Carl Jammes “Wonderboy” Martin and three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Charly Suarez are confident they could keep their unbeaten records when they take on separate foes in their Dec. 4 bouts at the Elorde Sports Complex.
Martin is finally getting his shot at the Philippine super bantamweight belt against defending champion Mark Anthony Geraldo in the main event while Suarez is set for a super featherweight clash against fellow undefeated boxer Delmar Pellio in the undercard.
Hailing from Ifugao, the 22-year-old Martin—perfect in 17 bouts with 15 coming from knockouts—was made the mandatory challenger by the Games and Amusement Board as he faces the much-experienced Geraldo who has a career record of 38 wins, nine defeats and three draws.
“Ready na ready na po actually cut weight na po ginagawa ko ngayon maganda na po yung condition para sa laban. Mahaba yung paghahanda ng paglalaan kasi halos ilang buwan din po namin pinaghandaan po iyan,” said Martin as he and Suarez graced the Philippine Sportswriter Association online forum on Tuesday.
Martin said he has been looking forward to the fight after it was postponed twice this year.
“Confident naman ako na mami-maintain ko pa rin ‘yung undefeated ko. Wag lang masyado pa kumpyansa at nagtitiwala naman po ako sa sarili ako dahil matagal ko rin po itong pinaghandaan. Siguro this coming December 4 mananaltili pa rin po akong undefeated,” said Martin who, although confident, remained wary of Geraldo’s counter-punching prowess.
“Ito yung pinaka the best ko magiging kalaban, sya po yung pinaka veteran, siguro kailangan ko iwasan yung pagiging counter puncher nya. Minsan yung sundot sa boxing eh baka mawala lahat ng pinaghirapan so kailangan po mag-ingat,” he added.
Suarez (8-0-0), on the other hand, shared the same sentiments as only one between him and Pellio (9-0-0) will keep a spotless records Saturday’s bout.
“Ganun po talaga yung mindset na hangga’t maari mapantayan or mahigitan yung performance especially yung winning na dapat walang talo, dapat undefeated pa rin ako. Personally ‘yun ‘yung mindset,” said Suarez.