Frampton gets Kiko world title shot
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.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014
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.
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."