Kiko Martinez aiming to derail Carl Frampton’s World title hopes

NOT LONG NOW: European champion Kiko Martinez (right) will face Carl Frampton at the Odyssey next Saturday night

NOT LONG NOW: European champion Kiko Martinez (right) will face Carl Frampton at the Odyssey next Saturday night

Kiko Martinez is not coming to Belfast next Saturday night, February 9. to hand his European title over to Carl Frampton at the Odyssey.

The Alicante based Super-bantamweight has been training in America under the watchful eye of currant World Champion Sergio Martinez for the last seven weeks - and he seems to have rediscovered the confidence that saw him stop Bernard Dunne in the first round when they met in Dublin in 2007.

And Martinez - who has pulled out of two fights against Frampton in the past - says he is coming to Belfast for one thing - victory.

“I am looking forward to the fight and to seeing the Odyssey overflowing with spectators.

“I think I have never felt better physically or mentally.

“And thanks must go to the Wonder Box team as they have got me in the best possible condition for the fight.

“I know what I am capable of and I can’t wait to start the fight because I am convinced that I will win,” he added.

“Training has gone very well and I have done what they have asked me to do.

“I have trained very hard but I have enjoyed it. That is the real key for me to perform well,” Martinez told the News Letter.

And what does Martinez think of Belfast boy Frampton?

“He’s a good fighter, undefeated so far and he has fought more than 160 amateur fights.

“He is good but I think he has not faced anyone like me and that’s a big disadvantage,” he said.

“He’s not on my level and I will prove that at the Odyssey. I’ll have the entire audience against me, but that does not worry me.

“I have improved a lot. I know I hit just as hard at the beginning of the fight as I do at the end,” he added.

Meanwhile it was officially confirmed on Thursday that World super middleweight giants Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will clash at the O2 Arena in London on May 25.

The 20,000-capacity venue in the capital would stage the highly anticipated super-fight.




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