Fighting in only his second televised fight, Carl Jammes Martin impressed once again as he only needed one round to score a knockout against Yutthichai Wannawong of Thailand to raise his record to 13 wins with 12 knockouts on Sunday afternoon at the TV5 Studio in Novaliches, Quezon City.
The 20-year-old fighter from Lagawe, Ifugao attacked his opponent from the opening bell and finally caught him with an overhand right to the head after hits to the body. Wannawong got to his feet by the count of nine but struggled to keep his balance as referee Danrex Tapdasan reached the full count for the knockout.
"During my first televised match, I struggled to keep my focus because I wasn't used to the lights and the cameras," Martin said after the match. "But now I was more calm. I was not looking for the knockout early. I just wanted to be aggressive to give the fans a good show. My opponent was a lot taller than me but it was not a problem since I'm used to it already."
Martin is the currently number 11 in the World Boxing Association's bantamweight rankings but he admitted that he's still far from ready for a world title shot.
"I think I'm still three years away," Martin shared. "I really want to have more televised fights so more people can see how I fight and so I'll also discover what I need to improve on."
Because he's also an aggressive southpaw, a lot of Filipino fight fans are comparing him to a young Manny Pacquiao but the fighter shied away from the comparison.
"I've been told that I fight like him but I know there's only one Manny Pacquiao so I wanted to change my fight style," Martin said. "But when I train and when I fight, I keep going back to that style so I think I'll just have to accept it."
In the undercard, Jayson Mama remained undefeated as he scored a technical knockout victory against Ekkawit Songnui. Among the Thai fighters in the card, he was expected to give the best showing as he is a former WBA minimumweight world champion. However, he fell short of expectations, claiming he was thumbed to the eye in the third round.
The referee called the attention of the ringside physician but it was clear that Songnui did not want to continue as the fight was waived in the third round. Mama now holds a record of 13 wins without a single defeat with seven stoppages.
Randy Petalcorin, in his first fight after coming up short in his bid to become the International Boxing Federation flyweight champion, rebounded nicely with a dominant stoppage win against Worawatchai Boonjan, raising his record to 30 wins with 23 knockouts against three losses and a draw.
In the most competitive match of the card, Dave Apolinario also retained his undefeated record against the game Adrian Lerasan. Although Apolinario was clearly the better technical fighter, Lerasan engaged him for all 10 rounds.
In the end, Apolinario was named the victor via unanimous decision with scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92, picking up his 11th win in as many fights.