Carl Frampton is hoping to get the green light to fight IBF World Champion Kiko Martinez in 2014.
The Tigers Bay super-bantamweight was in Spain on Saturday night to watch Spaniard Martinez defend his title against Jeffrey Mathebula by stopping the South African in the ninth round after an impressive performance.
Now it seems ‘The Jackal’ and his team have made a substantial offer to get Martinez to defend his belt against the Belfast banger in his next outing.
Martinez, however, may not be keen to take the fight as he was stopped for the first time in his career by Frampton in the ninth round at the Odyssey in February.
Speaking last night Frampton said: “It is a fight I would like but we have other options. If it does not happen, it will not be the end of the world.
“Kiko fought well but Mathebula was well past his best. He looked slow and was not the fighter he used to be.
“Martinez has not changed since he fought me in February, he walks forward and throws punches but Mathebula hadn’t the power to keep him off,” he added.
There is competition to face Martinez as current WBA World champion Scott Quigg was also in attendence on Saturday night and is also keen to take on Kiko in a unification encounter.