Martin seeks 11th win in first WBA Asia defense
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.