December 8, 2023

Still undefeated Cordillera boxer Carl Jammes Martin is hopeful he will start his dream to fight in the international arena once his application for a U.S. visa is approved.

The Lagawe, Ifugao and Tondo, Manila native shared his dream to journalists following his unanimous decision victory against Oscar Duge of Tanzania at the Elorde Ballroom in Parañaque on weekend.

STILL UNDEFEFEATED — Rising Filipino prospect Carl Jammes Martin of Lagaw, Ifugao kept his unblemished record when he won via unanimous decision against Oscar Duge of Tanzania at the Elorde Ballroom in Parañaque on weekend. Martin is awaiting for his U.S. visa approval so he could display his boxing skills in the international stage. — Contributed photo

Martin, 24, admitted Duge was his toughest opponent yet as the Tanzanian boxer landed some solid blows during the 10-round non-title bout.

But Martin, who holds the International Boxing Federation International super bantamweight belt, has dictated the tempo throughout the contest.

Duge was indeed tough, as he ma-naged to finish the bout and landed some overhand right while Martin punished him with body punches.

The three scoring judges scored the bout 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92 in favor of the Filipino prospect.

Martin has improved his unblemished record to 22 wins with 17 coming by way of stoppage while Duge dropped his record to 11 wins, five losses, and two draws.

In December 2022, Martin stopped Komgrich Nantapech of Bangkok, Thailand via second-round knockout in La Trinidad, Benguet to capture the vacant IBF international bantamweight belt.

Nantapech is a veteran boxer with 40 professional bouts.

Martin, who works with MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons, said his future international flights will be a game changer, as he expressed hope he will follow the footsteps of former Filipino world boxing champions.

“We are just waiting for my visa. While waiting for my visa we told Sir Sean (Gibbons) to give us a fight so there would be no ring rust. We are going out of the country,” Martin said. – Harley F. Palangchao