Boxing: ‘Wonder Boy’ Martin vows to bring Ifugao-inspired entrance to Vegas
What’s in a boxing entrance?
Legendary boxing icon Manny Pacquiao always enters the ring to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger.”
Bernard Hopkins wears a balaclava mask, complementing his “executioner” monicker.
Michael Katsidis walks with a medieval knight’s mask, likening himself to a warrior while also honoring his Greek heritage.
For Carl Jammes “Wonder Boy” Martin, a boxer’s entrance is a way of honoring his culture.
The undefeated Filipino fighter rose to popularity not only for his explosiveness in the ring but also his “unique” ring entrance.
The 21-year-old Martin, along with his cornermen, usually dons the native igorot attire on his way to the ring, as a way of honoring his roots and his home province of Ifugao.
His entourage even includes members who play traditional instruments from the region.
Speaking on the Fight Sport Manila podcast, Martin says he plans to bring the same show should he fight under the bright lights of Las Vegas.
“Maraming nagme-message sa akin na very unique yung entrance mo. Sana hindi mawala yan maski pagpunta mo ng (Las) Vegas,” said Martin.
“Hindi ko naman siguro kayang walain iyon. Yun na talaga ang dinala ko simula noong una. And napakalaking bagay talaga sa akin ng mga taga-Ifugao.”
At such a young age, Martin is already the WBO Oriental bantamweight champion and WBA Asia bantamweight champion.
With un unblemished professional record of 13 wins and 12 knockouts, the future definitely looks encouraging for Martin.