Eamonn Magee warns Carl Frampton to be wary of Kiko Martinez threat

Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan
Carl Frampton with trainer Shane McGuigan

Eamonn Magee has warned Carl Frampton to be on his game when he takes to the ring at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast on Saturday night.

Unbeaten Frampton will challenge Kiko Martinez for the IBF World title in front of 16.000 fans, with the crowd hoping and praying that ‘The Jackal’ gets his hands on the IBF belt.

The Tigers Bay super-bantamweight is favourite with the bookmakers to win the fight - after stopping Martinez in the ninth round when they met in February 2013 - but Magee has these words of warning before the clash.

“Kiko has been thinking about this since Frampton stopped him the last time.

“He will have been thinking about Frampton when he goes to bed, when he wakes up in the morning and when he is training in the gym.

“I have been there and every waking minute you are thinking about the person who defeated you.

“Kiko is coming here to win, he is confident after becoming World champion and defending it twice. His preparation could not have been any better,” he added.

And Magee says Frampton has to be switched on from the first bell or an upset could be on the cards.

“Kiko is coming here to knock Carl out. Everyone seems to think Carl is going to stroll through this fight and become World Champion.

“But this is going to be very tough fight and Kiko is coming here to shock us all. He is not coming here to hand Carl his belt,” added Magee.

Magee’s young charges Marc McCullough and Jamie Conlan will also be in action on Saturday night and ‘The Terminator’ says they are ready for the challenges that lie ahead.

““They are both in tough fights but they will both should come through alright.

“McCullough’s opponent is similar to the last guy he fought - but maybe not as physically strong.

“Jamie’s guy is also no mug - but Jamie has been looking good in training and both lads will be looking to impress on Saturday night and get another win on their records.”