Martin dethrones Geraldo, captures PH super bantam crown

Published December 5, 2021, 12:31 AM

by Carlo Anolin

Suarez scores UD win over Pellio

Carl Jammes Martin unloaded solid right hooks and precise counterpunches to dethrone Mark Anthony Geraldo and become the new Philippine super bantamweight champion at the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque Saturday, Dec. 4.

(Photo from Carl Jammes Martin’s Facebook page)

Martin, 22, scored a 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 unanimous decision win to remain undefeated in 18 matches on top of his 15 knockouts after the slugfest with Geraldo, who fell to a 38-10-3 win-loss-draw record.

Martin started strong in the first few rounds, connecting multiple right hooks but only left little to no damage to Geraldo.

The unbeaten boxer from Ifugao showed who’s boss at counterpunching, capitalizing on his speed to connect powerful uppercuts and his signature right hooks.

Geraldo, who was pretty much on the aggressive mode in the latter rounds, had his best moment at the ninth round after landing some hefty hooks and solid body shots which prompted the Ifugao youngster to rely on counterpunching.

Meanwhile, in the co-main event, 2016 Rio Olympian Charly Suarez was left as the last man standing with an unblemished record as he outboxed compatriot Delmar Pellio en route to a landslide 99-89, 99-89, 100-88 unanimous decision.

Suarez took control of the match from the get-go, unleashing hard-hitting punches from angles but Pellio showed tenacity and stood his ground.

But Suarez, who improved to a professional record of 9-0 with six KOs, floored Pellio in the 8th round after throwing a flashy combination which sent the latter sitting on the canvas.

Pellio, shaking off the blow, stood up and leveled Suarez’s boxing in the following frames but the national team stalwart simply showed resolve to assert dominance with his veteran moves and an offensive approach.

Pellio suffered the first defeat of his career with nine wins and four knockouts.