Date for Frampton's clash with Martinez

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2012
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Belfast boxer Carl Frampton will fight Kiko Martinez for the super-bantamweight title in the New Year.

Date for Frampton's clash with Martinez
Carl Frampton is preparing to fight Kiko Martinez. (© Pacemaker)

It is the third time the 25-year-old has been scheduled to face Martinez who pulled out of the last two fights.

The fight will take place at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on Saturday 9 February, and Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton said the home crowd has given him even more reason to come out on top.

"He's pulled out on me twice so I have a score to settle with him there," said Frampton.

"It's a great fight for the fans and one that I have craved for a long time. I had too much for Steve Molitor and he was a step-up, so I am confident I can beat Kiko and do so in style."

But there's fighting talk from Martinez, who said he is ready to take on the Belfast boy.

"I do not read much into Carl beating Molitor as he took the fight at late notice and that's his only fight of 2012," said Martinez. "I will beat him by KO - there's no alternative outcome.

"It is not my fault that we have not been able to do this fight so far. There have been many circumstances around that but I know that the Belfast fans will come out and support Carl as always and it will be an electric atmosphere."

Frampton is managed by former boxing champion Barry McGuigan, who said he is pleased the fight is finally going ahead.

"I've always said that Kiko is a danger from first bell to last and I believe it's a harder fight than Molitor. Styles make fights and this one is going to be a barn-burner, and the team is confident that Carl will win, and win in style."

Tickets for February's clash will go on sale on Thursday morning from the Odyssey website.

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