Carl Frampton promises ‘mega’ encounter against Kiko Martinez

Carl Frampton and trainer Shane McGuigan
Carl Frampton and trainer Shane McGuigan

Carl Frampton admits it’s ‘win or bust’ against Kiko Martinez at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast on September 6.

Belfast boy Frampton will challenge Martinez for the Spaniard’s IBF Super-bantamweight title on September 6 knowing that victory at the historic venue would open the door to mega fights down the line.

Defeat against the tough and hard hitting Martinez is not an option for the Tiger’s Bay banger and Frampton admits he is not going to let Martinez derail his work to date.

“No, I’m not going to let him. There is too much riding on this fight. This is a World title fight and after this the massive, massive fights will happen.

“He is the one who is standing in the way of these mega fight and he is the one that can throw a spanner in the works.

“He is the one that could put my career back a couple of years and I am not going to let that happen.

“This is a huge fight and night for my whole family and I am not going to let him beat me and disappoint my family and everyone who will be watching at the venue and on the television. I am determined to win the fight and beat Kiko Martinez on September 6.

“I beat him and the mega fights are there to be made and with those fights comes the big money.

“I have a wife, a daughter and another baby on the way. We are moving house and Kiko is not spoiling all the plans we have made,” he added.

Frampton flew through his first 14 fights without much problem.

His best performance to date was his points victory against Raul Hirales in May 2012 when he showed he was much more than a come forward banger.

That night he proved he had all the tools to go to the whole way to the top of the Super-bantamweight division.

A win against Steve Molitor followed before he faced Mr Martinez for the first time at the Odyssey in 1013.

That night ‘The Jackal’ out thought, out-punched, out-muscled and then stopped Martinez in the ninth round with a perfectly timed right hand.

Martinez cried after that fight but Frampton says that fight is history and will count for nothing on September 6.

“That fight is in the past and this a totally new fight. That fight and result counts for nothing and I am facing a brand new Kiko on September 6, He has gained confidence from winning the world title and defending it twice.

“He claims he will be better prepared mentally and physically this time around and I hope he is.

“Because when I beat him for a second time he will have no excuses. I am expecting a tough fight - my toughest fight to date - but the best Carl Frampton beats the best Kiko Martinez every time,” he added.

And Frampton says to be mentioned in the same breath as Barry McGuigan, Wayne McCullough, Dave ‘Boy’ McAuley and Rinty Monaghan will be something special.

“Of course it would be great to be mentioned with those guys but I still have to beat Kiko. Those guys have been there and done it. They are legends of Irish boxing.

“It will also be great to call yourself a World Champion and that is what I am aim to do - but this is only the start. There is more to come from me. We have a wall in the gym in Battersea that only World Champions are allowed to sign.

“I have not got my name on it, Mike Tyson’s name is there, J0e Calzaghe, Nathan Cleverley and a few others and I want my name up there. And I will write my name a lot bigger than Tyson’s.”