Carl Frampton ready to down Kiko Martinez to claim World title in Belfast

Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan
Carl Frampton and Barry McGuigan

Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton believes 20,000 fans will cheer him on to his first World title on September 6.

The Tigers Bay Super-bantamweight will challenge Kiko Martinez for the Spaniard’s IBF World title at an outdoor venue in Belfast that has yet to be confirmed.

The Balmoral Showgrounds and the Titanic Quarter have the facilities large enough to hold the event – while Ravenhill, the Odyssey and the King’s Hall seem out of the running. And Frampton cannot wait to get started.

“We are hoping to put about 20,000 bums on seats

“It’s what you dream about. I have been boxing since I was seven, so to get to have the chance to fight and win a world title at home is a dream come true.

“It’s on my doorstep now so I have to deliver. I want to defend the title many times.

“But to do it in front of up to 20,000 fans would be out of this world,” he added.

Frampton stopped Martinez in the ninth round when the two met at the Odyssey Arena in February 2013.

The Spaniard since then has gone on to win the IBF title and defend it twice.

But Frampton says he will have Kiko’s number when they meet on September 6.

“It will be a tough fight but I think I will knock him out earlier this time.

“That’s a bold prediction, but I have learned from the last fight and the mistakes I made.

“I’m not one to predict rounds, but I’m very confident I can beat this guy up and do it earlier than the last time.

“He will be coming here to win. He is looking redemption because he got embarrassed last time with all his talk before the fight – what he was going to do to me and that I couldn’t knock his nephew out

“I out-boxed him, out-fought him and then knocked him out. It’s going to be a tough fight but I’m expecting the same result,” he added.

And Cyclone Promotions CEO Barry McGuigan believes big things lie ahead.

“I think Martinez has improved, but Frampton has improved leaps and bounds.

“I think it is a fabulous fight and might even be better than the last one, but there will only be one winner. I think this kid can be a superstar and September 6 is the start of it. After that we are into mega fights

“These are exciting times and we promised big fights in Belfast and we have delivered.”