SERGIO Martinez is sure that Kiko Martinez will turn up if a fight against Carl Frampton is made.
Spaniard Martinez has a history of not making it to face Irish fighters as he withdrew from a clash against Wayne McCullough.
He then failed to fight Willie Casey and has also failed to show-up to face Frampton on two previous occasions.
So local fight fans are running out of patience with the man who took apart Bernard Dunne in less than a round in Dublin.
But World Champion Martinez – who promotes Kiko – is adamant his man will show if a European title fight against Frampton is agreed upon – with Belfast the likely venue in late January.
“We won the official purse bids organised by the EBU for the fight, our offer exceeded all others, but Frampton’s promoter (Eddie Hearn) is keen to take the fight to Belfast.
“They have made a better offer and Kiko will have a better purse.
“We do not mind going to Belfast, the home of Carl, because we have great confidence in our boxer, so we agreed,” Martinez said.
“As I said before, the fight will go ahead and Kiko will fight.
“Kiko injured his shoulder and asked for an adjournment the last time out, that was it.
“It happens a lot of fighters and it could have happened to Frampton.
“We want the fight to be a world title eliminator for a world title and will try and make that happen. Who wins will have the biggest fight of their career awaiting.
“Kiko is the biggest talent in Spain right now and is known around Europe and rightly so. Frampton is a very good fighter, but we know that Kiko will win.
“He is very strong and nothing will stop him as he peruses a world title.”