Carl Frampton ready for Kiko Martinez clash as title venue confirmed in Belfast

Kiko Martinez and Carl 'Frampton
Kiko Martinez and Carl 'Frampton

Samson and Goliath will look on as Carl Frampton battles to get his hands on the IBF Super-bantamweight title in Belfast on September 6.

Harland & Wolff’s two huge cranes will loom large as Frampton attempts to take the World title from Kiko Martinez outdoors in front of 16,000 fans on the slip-way in the Titanic quarter.

And Frampton - brought up a stone’s throw away from the venue in Tigers Bay - can’t wait to get back in the ring with Martinez - after stopping him at the Odyssey in February of last year.

“It does not get much better than this - fighting in Belfast in front of 16.000 fans for a World title is the stuff dreams are made of.

“I’m also over the moon to be fighting at such a fantastic venue.

“The Titanic Quarter is a historic space that represents Belfast through and through.

“It is also going to be great to fight on the site that the Titanic was built. I think this is one of the greatest venues in the world.

“This fight between Kiko and myself is going to be every bit as exciting as the last time. This clash will be a massive event at an unbelievable venue. It’s the stuff of fairy tales,” he added.

And ‘The Jackal’ says winning a World title in Belfast is something that dreams are made of.

“I am a stone’s throw from Tigers Bay, where I was brought up. Cave Hill is in the distance and the two cranes from Harland & Wolff are looming large over the site of the fight.

“What more can you ask for? I believe it is going to be a special night and I believe this is my time,” he added.

Frampton says meeting Martinez for the first time before they clash on September 6 has given him a boost.

“Seeing him has given me a lift. He is smaller than I remember or maybe I am going through a growth spurt at the at the age of 27?

“I know this is going to be a very tough fight, but I believe I will beat him and win the World title,” he added.

Cyclone Promotions CEO Barry McGuigan could not hide his delight after the venue had been confirmed.

“We have delivered an incredible venue for what will be an incredible event. It is only fitting that we, with the assistance of the Northern Ireland Executive, have provided Frampton with the best possible platform upon which to win the World title.

“Carl is a superstar in waiting and fully deserves this kind of stage to perform on.

“This will be a tough, tough fight but we believe Carl will deliver and get his hands on a World title.

“There will be 16.000 seats on the night and tickets go on sale this Saturday and it will be an occasion to remember.”