Martin-Geraldo title bout scrapped

Published April 23, 2021, 5:12 PM

by Carlo Anolin

The Philippine super bantamweight championship bout between Carl Jammes Martin and titleholder Mark Anthony Geraldo was scrapped after the latter suffers a hand injury. (Photos from Carl Jammes Martin’s Facebook page and

Ifugao rising star boxer Carl Jammes Martin needs to find another opponent after announcing that Philippine super bantamweight titleholder Mark Anthony Geraldo has suffered a hand injury.

Taking it to his Facebook page, Martin expressed sadness over the news and wished Geraldo a speedy recovery. No other details about his injury were disclosed.

“Sa ngayon, nais pa rin ng Team Wonderboy na ituloy ang May 29 card sa Laguna sa paghahanap ng laban na magbibigay ng magandang hamon sa aking kakayahan (For now, Team Wonderboy would like to carry on with the May 29 card and we are looking for a new opponent that will bring a challenge to the best of my abilities),” wrote the undefeated Martin, who owns a 17-0 record on top of 15 knockouts.

“Agad po namin na iaanunsiyo dito kung sino ang aking posibleng makalaban sa May 29 (We will announce the next opponent in line for May 29 as soon as possible).”

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Martin last saw action last February, scoring a fifth-round knockout victory over veteran Joe Tejones of Bukidnon in their super bantamweight clash in Biñan City in Laguna.

Prior to that, the 21-year-old Martin won his lone fight in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic against Boholano Richard Rosales with a unanimous decision.

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Geraldo, for his part, was supposed to make his grand comeback for his second title defense since stunning Lorence Rosas of Palawan in the eight round of their contest in Mandaluyong last September 2019.

He captured the vacant Philippine super bantamweight belt with a sixth-round knockout win against Bohol-native Virgel Vitor in Tagbilaran City.

The 29-year-old Geraldo, who hails from Bukidnon, was known for taking down Jerwin Ancajas, now the IBF super flyweight champion, back in 2012 to chalk up the latter’s lone loss of his career.

Geraldo also traded punches with the likes of Nordine Oubaali of France, Takuma Inoue of Japan, and Mcjoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico but all lost in those three bouts.