Martin seeks 11th win in first WBA Asia de­fense

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IFU­GAO box­ing sen­sa­tion Carl Jammes Martin will go all out in his first ti­tle de­fense next month.

Martin will de­fend his World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Asia ban­tamweight ti­tle against Moon Chul Suh slated Oc­to­ber 27 at the LCS Gym­na­sium in La­gawe, Ifu­gao.

Sport­ing a per­fect 10 win record with nine knock outs, martin said he is feel­ing the pres­sure this time as he goes up against an ex­pe­ri­enced Moon whose record stands at five vic­to­ries, six losses and three draw with four knock outs.

“Dadaanin ko sa bilis kasi may mga nakita na akong la­ban niya. Yung bilis ko sig­uro yung ad­van­tage,” said the 19 – year - old box­ing prodigy who also holds the World Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WBO) ori­en­tal youth ban­tamweight ti­tle and the World Box­ing Coun­cil Asian Box­ing Coun­cil con­ti­nen­tal ban­tamweight ti­tle.

Martin ear­lier bagged the WBO ti­tle by stop­ping Huer­ban Qi­atehe in the sixth round and the va­cant WBO Ori­en­tal Youth 118lb di­vi­sion ti­tle in April when he stopped Tan­za­nian Hashimu Zu­beri in two rounds at the La­gawe Cen­tral School Gym.

“Pi­na­pan­gako ko sa mga kababayan ko na magig­ing ma­g­a­nda ang la­ban na to para sa kanila,” added Martin.

At least five pro­fes­sional bouts will also see ac­tion with Roy Nag­ul­man squar­ing off against Justin Polido while John Hasim Ma­gag­moc is set to chal­lenge Jerry Mae Vil­la­gra­cia.

Evader Dogwe tack­les Jun­jun Ri­ma­sog as Jessie Roger Tuguinay will take on Jayvee Anon­tio with Eufemio Gu­man­gan squares off with Emer­son Te­di­dal in the event pre­sented by Ifu­gao Box­ing Pro­mo­tion dubbed Ban­gon Cordillera: The fight con­tin­ues. AM­A­TEUR Lee Ji Hyeon put on a strong start to get into the mix then held sway in a scram­bling fin­ish to hum­ble Thai War­alee Atchar­erk and Chakan­sim Kham­born and snare the ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Cham­pi­onship crown by two on a clos­ing four-un­der 65.

Lee caught up the Thai lead­ers with a blaz­ing 31 start, spiked by three straight clos­ing birdies at the John Hay lay­out, then proved stead­ier than her pro ri­vals in a pres­sure-packed stretchrun bat­tle, re­bound­ing from a bo­gey on No. 13 with two birdies in the next three to re­gain con­trol.

Not even a bo­gey on the last hole could stymie Lee’s break­through drive as the young Korean, whose pre­vi­ous best was sec­ond to Chi­hiro Ikeda at Ea­gle Ridge last Fe­bru­ary, se­cured the crown on a 54-hole to­tal of five­un­der 202 in the P1.5 mil­lion event put up by ICTSI.

Kham­born, tied with com­pa­triot Chomma­pat Pongth­a­narak and two-up on Lee af­ter 36 holes, kept the Korean in check in a flight be­hind with a 33 at the turn but fum­bled with two bo­geys in a birdie­less back­side fin­ish, drop­ping to joint sec­ond with Atchar­erk at 204 af­ter a 69.

Atchar­erk, who shared the first round lead with five oth­ers Wed­nes­day, also stayed in the hunt with a 33 but wa­vered at the back with two bo­geys against a birdie for a 68.

The Thais later split the com­bined top two purses and took home P267,000 each with Lee tak­ing the crown and the hon­ors of match­ing Asian Games gold medal­ist Yuka Saso’s feat at ICTSI Ayala Green­field Ladies Chal­lenge last Jan­uary.

She also be­came the sec­ond Korean am­a­teur to win on the Ladies Philip­pine Golf Tour af­ter Hwang Min Jeong top­pled the pro field at Mt. Malarayat in 2015.

Onkanok Soisuwan, win­ner at Mt. Malarayat last May, birdied the first three holes, held back by two bo­geys against a birdie in the next eight but closed out with two birdies in the last three to match Lee’s 65 and snatch fourth place at 205 worth P125,000.

Pongth­a­narak hardly bounced back from a dis­as­trous open­ing 40, fin­ish­ing with a 33 and a 73 and slip­ping to fifth at 208 in the sec­ond leg of the new LPGT sea­son or­ga­nized by Pilip­inas Golf Tour­na­ments, Inc.

Princess Su­peral never got back into the heat of the bat­tle with a medi­ocre one-birdie, one-bo­gey ef­fort on a course she tamed with a record 17-un­der 190 in rul­ing the in­au­gu­ral stag­ing of this event in 2013. She ended up sixth at 209.

Thai Numa Gulyana­mitta matched par 69 for a 210 and com­pa­triot Su­pakchaya Pat­taranakrueang, win­ner at Luisita last April, hob­bled with a 71 for a 214 for sev­enth and eighth, re­spec­tively, while lo­cal am­a­teurs Ea­gle Ace Su­peral (70) and Mariel Tee (75) fin­ished tied for ninth with Thai pro Kon­sunthea Omicha (77) at 218.

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