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Kiko Martinez believes he will stop Carl Frampton at the Odyssey

YES: Carl Frampton celebrates after beating Steve Molitor at the Odyssey

YES: Carl Frampton celebrates after beating Steve Molitor at the Odyssey

Kiko Martinez has started a war of words before he faces Carl Frampton at the Odyssey on February 9.

The hitting Spaniard comes to Belfast to defend his European crown against the Tigers Bay Super-bantamweight.

And 26-year old Martinez - who was supposed to face ‘The Jackal’ on two previous occasions - believes he will derail the Frampton bandwagon in front of a massive Belfast crowd.

“I fell win by knockout, or they’ll stop the fight cause of the beating I’m going to give him, that’s how I see it in my mind,” said Martínez.

“I don’t worry about the judges. This is a great country for boxing. It’s a serious title up for grabs and it’s not in Germany or France. They know about boxing here and the judges will be fair. I think Frampton will try to run, I think he’ll box and he won’t go toe-to-toe.

“But I know I’m a lot stronger than him. When I’m in the ring with him, he won’t want to fight with me. He knows it, his corner knows it and all of Ireland knows it.”

And Martinez - who has been training in America for the clash - says Frampton’s demolition of former two-time World Champion Steve Molitor last September did not impress him one little bit.

“I think Molitor didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for that fight, and he didn’t really want to fight anymore,” said Martínez.

“It was easy for Frampton and Molitor wasn’t the fighter that he was in the past.

“Belfast fans know their boxing, they’re not stupid and they would be of the same opinion as me.

“I’m glad to be fighting in Belfast, people will recognise me more over there for the champion that I am, and they like my style. They know me well and boxing is bigger there, much bigger than in Spain.

“This fight is taking place where it really should be - in Ireland. This is going to be a big fight for all of Europe,” he added.

Also on the bill Martin Lindsay challenges Lee Selby for the British and Commonwealth titles and Andy Lee faces Anthony Fitzgerald in a middleweight clash on a top class undercard.

Jamie Conlan features as do former Prizefighter champions Eamonn O’Kane and Martin Rogan, along with unbeaten Belfast pair Marco McCullough and Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane.

Tickets for the bill can be purchased from fighters on the bill an at www.odysseyarena.com

 

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