Published Thursday, 16 August 2012
Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez, who has pulled out of their planned bout. (© Pacemaker)
Martinez ruled himself out of the fight at the Odyssey Arena with over a month to go, leaving his would-be opponent sceptical of his intention to put his European super bantamweight title on the line.
"Martinez says he has an arm injury, but those can heal. I gave him the benefit of the doubt the last time he said he was injured." Frampton told UTV.
"Quite honestly, I don't think I'll ever get the chance to fight him."
Frampton will now defend his IBF Inter-Continental and Commonwealth titles against Canadian two-time world champion Steve Molitor.
"In some ways, it might be a blessing because, if anything, Molitor will be an equally tough opponent," Frampton added.
The Frampton v Molitor bout will be held at the Odyssey on 22 September.