Ifugao boxing pride Carl Jammes Martin appeared to be seriously moving up to the super bantamweight division after dominating the bantamweight class for years.
The 21-year-old undefeated boxer was supposed to face reigning Philippine bantamweight champion Mark Anthony Geraldo of Bukidnon next month but the championship bout was reportedly moved to a later date.
The 29-year-old Geraldo, who has an impressive professional record of 38 wins, nine losses, and three draws, reportedly sustained an injury during training, which will take two to three weeks to heal.
Geraldo clinched the vacant Philippine Games and Amusement Board super bantamweight belt when he stopped Virgel Vitor via knockout in February 2019.
He defended the belt against Lorence Rosas via technical KO in his first title defense in September 2019.
Vitor and Rosas are starting their boxing career with a professional record of 13-1-0 and 9-4-2, respectively.
This means that Martin could be his toughest test yet if the Ifugao boxer is determined to move up to the super bantamweight class.
As a natural bantamweight, Martin is perfect at 17 wins with 15 coming by way by KOs and TKOs since he turned pro in 2016.
Martin is the reigning Philippine Boxing Federation bantamweight king. He also won the World Boxing Association-Asia bantamweight title in 2018 against Moon Chul Suh.
He captured the vacant World Boxing Organization Oriental youth bantamweight belt also in 2018 against Hashimu Zuberi and defended the belt on the same year against Huerban Qiatehe.
Martin’s latest fight was in February this year when he knocked out Joe Tejones in the fifth round of their 10-bout match in Biñan, Laguna.
He has unleashed a solid blow in Tejones’ body that floored the boxer from Bukidnon and never recovered, giving the former a TKO victory. – Harley F. Palangchao