Frampton knocks back Kiko rumour

Published Thursday, 29 May 2014
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Spanish boxer Kiko Martínez appears to have suggested a deal has been struck to see him fight Belfast's Carl Frampton this September, but it's certainly news to the Tiger's Bay man ...

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Martínez, the reigning IBF super bantamweight world champion, lost his European belt to the Jackal when the pair fought at the Odyssey Arena back in February.

The ninth round knockout was the first such defeat Martínez had suffered in his career.

Last week, he told a Spanish sports reporter with AS.com that he wants to "prove that defeat was just a bad day" and 6 September has been quoted as the date for a rematch in Northern Ireland.

But according to Team Jackal, no such deal has been put in place.

Frampton himself told UTV: "I've got a very close relationship with my team - everything that happens gets passed through me before anything's signed.

"There's no fight signed with Kiko Martínez.

"We're talking to other people at the minute - Kiko included, but other fighters as well."

At the minute, there isn't a fight with anyone. But something will be announced very, very soon ...

Carl Frampton

Judging by Martínez's comments in the Spanish press, he certainly feels like there is a score to settle with Frampton - with the Belfast boxer apparently on his mind when he's training at 5am.

He has been quoted as saying that another chance to "measure himself against Frampton" is a greater motivation than reunifying the title belts.

But as far as his potential opponent is concerned, a rematch isn't going to bring a different outcome.

"I think it would be the same outcome, only a little bit earlier this time," Frampton told UTV.

Meanwhile, the camps of boxers like Englishman Scott Quigg and Mexican Léo Santa Cruz are also chasing Team Jackal to try to secure bouts.

"Obviously me against Quigg is a massive fight, but what I'm looking to fight for is a world title and he doesn't have a world title," Frampton said.

"He might say he has one, but it's not a legitimate world title."

While everyone seems to want a piece of the European champion, Frampton fans will have to wait a little longer to find out what's next.

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