Big things are in store for world-rated super-bantamweight Carl Jammes Martin, who makes a vital appearance in Manila as he gets ready to bring his wares to the United States.
The unbeaten Martin holds a 22-0 win-loss card with 17 knockouts.
He is ranked No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation and No. 8 by the World Boxing Organization.
Sean Gibbons, who represents the 24-year-old from Lagawe, Ifugao, is looking at unveiling the hot Filipino prospect to the highly-discriminating US audience in 2024.
In fact, Gibbons’ Knucklehead Promotions is staging a slam-bang show at the Elorde Sports Complex in coordination with JC Mananquil’s Sanman Promotions on 18 December.
Saw Martin a few times live and he is a certified crowd-drawer because he is an all-action fighter.
Filipinos love aggressive boxers and Martin fits the bill of a fan favorite.
His brand of boxing resembles Manny Pacquiao and Rolando Navarrete, two of the country’s most loved punchers apart from Flash Elorde.
And this is the reason why Gibbons is tickled pink by Martin, who could end up joining the growing list of Filipino world champions.
But first, Martin has to hurdle his assignment next month so Gibbons’ planned US invasion stays on track.
If he does, the opportunities that will come Martin’s way is going to be tremendous given the American dealmaker’s terrific connections and immense influence.
Look at the current crop of world-rated contenders and just about everyone has strong links with Gibbons.
The last five or so years, Filipino boxers have been fighting for world titles at an incredible rate.
If Martin keeps on winning and makes Gibbons smile, he will find himself getting a world title shot in no time.
The ball is now on Martin’s court.