With Coronavirus continuing to spread through out the world boxing really is being put on the back burner, understandably, and today we were informed of another postponement.
This one is a postponement of the scheduled March 21st bout between fast rising Filipino youngster Carl Jammes Martin (15-0, 14) and veteran Ardin Diale (35-16-4, 17).
The bout, which was supposed to be held under the "Fists of the Future" tag on a card in Paranaque city, always seemed likely to get postponed given the rapidly changing situation in the Philippines.
At the moment it's unclear if, or when, the bout will be rescheduled for, but it appears that boxing in the Philippines is likely to go the same way as boxing in Japan and South Korea, with events being essentially suspended for the foreseeable future.
News from the Philippines broke recently reporting that unbeaten Filipino fighter Carl Jammes Martin (15-0, 14) would be returning to the ring on February 22nd to face a genuine test, as he goes up against Renoel Pael (23-11-1, 12).
The all action Martin, dubbed the "Wonder Boy", is 20 years old and has been creating a lot of buzz in the last few years due to his youth, style and power. In all honesty he's probably the most TV friendly fighter in the Philippines, though defensively improvements will need to be made going forward.
In 2019 Martin made his TV debut, stopping Petchchorhae Kokietgym in February, and went on to take out 3 more opponents before the year was over, claiming the PBF Bantamweight title along the way. He has looked good, but his opponents have been relatively limited so far.
On paper Pael looks limited, as most fighters with double digit losses do, however the 29 year old shouldn't be over-looked. He has never been stopped, is a former OPBF title challenger and has shared the ring with a mini who's who. During his 36 fight career Pael has been in with Ardin Diale, Suguru Muranaka, Andrew Moloney, Ryan Lumacad and most recently Tatsuya Takahashi.
Coming in Pael has been racking up losses but has served as an excellent acid test to guys like Moloney and should do the same here for Martin, who needs someone tough to be up against.
We would expect natural size difference to play an issue, with Martin being the much bigger guy, but this will still be a bout where questions are asked about Martin, and that is something we needed to see this year.
Yesterday at the Mandaluyong City Hall Grounds fight fans had the chance to see the fast rising Carl Jammes Martin (14-0, 13) claim his latest win, and the PBF Bantamweight title.
The all action Martin was up against veteran Benezer Alolod (19-13-5, 7) in what was a clear step up for the youngster. Unlike many who have faced Martin Alolod wasn't there to lose, and he was pressing Martin back at times, though like many had no real answer when Martin opened up. It was when Martin let his shots fly that he scored an early knockdown.
Despite being dropped early on Alolod tried to fight his way back into the contest and again applied pressure in round 2. It was clear Alolod had the intention of breaking down Martin, putting the youngster on the back foot and taking away Martin's confidence. Sadly however it came at a cost for Alolod and not only did he struggle to land much clean, but when the tables were turned Martin really went to turn and took the play away.
In round 7 Alolod's resistance finally folded as he was dropped again and the referee immediately waved the bout off. That was despite some complaints from Alolod who looked like he was fine and could go on, but was clearly a long way behind.
For Martin this was exactly what he needed. A real test against someone there to win and tough enough to take some of his shots. This was Martin's longest bout since he took an 8 round decision over Jason Buenaobra in 2017 and this bout really ticked every box the youngster could want ticking. A move to the legitimate regional level should follow, but there's no need to rush the youngster there quite yet.
For Alolod this was a second straight loss and a 5th loss in 7, however his performance was great and he has, again, proven his value as a top domestic gate keeper and a true servant of the Filipino boxing scene.
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.
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