Carl Frampton all out for world glory after taking European title

IT'S OVER: Kiko Martinez is left sprawling on the floor
IT'S OVER: Kiko Martinez is left sprawling on the floor

Carl Frampton is on the verge of something big after Saturday’s victory against Kiko Martinez at the Odyssey.

The Tigers Bay fighter wrenched the European title away from the Spaniard after a clinical and calculated display at the Belfast venue.

Frampton was calm, patient and controlled as he picked off the ever advancing Martinez throughout the opening rounds.

His hit and run tactics confused and baffled Martinez – who marched forward like the Charge of the Light Brigade to imminent doom.

‘The Jackal’ also stood his ground at times and mixed it with the hard hitting Martinez – until the ninth round when a short right hand had Martinez on the canvas for the first time in his career and it was job done.

But Frampton can’t remember the punch that ended Kiko’s reign as European champion.

“I don’t remember much about the shot. He tried to get up after it, but he just stumbled about the ring, so it was a decent shot, but I don’t remember letting it go,” he added.

But manager Barry McGuigan was able to give more insight into the punch that ended the fight.

“It was like lightning, It was one two, step back, then right hand – bang. It was a dynamite shot,” added McGuigan.

And Frampton says a few questions have been answered after seeing off Martinez.

“I think I have proved I have a good chin. He caught me a few times and I could feel his power but he never once shook me. And he has also never been hurt before, he has never been on the floor before and he he hasn’t even been wobbled before but I hit him with a good shot and he went down.

“I listened to my corner and I boxed on the outside the first few rounds and kept moving around when I should have been trying to hold the centre a little bit more.

“I felt my uppercut was working well and I am getting better at working on the inside.

“I was also out fighting him at times. They wanted me to do that because that was what all the goading was about at the weigh-in. But I did stand and fight him and I out-fought him,” he added.