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Undefeated Ifugao fighters see action this June

DAVAO. KJ Natuplag of Highland Boxing Gym gears against Joe Tejones of Valencia City for the Global Boxing Organization Asia Pacific junior lightweight title on June 15 at The Enderun Tent at Azuela Cove in Davao City. (Roderick Osis)

IFUGAO'S undefeated boxing sensation Carl Jammes Martin will have another litmus test, as he stakes his clean record when he faces a deadly Indian fighter on June 9 at Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.

Martin will square off against one of India's promising boxer, Rakesh Lohchab, who has an impressive record of six wins with no defeats, two coming by way of a knockout.

The 20-year-old Martin, on the other hand, owns 12 wins, 11 coming by knockout.

Martin, in his debut outside Ifugao, stopped Pethchorhae Kokietgym of Thailand during the third round of their fight on February 16 at the SM City North Edsa Skydome, Quezon City.

Martin earlier scored a technical knockout against Hashimu Zuberi of Tanzania in the second round to win the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Youth bantamweight title in the April 28, 2018 fight in Lagawe, Ifugao.

He knocked out Indonesia's George Lumoly to win the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia bantamweight title on June 21, 2018, in Lagawe.

Martin retained the WBO Oriental Youth bantamweight title by retiring China's Huerban Qiatehe in the second round of the August 28, 2018 fight in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya.

He also kept his WBA Asia bantamweight championship by knocking out Moon Chul Suh of South Korea on October 27, 2018, in Lagawe.

Another undefeated Ifugao fighter, KJ Natuplag, will take on Joe Tejones of Valencia City for the Global Boxing Organization (GBO) Asia Pacific junior lightweight title on June 15 at The Enderun Tent at Azuela Cove in Davao City.

The 22-year-old Natuplag (8W-0L-2D, 7KO) who trains at the Highland Boxing Gym in La Trinidad, Benguet recently scored a fifth round technical knockout of Robert Udtohan in the fifth round last March 8 in Angono, Rizal and in September last year stopped Ponpasin Chulerd of Thailand in the third round.

Natuplag also retired ex-Philippine champion Danilo Pena in the sixth round on November 27, 2017 in La Trinidad, while Tejones (12W-6L-0D, 7KO) recently toppled Magpet's Jestonie Makiputin in the third round on March 3 in Cagayan de Oro.

The 22-year-old Tejones also scored a unanimous decision over Bohol's Jason Tinampay in July last year in Cagayan de Oro.

Tejones, however, lost to Yiran Li of China by a technical decision in the seventh round on May 15, 2018 for the vacant World Boxing Council Youth world featherweight title in China.

The 12-round championship fight is promoted by Rey Rodis Sr. of RED Boxing Promotions.

Pitted in the main event is the title fight between Ronald Johnson (15W-1L-0D, 4KO) of USA against Saul Farah (69W-23L-3D, 60KO) of Bolivia in the GBO World heavyweight championship. (SunStar Baguio)


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