European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (27-3, 19 KOs) says he’ll batter undefeated Carl Frampton (15-0, 10 KOs) when the pair collide at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9. “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,” said Martinez. “I don’t worry about the judges. This is a great country for boxing, it’s a serious title up for grabs and it’s not Germany or France. They know about boxing here and the judges will be fair. 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.”
Frampton demolished former World champion Steve Molitor inside six rounds in September to signal his arrival on the world scene – but Martinez says that performance is overrated and he will not be deterred fighting overseas having boxed in Belfast in July and three times in Dublin, including his famous first round KO of Bernard Dunne.
“I think Molitor didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for that fight, and he didn’t really want to fight anymore,” said Martinez. “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. I’m glad to be fighting in Belfast, 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. This fight is taking place where it really should be, in Ireland. This is going to be a big fight for all of Europe!”