Exciting Filipino prospect Carl Jammes Martin (17-0, 15) kicked off his 2021 campaign earlier today as he took part in his first bout as a fully fledged Super Bantamweight. Despite moving up in weight continued to look dominant, heavy handed, destructive and like one of the brightest hopefuls in the Philippines.
The unbeaten "Wonderboy", who debuted in 2016 at the age of 16, was up against the often-under-rated Joe Tejones (13-8, 7) and made the bout look like a total mismatch from the early going.
Tejones was down early in the bout, as the power, speed and aggression of Martin proved too much for him. Despite being down Tejones still showed his fighting spirit, getting back to his feet. Sadly however he was never able to really get back in to the bout and in round 5 a perfect body shot from Martin dropped his man for the 10 count. There was really no point in counting though, Tejones could have had 50 seconds to recover and he'd have not been able to go on. It was a peach of a shot from Martin.
Now aged 21 the future is really, really bright for Martin, and we're really hoping that he can be kept busy this year and moved towards a regional title fight of some kind. He is, however, still a boxing baby and the 122lb division in Asia is a deep one, so he shouldn't be rushed, but should be moved forward and should be kept busy.
As for Tejones it was another loss to his name, but he has been matched incredibly hard in recent years, and he has suffered defeats to the likes of Hinata Maruta, Tenta Kiyose Yiran Li and Tsuyoshi Tameda, all away from home. This is just the third time he has been stopped though we can't help but think he has added a lot of miles to the clock in his recent losses.
Following Martin's win we then got the chance to see Denmark Quibido (11-0-1, 6) score his latest win, as he battered Kier Clenton Espere (3-3-1, 1) over 3 rounds, forcing the brave Espere to be saved by his corner. Quibido looked quality through out this one, was aggressive, exciting and came to fight, but Espere was way out of his depth, despite being brave. Fingers crossed Quibido's next opponent will offer far, far more than Espere did here.
Earlier today the Korakuen Hall played host to a show promoted by Hideyuki Ohashi, and featured several interesting match ups.
Among those on the card was hard hitting Japanese hopeful Tsuyoshi Tameda (21-4-2, 19) [溜田剛士] who scored his latest win by stopping Filipino Joe Tejones (13-7, 7). On paper this looks like a straight forward win for Tameda but in reality we had expected to see Tameda being tested, with Tejones being better than his record suggests. Instead however the power of Tameda was too much and he took out Tejones in the 5th round, dropping the Filipino who took the count on his backside.
Tameda's Ohashi stablemate Katsuya Yasuda (5-0, 3) [保田克也] also picked up a win, as he stopped Indonesian foe Jack Dolu (4-5, 4) in the second round. A right uppercut took out Dolu for the 10 count.
It wasn't all good news for Ohashi fighters however, as Toru Kiyota (9-4, 7) [清田亨] was beaten Kazuma Sanpei (18-5, 7) [三瓶数馬]. The Japanese ranked Sanpei took a split decision over 8 rounds, in what was the most competitive and interesting bout on the show, despite the limitations of both fighters.
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Earlier today the Ohashi Gym announced their next Phoenix Battle show, which we now know will take place on September 17th at Korakuen Hall.
The main event for the card was announced as a being a bout between the fast rising Taku Kuwahara (5-0, 4) [桑原拓] and world ranked Filipino Jonathan Refugio (21-6-5, 7), who is currently ranked #15 by the WBC at Minimumweight.
The talented Kuwahara, who has been dubbed "Ioka II", made his debut in May 2018 and and has been tipped for major success since announcing that he was heading to the professional ranks. In just his third bout he was fighting in 8 round bouts but this is a huge step up in class against a man who has over 230 rounds as a professional.
The 26 year old Refugio has been a professional since June 2010 and whilst he hasn't yet scored a world class win he has mixed with good company with losses to Wanheng Menayothin, Merlito Sabillo, Knockout CP Freshmart, Melvin Jerusalem and Hiroto Kyoguchi in recent years. He's no world beater, but a stoppage against him would be very, very impressive.
In the chief support we'll see Japanese ranked Super Featherweight Kazuma Sanpei (17-5, 7) [三瓶数馬] will take on Toru Kiyota (9-3, 7) [清田亨] in what should be a very competitive and interesting 8 round bout. Sanpei has the edge in experience and achievement but with 4 stoppages against him Kiyota will enter the bout with the belief that he has the power to stop his man.
Another good bout announced for this card will see JBC and WBO Asia Pacific ranked fighter Tsuyoshi Tameda (20-4-2, 18) [溜田剛士] take on Filipino Joe Tejones (13-6, 7), who fights in Japan for the third time, following losses to Hinata Maruta and Tenta Kiyose in previous Japanese bouts. Coming into this bout Tameda is riding high following a really good win over Tae Il Atsumi whilst Tejones recently took the unbeaten record of KJ Natuplag.
One other talented hopeful booked for this is Katsuya Yasuda (4-0, 2) [保田克也], though he is yet to have his opponent for the card announced. Given he took a step up in class in July, when he beat Jerry Castroverde, we would hope for another step up for the 27 year old, however it does seem more likely to be a tick over for the Lightweight hopeful.
Introducing... Taku Kuwahara
Introducing... Katsuya Yasuda
Earlier today Japanese fans in Osaka saw the fast rising Hinata Maruta (4-0, 3) [丸田 陽七太] score his first defense of the WBC Youth Bantamweight title as he stopped Filipino southpaw Joe Tejones (6-2, 2) in 7 rounds.
Maruta was viewed as the big favourite but it was clear that his inexperience against southpaws was going to see him face some new questions here, and that showed early on when Tejones landed a solid right hook on Maruta, showing a key weapon a southpaw's arsenal.
That southpaw stance of Tejones saw the Filipino being right in the fight through 4 rounds, with two of judges actually having the bout level after the firsr 4 rounds, and the other judge having Maruta in a narrow 39-37 lead.
Having taken a few rounds to figure out the the Filipino Maruta started to take over, cutting the right eye of Tejones with a big right hand in round 5 and then breaking down the Filipino who was dropped in round 7 from a vicious combination punctuated by a nasty body shot. The Filipino failed to beat the 10 count,and gave Maruta his third straight stoppage win
Although the Japanese teenager took his time, and lost a few rounds, here the experience against a hungry southpawwill have been invaluable going forwardand he'll have learned about the right hook from the southpaw stance. The win was a key and he's now said to be chasing more titles in 2017, with the Japanese, OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific titles clearly on his radar. Sadly for Tejones the a good start was essentially wiped out by a fighter who is several levels above him. It was a bad performance from the Filipino but he was out of his depth against a fighter with the ability and skills of Maruta. He will bounce back, but it's hard to see how far Tejones will potentially go in the course of his career.
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Tomorrow Japanese fight fans in Osaka will get the chance to see ultra-highly regarded prospect Hinata Maruta (3-0, 2) [丸田 陽七太] defending his WBC Youth Bantamweight title against Filipino challenger Joe Tejones (6-1, 2), who is stepping up massively here.
Today those two fighters weighed in for their bout with both making weight for the bout.
Maruta, defending his belt for the first time, was comfortably under the limit coming in at around 117¼lbs. Although looking really slim at the weight Maruta looked comfortable and happy at the weight in and it's clear his young frame can easily boil down to the Bantamweight limit with no issues.
Tejones also came in well under the limit, in fact he was equal to his career low coming in at 116½lbs for the bout. The weight is significantly lighter than he was last time out, against Robert Awitin, but he looked solid at the weigh in and didn't look like a man making a career low.
(Image courtesy of Hinata Maruta's blog)
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