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February 8th, 2013 by Paul Wilson
The Odyssey Arena in Belfast this Saturday night is the venue for the long-awaited fight between current EBU Super-Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez and the challenger Carl Frampton. It’s a fight which was scheduled to have taken place 18 months ago but was cancelled for a second time due to the champs personal problems.
Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (27W, 19KO, 3L) is barely three years older than his Belfast born challenger but he’s fought twice as many times as current Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (15W, 15KO).
Martinez isn’t a stranger to Irish shores either having fought a previous three times in Dublin, one of those times for the vacant EBU Super-Bantamweight title against Ireland’s own Bernard Dunne back in 2007. Martinez won the fight after knocking Dunne to the canvas for the third time in the first round.
Martinez warmed up for his challenge with Frampton with a six-three rounds non-title fight against Dougie Curran in Belfast last May. The orthodox Spaniard was just too strong for Curran and won every round.
The Irishman’s corner understands the importance of beating Martinez and view the fight as another stepping stone in Frampton’s bid for a world title shot.
After a year and a half, the long-awaited contest is being promoted with the tagline “Unfinished Buisness”, however, Frampton will have to show the same patience inside the ring as he’s put up with outside it while playing the waiting game for his chance with Martinez.
He certainly doesn’t want to get frustrated and get involved in a brawl with Martinez, as the Spaniard is capable of landing big powerful punches and if one of those bombs lands with intensity you’d expect it to be siesta time for Frampton.
Ladbrokes are offering odds of 1/4 that Carl Frampton will beat Kiko Martinez and become the new EBU Super-Bantamweight champion. The Spaniard is 10/3 with Sky Bet to retain his title. Fancy the contest to end in a draw then Stan James will offer you odds of 33/1 on that outcome.
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