Martinez vows to KO Frampton in Belfast

Martinez vows to KO Frampton in Belfast

Belfast boxer Carl Frampton is set to fight European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez on home turf in under two weeks' time, but his opponent is already piling on the pressure.

The defending champ has vowed to knock the unbeaten Frampton out in front of his fans during his title defence - or force him to throw in the towel.

"I feel I will win by knockout, or they'll stop the fight 'cause of the beating I'm going to put on him - that's how I see it in my mind," 26-year-old Martinez said.

"I think Frampton will try to run, I think he'll box and he won't go toe-to-toe.

"I know I'm a lot stronger than him. When I'm in the ring with him, he won't want to fight with me. He knows it, his corner knows it and all of Ireland knows it."

This fight is taking place where it really should be - this is going to be a big fight for all of Europe.

Kiko Martinez

Belfast fans have been snapping up tickets for the Betfair 'Unfinished Business' bout at the Odyssey Arena on 9 February.

And, despite wanting to knock out their local hero, Martinez added that he's looking forward to impressing the crowd.

"I'm glad to be fighting in Belfast," he said.

"People will recognise me more over there for the champion that I am, and they like my style. They know me well and boxing is big there - much bigger than in Spain."

Martinez has twice previously pulled out of scheduled bouts with Frampton, with the last withdrawal leading the Jackal to fight Steve Molitor instead.

But despite demolishing the former World champion inside six rounds, Frampton's win has been dismissed as "overrated" by Martinez - who insists Belfast fans would back him up on that.

"I think Molitor didn´t have a lot of time to prepare for that fight, and he didn't really want to fight anymore," Martinez said.

"It was easy for Frampton and Molitor wasn´t the fighter that he was in the past. Belfast fans know their boxing - they're not stupid and they would be of the same opinion as me."

The Martinez clash against Frampton will top the bill on a massive night of boxing in Belfast, with Martin Lindsay challenging Lee Selby for the British and Commonwealth super featherweight titles and Andy Lee facing Dublin's Anthony Fitzgerald in a ten-round middleweight clash.

Super flyweight prospect Jamie Conlan also features, as do former Prizefighter champions Eamonn O'Kane and Martin Rogan, former European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa, former Team GB star Callum Smith, and unbeaten Belfast pair Marco McCullough and Daniel McShane.


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