Ifugao boxing prospect Carl Jammes “Wonderboy” Martin will finally get his shot at Philippine super bantamweight title when he takes on defending champion Mark Anthony Geraldo on Dec. 4 at the Elorde Sports Complex in Parañaque City.
The Games and Amusement Board (GAB) made Martin the mandatory challenger to Geraldo who will be defending his belt for the third time since winning the crown against Virgel Vitor via knockout last February 2019.
The 22-year-old Hingyon, Ifugao-native pugilist is an intriguing prospect for both local and overseas boxing promoters as he rises as one of the knockout artists in the country.
“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 has won all of his 17 bouts, 15 of those came by way of knockout.
Martin, however, is expected to get his hands full against Geraldo who rose to fame when he beat IBF World super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas via majority decision during their 12-round regional title fight way back in March 2012 in Cebu.
Experience will also be Geraldo’s advantage over the younger challenger, boasting a record of 38-9-3. The super bantamweight champ has also fought the top dogs in his division, among them were 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, unfazed by the difference in experience, expressed excitement in having the chance to finally face an opponent of Geraldo’s caliber.
“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.
Martin, who is being pursued his throng of followers to take on quality foreign foes or start campaigning abroad, sees the bout against Geraldo as the first step to the right direction for his boxing 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