IBF champion Kiko Martinez looks to avoid Carl Frampton

Kiko Martinez and Carl Frampton in action

Kiko Martinez and Carl Frampton in action

IBF World champion Kiko Martinez seems to be distancing himself from a fight with Carl Frampton.

Spaniard Martinez defended his belt against Jeffrey Mathebula just before Christmas with Frampton and WBA World champion Scott Quigg in attendance.

And it now seems Martinez - who Frampton stopped at the Odyssey in February - is favouring a showdown with Bury fighter Quigg.

“I was speaking to Scott Quigg, he wished me luck and said he hoped I’d win and then afterwards he congratulated me,” Martínez said.

“I was happy to speak to a champion and a great guy like Quigg.

“I didn’t have any words with Carl Frampton; I thank him for coming to Spain to see me.

“I know we’ll meet again sooner or later, but it was my night, they came to enjoy the show so there was nothing more to it.

“Quigg is a champion, Frampton isn’t a champion of anything and he has to accept the consequences. He’ll have to wait.

“ I’d like to now fight Quigg before I fight Frampton, but these are things my promoter will sort out,” he added.

Frampton and his team will be hoping to get the hard hitting Martinez to put pen to paper - but the Tigers Bay fighter may have to bide his time.




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