Earlier today we had a notable card at Korakuen Hall, featuring the debut of a touted youngster, along with 3 interesting international bouts and a regional title bout in the main event.
The first of the noteworthy bouts was the debut of Toshihiro Suzuki (1-0, 1) [鈴木 稔弘], who was a stellar amateur and is expected to go on to big things over the coming years. Here he made a cameo appearance in his debut, as he stopped Thai visitor Pornthep Wadngam (4-3, 3) in just 25 seconds. The Thai was dropped after 8 seconds and whilst he beat the count he didn't last much longer, being dropped on to the canvas for a second time before the referee waved off the bout.
Another Japanese local who stopped a Thai visitor was 19 year old Kai Watanabe (8-0-1, 4) who stopped fellow teenager Atipbodee Srikao (4-2, 2) in 4 rounds. This was really competitive early on, and the Thai came to fight, having success in rounds 1 and two, but in round 4 a huge uppercut dropped Srikao with the bout being stopped just moments later.
Another bout with an international vibe saw the criminally under-rated Ryo Nakai (5-1-1, 2) [中井 龍] continue his climb up the ranks as he defeated Filipino visitor Jess Rhey Waminal (14-6-1, 8), with an 8 round shut out decision. The talented, and often over-looked Nakai, controlled the action through out with his busy jab, good footwork and sharp combinations. Waminal was never discouraged, and looked to land big shots through out, but was made to look second best for pretty much every minute of every round here as Nakai took a huge step towards getting his maiden title fight.
The co-feature was another Japan Vs Philippines bout, as 24 year old Japanese hopeful Ryuto Owan (9-1, 6) [大湾 硫斗]defeated Filipino veteran Mark Anthony Geraldo (38-11-3, 19). Owan controlled much of the bout, but did face some of Geraldo's veteran tactics, with the Filipino being deducted a point for fouls in round 6. In the later stages of the bout Owan slowed down and Geraldo did enough to take a round in the later stages, but it wasn't enough with all 3 judges scoring the bout 79-72 to Owan.
In the main event we saw criminally over-looked Yoshimitsu Kimura (14-2-1, 9) [木村吉光] claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title with a TKO win over Kanehiro Nakagawa (11-7, 5) [中川兼玄], who was stopped with just 31 seconds of the bout remaining. Though out the bout it was clear that Kimura was a little bit too good for his man in every area, but Nakagawa had the drive, the fire and the heart to to try and make Kimura work hard. Nakagawa was never there to just make up the numbers, but as the rounds went on Kimura began to open up a big gap on the back of his clean punching, and consistent success going forward. In round 5 Nakagawa was dropped for the first time, though bounced back well in round 6, one of his best rounds. Nakagawa was down again in round 9, and once again bounced back determined. Sadly though for Nakagawa his effort came at an expense to his stamina and he was dropped a third time, in round 12, in part due to exhaustion, with the referee immediately stopping the bout. Despite a great effort Nakagawa was down 107-100, 106-101 and 108-99 prior to the stoppage.
The benefits of having a legitimate strength and conditioning coach proved to be crucial for young boxing prospect Carl Jammes Martin in his latest fight.
The 22-year-old Martin snatched the Philippine Superbantamweight crown from longtime champion Mark Anthony Geraldo via 12-round unanimous decision win Saturday night at the Elorde Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.
The Hingyon, Ifugao-native Martin started out strong by connecting several counter rights and body shots that baffled the 50-fight veteran Geraldo.
In the 5th round, Martin got staggered a bit after he got caught with a strong counter right from Geraldo.
The following rounds and thereafter, Martin made the necessary adjustments when he used his excellent footwork and stinging jabs to outwork Geraldo, a longtime Philippine champion who scored impressive knockouts in all of his last four fights.
“Dati kasi pag kalagitnaan ng laban medyo mabigat na paa ko. Ngayon nagulat ako kasi ang gaan at bilis ng paa ko kaya maganda talaga epekto ng strength and conditioning sa akin,” said Martin.
In preparing for this fight, Martin tapped the services of Mel Lantin, a Physical Education graduate of the University of the Philippines who is also the Program Director for Physical Development of the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines.
The win improved Martin’s record to 18-0 with 15 knockouts while Geraldo, who is the only fighter to beat IBF world superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas, drops to 38-10-3, 19 Kos.
In the main event, Olympian Charly Suarez positioned himself to aim for a championship belt when he tallied a 10-round decision win over previously unbeaten superfeatherweight Delmar Pello.
Suarez is eyeing to claim a regional title in a planned March 2022 card being prepared by VSP Boxing in partnership with the Ultimate Knockout Challenge of Cucuy Elorde.
CAPTION: Newly-crowned Philippine superbantamweight champion Carl Jammes Martin (middle), whose hand is being raised by referee Sammy Bernabe (left), savors his latest accomplishment as he is joined by Filipina promoter Maria Laurita “Cucuy” Elorde (right). (Team Wonderboy photo)
It’s official, Ifugao boxing prospect Carl Jammes “Wonderboy” Martin will now get his shot at the Philippine superbantamweight title.
Defending champion Mark Anthony Geraldo last week submitted the contract to fight promoter Cucuy Elorde which he signed along with manager Leonil Lazarito that will see the Bukidnon-born boxer stake his belt against Martin early next month.
The Games and Amusement Board (GAB), in last month’s regular ratings, made Martin the mandatory challenger to Geraldo who will be making the third defense of the prestigious crown which he won when he knocked out the highly-touted Virgel Vitor last February 2019 in Tagbilaran, Bohol.
“Simula po nang lumaban na ako sa Manila, nakita ko po kung gaano kagaling ang mga boxers dito kaya pinangarap ko na agad na maging isang Philippine champion,” said Martin who remains unbeaten in 17 bouts, 15 of which ended via knockout.
Though this will be his first fight since the pandemic erupted March of last year, Geraldo is sure to offer Martin one tough battle.
Geraldo’s claim to fame was when he beat current IBF world superflyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas via majority decision during their 12-round regional title fight last March 2012 in Cebu.
“Malayong malayo po talaga ang kalidad ni Geraldo kumpara sa kahit siguro lahat ng nakalaban ko. Bukod po sa Philippine title, gustong-gusto ko talaga itong laban na ito dahil ang defending champion ay kilalang-kilala sa kaniyang experience,” said Martin.
Geraldo, in compiling a record of 38-9-3, 19 via stoppage, has fought the best in his division, among them former world champions McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico and Nourdine Oubaali of France and world title challengers Takuma Inoue of Japan and Bacolod’s pride Arthur Villanueva.
Martin meanwhile is being egged on by his throng of followers to take on quality foreign foes or start campaigning abroad.
But the 22-year-old Hingyon, Ifugao-native pugilist, who remains a promotional free agent, insists they have a long-term, prudent plan for his career.
“Aabot naman po tayo siguro dun pero sa ngayon, best option itong si Geraldo kasi nga, Philippine champion. Pinag-aaralan na din po naman ang mga offers para hindi po pagsisihan lahat kung makapasok sa isang deal,” said Martin.
Among those who are said to be interested in handling the boxing affairs of Martin include Fil-American Morris East, Filipino links of Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc., the newly-formed Probellum of respected boxing executive Richard Schaeffer, Sean Gibbons of MP Promotions and Zamboanga Valientes owner Junie Navarro.
Although yet to be announced the talk from Japan, for several weeks now, is that Takuma Inoue (13-0, 3) [井上 拓真] will be challenging WBC Bantamweight champion Nordine Oubaali (16-0, 12) on November 7th as part of the WBSS Bantamweight final show in Saitama.
Today the media was in the Ohashi gym and had the chance to see quite a lot of activity, including Takuma himself training with a former foe, as he steps up preparations for the Oubaali bout.
Takuma's training today saw him working with Mark Anthony Geraldo (37-9-3, 18), the man Inoue actually beat for the OPBF Flyweight title way back in 2015, in what was Inoue's 5th professional bout.
Geraldo has been selected as a sparring partner for Inoue for several reasons, not least because he's a southpaw, like Oubaali, and shares similar height to the French-Moroccan, but also because Gerlado has shared the ring with Oubaali.
The Filipino was actually stopped by Oubaali in a WBC Silver title bout in late 2017, suffering only the second stoppage loss of his career.
Inoue told members of the Japanese press that Gerlado was still strong and that he thought it they would have good sparring. It seems clear he is focused on preparing for Oubaali, despite the details not being totally ironed out for the bout, it's looking likely that we'll see the bout being announced in the not so distant future for the under-card of Naoya Inoue's (18-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] clash with Nonito Donaire (40-5, 26).
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On Saturday fans in Singapore had an excellent looking show which had an impressive 4 title bouts, all for regional WBC titles. Not only did it have a number of title bouts but also had some brilliant match ups, at least one paper.
One of those match ups saw Qudratillo Abduqaxorov (8-0, 5) take on Filipino foe Adones Cabalquinto (23-2, 15) in a bout for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Welterweight title. On paper the bout looked like a really good step up in class for Abduqaxorov but it was one he managed with a unanimous decision over the Filipino, who suffered his second loss in 4 bouts.
The bout was competitive at times but the unbeaten Uzbek was a clear winner on the scorecards, which read 117-111, twice, and 118-110 in favour of the 22 unbeaten hopeful. Although not a massive win it's the sort of victory which could potentially put Abduqaxorov in the mix for a fringe WBC world ranking.
Another Uzbek scoring an impressive win on this card was Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3) who took just 104 seconds to defeat previously unbeaten Thai Chaloemporn Singwancha (17-1, 13). The Thai was stepping up to Middleweight for this bout but it was though that his experience may help him at least remain a little competitive with the 24 year old Uzbek, instead Chaloermporn was beaten and battered. Notably this was a step up for both men, however it was, in fairness, a bigger step upfor the Thai than it was for the Uzbek who had been in with the better competition prior to this bout.
With his win Abdugofurov claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Middleweight title, his first professional title.
Another novice claiming his first title was Muhamad Farkham (2-0, 2) who easily saw off Indonesian veteran Elly Pangaribuan (4-7-2, 1) in 2 rounds to claim the WBC Asian Boxing Council Silver Cruiserweight title. On paper this looked like a credible step up for the 27 year old Farkhan but the Indonesian has looked awful for several years, and has now been stopped in 7 recorded bouts.
The other fighter claiming a title was Filipino Jeson Umbal (11-5, 8), who became the first man to stop Mark Anthony Geraldo (33-7-3, 15), and claimed the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Super Bantamweight title. The unheralded Umbal, who had lost to Geraldo earlier this year, inflicted a cut on his countryman that forced the referee to call a halt to the contest in round 5 and give Umbal the TKO win on cuts.
In a non-title fight our Canadian friend Ryan Ford (7-0, 5) continued to run through unbeaten Asian fighters as he blew away Muhammad Meeraj (2-1) in 95 seconds.
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