When we talk about the most exciting prospects in world boxing we can't help but include Filipino youngster Carl Jammes Martin (13-0, 12). The 20 yeah old "Wonder Boy" isn't a former amateur stand out, or someone many are tipping to reach the top of the sport any time soon, but he is the dictionary definition of an exciting fighter, and he is certainly a prospect, even if he's not an elite prospect.
Today Martin headlined an ESPN5 card taking on Thai visitor Yutthichai Wannawong (9-9, 7), and again looked every bit a made for TV star, with an all aggression style that will bring in fans and keep them captivated, for as long as the fights last.
Martin started fast, bringing the heat the the visitor, who looked uncomfortable early on. To his credit Yuttchichai tried to fight back but was horribly out classed and was backed on to the ropes late in the opening round. A sweeping shot right hand from Martin then dropped his man who failed to beat the 10 count, being counted out in the dying seconds of the round, with what was a very slow count.
In regards to the count the referee seemed to pause his count at 8, giving the fighter a chance to continue if he wanted, before Yutthichai made it clear he didn't want to fight on. It was a weird count but one that gave the Thai the clear chance to continue if he wanted, and had just misjudged the count. It was strange, though we'll admit we did like it from the referee.
Given how short this bout was we're hoping to see Martin back in action sooner rather than later, and hopefully against a significantly better opponent than Yuttichai.
Yesterday Filipino promotional outfit Sanman Promotions announced their next card to feature on ESPN5 in the Philippines, set for June 8th, and it's a pretty interesting one with several notable names, mixing top Filipino prospects with a former world title challenger and a former world champion.
The most notable fight on the card will see unbeaten Filipino Jayson Mama (12-0, 6) take on former WBA Minimumweight champion Ekkawit Songnui (49-6-1, 26), aka Kwanthai Sithmorseng, in a 10 round bout. This looks interesting on paper, given the gulf in experience, but it's hard to see past the younger, bigger, fresher Mama.
Another world level name on this show is Randy Petalcorin (29-3-1, 22), who is taking on Thai journeyman Worawatchai Boonjan (14-21-1, 13), aka Phupha Por Nobnom.
For Petalcorin this will be his first bout since losing to Felix Alvarado in an IBF Light Flyweight world title fight last October, whilst the visitor will look to end a 2-fight losing streak.
Another of the top prospects on this card is the all action Carl Jammes Martin (12-0, 11), who returns to the ESPN5 screens as he takes on unbeaten Indian visitor Rakesh Lohchab (6-0, 2). Martin made his TV debut last time out, stopping Petchchorhae Kokietgym in thrilling fashion and looks like a true "made for TV" fighter, so fingers crossed he puts on another showcase here.
One other bout set for TV is an all-Filipino show down between the unbeaten Dave Apolinario (10-0 6) an the once promising, though now very much faltering, Dexter Alimento (13-6, 9). Apolinario has shone on ESPN5 shows in the past, and looked an elite level prospect earlier in the year when he defeated Romshane Sarguilla, and he appears to have all the tools to go a very, very long way. Alimention on the other hand has been stopped in his last 3, is win-less in in his last 4 and is 2-6 in his last 8.
As with the other ESPN5 cards this is expected to be streamed around the globe courtesy of ESPN5's youtube account.
Filipino teenage sensation Carl Jammes Martin (12-0, 11) finally made his TV debut, after fighting on social media streams, and faced off with Thai foe Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-3, 8), in what looked like a decent test on paper.
The Filipino came out like he had a point to prove, though wild and reckless at times. Despite missing a fair bit the heavy handed power of Martin was on show and he managed to drop his man after about 90 seconds. The Thai managed to recover well and ended up landing some solid blows later in the round. Petchchcorhae came out aggressively for the second round and had moments of success, backing Martin on to the ropes, but the Filipino showed a good boxing brain and landed solid uppercuts on the Thai, punishing him for coming in with his head low. Not only did Martin land good uppercuts but also finished the round well, with a nice flurry on the Thai in the dying seconds of the round.
In round 3 Martin dictated the pace, which had slowed significantly, and began to land pretty much as and when he wanted on the Thai, who was forced to take hard body shots and some brilliant uppercuts. He backed Petchchorhae on to the ropes and began unloading, letting shots go at will. The Thai tried firing back but was dropped for a second time as Martin refused to back off in what was a thrilling round. Petchchorhae would make it to the bell, but was retired in the corner.
Given this was his first televised appearance Martin left a fantastic impression. There are a lot of areas for him work on, notably his defense and boxing intelligence, but at this age his physicality, energy and variety are brilliant. He is going to quickly become a must watch fighter and someone that will become a huge fan favourite based on his style. A few tweaks, mostly in regards to his pacing, footwork and defense which are teachable, and he could go on to become one of the next major stars of the Philippines.
Tomorrow ESPN5 will be showing a stacked card with a number of really interesting fights. Thankfully everyone made weight for the show, though some fighters did struggle on the scales.
Thge main event will see unbeateen Filipino Dave Penalosa (14-0, 10) taking on Mexican foe Marcos Cardenas (19-6-1, 15), in a bout for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title. Both did make the 126lbs limit, though not on their first attempt. Originally Penalosa was 128lbs whilst Cardenas was 127lbs. Thankfully both did make the weight after being given time to lose the excess.
A second title bout will see GAB Light Welterweight champion Jheritz Chavez (8-3-2, 6) make his second defense, as he takes on Junar Adante (7-11-1, 4). Both of these men made 140lbs for the bout, coming in at the Light Welterweight limit.
The highly anticipated Bantamweight bout between the exciting Kenya Yamashita (13-4, 10) [山下賢哉] and 2-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (25-4, 16) saw both men hitting the scales at 118lbs, dead on for their really exciting looking 10 round bout.
Unbeaten teenage sensation Carl Jammes Martin (11-0, 10) weight in at 118lbs dead on for his contest with Thai visitor Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2, 8), who was 116lbs for the bout. This will be Martin's first televised bout and is a huge chance for him to wow an audience, who have only been able to see him fight through social media.
A 10 round bout between Carlo Caesar Penalosa (13-1, 6) and Yokthong KKP (18-5, 11) saw Penalosa come in at 113lbs whilst the visitor was 114lbs in what could be a pretty competitive match up, if Yokthong has prepared properly.
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Back in December we reported that Kenya Yamashita (13-4, 10) [山下賢哉] would be returning to the ring on February 17th to take on former 2-weight world champion John Riel Casimero (25-4, 16). It now seems that those plans have changed slightly, but not significantly, and that more bouts from the card have been added, and in fact more details in general have now been confirmed for the card.
So the change, is that the bout will not take place on February 17th but instead February 16th, 1 day earlier than previously reported. It's nothing big, but still something worth noting.
More interestingly the card the bout is on is set to be televised, with ESPN5 showing the card in the Philippines, in what is huge news and really exciting news for Filipino fight fans!
Another bit of news is that there is a host of other top Filipino fighters now confirmed for the card.
Along with the Casimero Vs Yamashita bout we will also see Dave Penalosa (14-0, 10) battle against Marcos Cardenas (19-6-1, 15) in a bout for the WBO Oriental Featherweight title, in what should be a really good test for Penalosa. We will also see teenager Carl Jammes Martin (11-0, 10) make his TV debut, as he battles Thai foe Petchchorhae Kokietgym (17-2, 8), who was last seen in October being stopped by Giemel Magramo. This should be a great opportunity for Martin to raise his profile and something we're looking forward to seeing, as we've followed him for a while and been very impressed from the fan cam footage that's been made available.
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