Filipino boxer Carl Jammes Martin will be back in action after an eight-month hiatus, as he stakes his unblemished record against Oscar Duge of Tanzania on Aug. 19 at the Mandaluyong City College Gym.
The Ifugao native Martin, 24, was not seen inside the ring since he stopped Komgricj Nantapech of Thailand via se-cond-round knockout at the Cordillera Career and Development College in La Trinidad, Benguet on Dec. 17, 2022.
The upcoming non-title fight will be an acid test anew for the Filipino, as Duge has not suffered a knockout since he turned a professional boxer more than a decade ago.
The 26-year-old Tanzanian pugilist has 11 wins, five losses, and two draws in his professional career.
But Duge will enter the ring as an underdog and in hostile territory, as Martin enjoys a fight experience and hometown crowd.
Martin has defeated some of the previously promising and unbeaten boxers to rule the bantamweight and super bantamweight divisions in the country and in the Pacific region.
Martin is currently the International Boxing Federation Pan Pacific super bantamweight champion, as well as the World Boxing Association Asia super bantamweight king.
He also held the Games and Amusement Board super bantamweight belt from December 2021 to August 2022.
Martin now has 22 wins against zero loss and ranked sixth in the super bantamweight/junior featherweight world ranking in the IBF.
The WBA ranked Martin at 12th spot while the World Boxing Council ranked him at 13th in the super bantamweight division. – Harley F. Palangchao