Frampton gets Kiko world title shot

Published Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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Belfast's Carl Frampton has secured a world title shot in his own city against Spanish boxer and reigning IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martínez.

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Frampton previously handed the Spaniard the first knockout defeat of his career when the pair took to the ring at the Odyssey Arena back in February last year in a battle for Martínez's European title.

They are now set for a huge bout with the world title at stake on 6 September, with the exact venue yet to be announced but plans already being made to accommodate 20,000 fans.

"I know what 9,000 sounds like in the Odyssey. I'm trying to imagine what 20,000 will sound like," Frampton told UTV.

"I think it's going to get noisy ..."

He's coming to my backyard ... He's not going home with the title. No way.

Carl Frampton

Judging by Martínez's comments in the Spanish press, he certainly feels like there is a score to settle.

He has been quoted as saying that he wants to prove his ninth round defeat at the hands of Frampton was "just a bad day".

"We're going to prove he didn't," Frampton's manager Barry McGuigan declared.

"Because he's going to have a nightmare again."

Englishman Scott Quigg and Mexican Léo Santa Cruz have also been chasing Team Jackal to try to secure bouts.

But the current European champion only has one goal in his sights - Martínez and that world title.

"The Belfast audience, they love their boxing - they don't get enough big fights and this is an incredible opportunity," McGuigan added.

Sinn Féin Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has welcomed news of the big bout, adding: "It is great for all local boxing fans that a world title fight will be taking place on their doorstep."

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7 Comments
PD in here wrote (47 days ago):
Rigondeuax would beat the both of them at the same time
Mark in North Belfast wrote (48 days ago):
To Conor, Carl want to fight Martinez because he is the World Champion and Carl wants to take his belt from him it's a simply as that. I'm sure Barry doesn't care who Carl fights for the title just as long as he get the opportunity to try and win it!
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (48 days ago):
@ connor in belfast ! Ye havent a clue , guigg does not hold a genuine world title ! Come on carl do us all proud again !
Andy Fee in Belfast wrote (48 days ago):
Connor stop talking absolute nonsense, how could he be taking on old men coming to the end of there careers? Martinez is world champion which he has won within the last year, you don't get this being old! Frampton has always wanted a world title shot & now he has got it! If he fights quigg what does he achieve? Instead of slaughtering your own country men get behind Carl & cheer on a world champion belt coming to "our we country". Bring it home The Jackel!!!
Holywood in Holywood wrote (48 days ago):
I think you will find he was willing to fight all the people you mention conor. They wudnt fight him thats the problem!! Quigg was offered the biggest purse hes ever had and said no even though he has low level world title belt. Leo santa cruz was offered fight and said yes in public but yet has changed his mind kiko is world class and has since won a belt.. So conor my friend please get your facts right and support the belfast champ!!
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