Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar reported that unbeaten Filipino prospect Carl Jammes Martin (17-0, 15) would be back in action on May 29th. Not only that however, but also the fact that the "Wonder Boy" would be iun his most significant bout to date, as he takes on former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-7-2, 9).
The 21 year old Martin has long been looked at as one of, if not the, most exciting prospect in the Philippines. The youngster is aggressive, heavy handed, has a really fun style, but has also been developing as a boxer in recent bouts, and showed he could do 10 rounds last year when he beat Richard Rosales.
Although very clearly a work in progress there is no denying that Martin is someone worth keeping a very serious eye on, and is also needing better tests, stiffer opponents, and fighters in the ring trying to beat him. That's exactly what he'll find against Saulong.
The experienced Saulong, aged 32, has been a proessional for over a decade and is best known internationally for his 2018 bout with Ryosuke Iwasa, when Iwasa was the IBF Super Bantamweight champion. Sadly since losing to Iwasa, who put in an under-whelming performance himself, he has gone 1-4-1 and was recently beaten by unbeaten prospect Criztian Pitt Laurente. He should prove durable enough to take Martin some rounds, but a win for the veteran would be a massive upset. At this point in time however he is the perfect opponent for Martin.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar shared a number of images relating to upcoming Filipino shows. One of those, which was originally shared by Powcast, was regarding a March 20th show set to be promoted by Gerry Penalosa, and his Gerrypens Promotions stable.
The card isn't the best, or the deepest, with just 4 bouts on it in total, though the main event of the show is a mouth watering match up and one worth tuning in to the event for.
The match up in question will see unbeaten 21 year old prospect Criztian Pitt Laurente (5-0, 3) take on former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-6-2, 9) in an 8 rounder at 126lbs
The talented Pitt was a solid amateur who turned professional in 2019 and scored 4 rather low key wins in 2019 before stepping up in 2020, when he beat Boyce Sultan. Despite being highly regarded all 5 of his wins have come against fighters with more losses than wins and he has failed to gain traction in the way many had hoped.
The 31 year old Saulong on the other hand is a true veteran with 30 bouts to his name, with the most notable of those being his 2018 clash with the then IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa. Sadly since losing a 12 round decision to Iwasa we've seen Saulong go 1-3-1, including a massive upset loss to Waldo Sabu who stopped him in 2 rounds. Although no world beater he is a massive step up in class for Pitt and should see the touted youngster being asked some very, very serious questions here.
From what we under-stand this show will be made available on PowCast, giving fans a great chance to see if Pitt is as good as those in Filipino boxing circles suggest, or if this is too much too soon for the youngster.
Today has been a hectic day for fight fans across Asia with a whole host of shows taking place across the continent. Those weren't all huge, but they featured at least one bout of some note.
The main event of this card saw talented Filipino Mark Magsayo (20-0, 14) dominate former Thai world champion Pungluang Sor Singyu Onesong (53-7, 35). Magsayo never managed to hurt Pungluang, who is a tough old rugged lump, but thoroughly dominated him and landed some highlight reel combinations in the later stages. The win saw Magsayo claim the WBC Asian Boxin Council Featherweight title, and it's now time he got a big fight. As for Pungluang it's clear he's still a serviceable fighter at regional level, but this was a 4th loss in 5 for the former WBO Bantamweight champion.
In a hotly contested bout for the GAB Bantamweight title Giovanni Escaner (20-4, 12) narrowly over-came Renoel Pael (23-10-1, 12), with a 12 round split decision. On paper this didn't look like it'd be competitive, but the styles gelled well and in the end their was very little to split the men.
In a Featherweight bout Virgel Vitor (15-2, 9) impressively destroyed Alan Alberca (11-4, 6) in 4 rounds. Vitor's power was on show through out the bout and he really did look like a brutally spiteful puncher through out. Alberca gave a good effort but was no match for Vitor and his power.
Chinese fighter Ainiwaer Yilixiati (17-1, 11) claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council and IBO Asia Middleweight titles, as he took a clear decision win over Japan's Ryosuke Maruki (16-7-1, 11). This was a 6th straight win for Yilixiati, following his 2017 loss to Jayde Mitchell whilst Maruki has now lost 3 of his last 4.
The main event here saw the talented Andika Sabu (17-0, 8) pull himself off the canvas to take a decision over Filipino Richard Rosales (14-10-2, 8). The 23 year old Sabu has got potential and time on his side, but he also has a lot of areas to work on. Sadly for Rosales he is now 2-6 in his last 8, dating back 2 years.
Unbeaten Indonesian Lightweight Hebi Marapu (15-0, 11) extended his winning run as he took a 6 round decision over veteran Isack Junior (26-12-3, 9). The powerfully built Marapu has shown promise, but at 30 years old it's now or never for that promise and we would be hugely disappointed if he fails to secure a big bout in 2020.
Bang Phli, Thailand
Hard hitting Thai youngster Thanongsak Simsri (11-0, 11) extended KO streak, and claimed his first title, as he stopped Nattee Thongsingcle (2-2, 2) in 3 rounds to claim the Thai Light Flyweight title. The 20 year old Thanongsak has been drubbed "Srisaket II" in the Thai press and whilst that is a big tag to live up to, he has now racked up 11 wins in just over 14 months.
On the same card veteran Mike Tawatchai (47-13-2, 30) scored a 3rd round KO win over 16 year old novice Keerati Rueangdet (0-2).
Macao S.A.R., China
Exciting young hopeful Lap Cheong Cheong (7-0, 4) shone in front of local fans as he took a dominant decision win over ShanTuo Lu (2-4). The 22 year old Cheong Cheong shut out Lu over 6 rounds, to take his second decision win of the year, following a wide decision win over Muhammad Wahid in May. Lu, who has still never been stopped, never looked competitive but did serve as good foil for the youngster to shine against.
Former world title challenger Ernesto Saulong (22-5-2, 9) came up short in a bout against the unbeaten Brock Jarvis (17-0, 15). The match up, for the WBA Oceania Super Bantamweight title, was a clear win for Jarvis, who had too much of everything for Saulong who has now won just 1 of his last 5.
Iwasa and Saulong make weight!
Tomorrow fight fansin Japan will be able to see IBF Super Bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (24-2, 16) [岩佐 亮佑] defending his title against little known Filipino challenger Ernesto Saulong (21-2-1, 8).
Today the two men made weight for the contest, and both fighters managed to make the 122lb Bantamweight limit.
On the scales Iwasa was 121.7lbs, comfortaly under the limit, and looked in good shape, very confident and relaxed. Although it's his first defense he will be strongly favoured to win here and move towards bigger and better fights down the line. He was questioned about what it's like to have an opponent fail weight, as he himself went through the disappointment as Luis Rosa failed to make weight for a bout him, and seemed to have a lot of sympathy for Shinsuke Yamanaka following Luis Nery's failure to make weight this morning. Not only was he sympathtic to Yamanaka but he also seemed angry at Nery.
Iwasa's opponent, Saulong, was even more under the limit than the champion. He came in at 121.25lbs, but he too looked in good shape, though is giving away natural size advantage to Iwasa, who is taller and longer, and looked far bigger at today's weigh in.
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(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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