Martin, Mama, Petalcorin knock out Thai foes

Roy Luarca
Martin, Mama, Petalcorin knock out Thai foes
The 3 Filipino boxers all finish their bouts within 3 rounds

MANILA, Philippines – Prime prospect Carl Jammes Martin disposed of Yutthichai Wannawong in the opening round as the Filipinos completed a 3-0 sweep of their Thai rivals at TV5 Studio in Novaliches on Sunday, June 9.

Jayson Mama showed his readiness to contend for the title by stopping former world champion Ekkawit Songnui in the 3rd round, while Randy Petalcorin got back on track with another third-round knockout of Phubra Por Nobnom.

The power-punching Martin – pride of Lagawe, Ifugao – caught the overmatched Wannawong (9-8, with 7 knockouts) with a wicked body shot in their 10-round bantamweight tussle to stretch his unbeaten run to 13, all but one by knockout.

Pitted against a tougher foe, Mama took a little bit longer to figure out Songnui (49-6-1) – who sustained a punch-inflicted eye injury in their 10-round flyweight encounter – and match Martin’s 13-0 slate (7 KOs). 

In halting Nobom at the 1:28 mark, the former world interim light flyweight champion Petalcorin rebounded from a seventh-round beating handed him by Nicaraguan Felix Alvarado in their International Boxing Federation light flyweight duel in October. 

The 27-year-old Petalcorin climbed to 30-3-1 (23 KOs)  while pulling down Nobnom to 14-22.

Another rising star, Dave Apolinario, prevailed by unanimous decision over compatriot Adrian Lerasan (7-4) in another flyweight battle and improved to 11-0 (6 KOs).

The fight card was jointly undertaken by Sanman Promotions headed by JC Manangquil and ESPN 5. – Rappler.com

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