Unbeaten Pinoy boxers Martin, Mama tangle with Thais

Roy Luarca
Unbeaten Pinoy boxers Martin, Mama tangle with Thais
Carl Jammes Martin stands favored in his bantamweight bout, while Jayson Mama expects to be tested against a former world champion


MANILA, Philippines – Prime prospects Carl Jammes Martin and Jayson Mama will try to further bolster their credentials when they tangle with Thais on Sunday, June 9, at TV5 Studio in Novaliches, Quezon City.

While Martin is tipped to cruise past Yutthichai Wannawong in their 10-round bantamweight tussle, Mama is expected to be tested by former world champion Ekkawit Songnui in their 10-round flyweight encounter.

Both Martin and Mama are unbeaten in their first 12 fights, with the 20-year-old Martin perceived to be the heavier hitter having stopped his last 8 opponents en route to 11 knockouts.

Martin, who has sparred with International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas at Survival Camp in Magallanes, Cavite, has a nondescript foe in Wannawong, 9-8 with 7 KOs.

The 22-year-old Mama owns 6 knockouts, settling for unanimous decisions in his last two fights.

Mama, according to SanMan Promotions CEO JC Manangquil, needs to beat Songnui (49-6-1, 26 KOs) convincingly to prove his readiness to contend for the world title.

Also seeing action in the joint undertaking by SanMan and ESPN 5 are rising star Dave Apolinario and former world interim light flyweight champion Randy Petalcorin.

Apolinario (10-0, 6 KOs) is pitted against compatriot Adrian Lerasan (7-3) in another 10-round flyweight battle.

Toting a 29-3-1, 22 KOs slate, Petalcorin aims to rebound from a failed world title attempt last year, when he tackles Thai journeyman Phubha Por Nobnom, 14-21.

Petalcorin got stopped by Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado in the 7th round in their IBF light flyweight title duel at Midas Hotel last Oct. 29. – Rappler.com



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