alexis Arguello but lost in the fifth round via technical knockout.

Martin steps to the ring Saturday hoping to get past Nantapech, a former world title contender, and who is eyeing his 10th straight victory after back to back losses in 2017 to Nietes and Juan Carlos Reveco, both coming from unanimous decision.

“I really would like to gain experience and use my height advantage over Nantapech,” said Martin who at 5 foot and six inches has a three inch advantage over the Thai.

A win could propel the World Boxing Association – Asia super bantamweight king Martin near the top of the IBF. Martin is seventh in the IBF ranking which has Murodjon Akhmadaliev (11-0-0) as champion. Above Martin are number one contender Filipino Marlon Tapales (36-3-0), a vacant number 2, Mexican Luis Nery (33-1-0), American Raeese Aleem (20-0-0), Japanese Takuma Inoue (17-1-0) and South African Zolani Tete (30-4-0) who lost his World Boxing Organization world bantamweight belt to John Riel Casimero in Nov. 30, 2019.

Martin is ranked eighth by the WBO which has Stephen Fulton (21-0-0) as champion and who is also the World Boxing Council king, 15th by the WBC, 13th by the WBA which Akhmadaliev rules.

“Martin has his best ranking in the IBF, so it was the best way for him to earn a world title shot,” said Highland Boxing Promotions chief Brico Santig, whose gym at Strawberry is where the two contenders train, Martin using the 1-2 PM schedule while the Thai at 3-4PM.

The Provincial Government and the La Trinidad Municipal offices support Martin’s “homecoming” fight which is supported by Jomarcann Construction. Pigeon Lobien

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