Kiko Martinez ‘won’t take a backward step’ against Carl Frampton

Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez (right)
Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez (right)

Kiko Martinez is in Belfast and ready to go at the Odyssey on Saturday night.

The three-time European champion defends his Super-bantamweight title against Carl Frampton at the Belfast venue - which is heading towards a sell-out.

And Kiko - who failed to turn-up the last two times the fight against Frampton was made - is looking forward to defending his title.

Via his Facebook page account, Martinez said: “Already we are in Belfast preparing for Saturday. I wanted to tell you that I’ve trained very hard, I am ready to stop him and I’m going to give it my all in the ring, it will be a great fight.

“I assure you that it will be a battle against a very good opponent, it will be a war and I hope that you enjoy it all and you’re all proud of me,” he said.

“I am going to strive to the maximum until the final bell and as you will see there will be 15,000 spectators on rival territory but I know there will be many Spaniards supporting me on the television and that will give me much strength.

“Believe me, I’m not going to take a backward step,” he added.

Martinez has also claimed in the build-up to the fight that he will ‘knock Frampton out’ and that Frampton ‘will not hear the last bell,’ but Frampton says he has heard it all before.

“That is just talk and he said the same things before he did not turn up the last two times. I will do my talking in the ring,” Frampton said.

Also on the Odyssey bill Martin Lindsay challenges Lee Selby for the Welshman’s British and Commonwealth titles, while Jamie Conlan fights for an Intercontinental title and Andy Lee faces Anthony Fitzgerald.

Also on the bill are Martin Rogan, Eamonn O’Kane, James Fryers and Daniel ‘Insane’ McShane.