Amid spotless record, rising pro boxer from Ifugao wants tougher challengers

Carl Jammes Martin has knocked out 12 of his 13 opponents in a remarkable streak that’s exciting his growing followers.

But for the Ifugao-raised boxer himself, there’s nothing to be hyped up for yet, as he sees the need to upgrade the quality of his opponents starting this weekend.

Martin, 20, will stake his unbeaten record when he faces veteran journeyman Benezir Alolod in a 10-round bantamweight battle Friday night at Mandaluyong Elementary School gym.

Martin, of Hingyon town, has fought foreigners in his last seven bouts, stopping them all by an average of three rounds.

“Marami naman kasi na mga matitibay na Pinoy boxers at gustong gusto ko na makalaban ng matibay para masubukan din ako,” he said, upon wrapping up his training in Manila.

In this bout, Martin said he expects a tough challenge, noting the experience of Alolod, 28, who has compiled a 19-12-5 win-loss-draw card spiked with seven knockouts.

“Mahirap na laban ito kasi si Alolod, ilang beses napalaban sa regional title at umakyat na ng timbang mula light flyweight hanggang bantamweight kaya hindi matatawaran ang experience niya,” said Martin.

While Alolod had 12 losses in his 10-year career, the Polomolok town, South Cotabato fighter suffered only three stoppages in those defeats.

“Ibig sabihin nu’n, talagang may tibay siya kaya sa training namin, tinutukan talaga namin ang pagpapakondisyon,” said Martin.

Martin and Alolod will fight for the vacant Philippine Boxing Federation bantamweight crown in a fight card dubbed “Fists of Fury”, promoted by Shockpunch Promotions and Ifugao Boxing.

Promotions will also feature the 12-round, Philippine super-bantamweight championship bout between holder Mark Anthony Geraldo and Lorence Rosas of Palawan.

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