Unbeaten super bantamweight Carl Frampton (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round TKO over European champion Kiko Martinez (27-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Very good action as the aggressive Martinez was in ‘search and destroy’ mode while Frampton boxed beautifully. The bout ended suddenly when Frampton floored Martinez with a huge right hand. Martinez was very wobbly when he got up and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:46.
Former middleweight title challenger Andy Lee (29-2, 20 KOs), now campaigning in the UK, had more than he bargained for against unknown Anthony Fitzgerald (13-4, 4 KOs) in a much harder than expected ten round decision. Lee, who has fought mostly in the USA under the tutelage of Emanuel Steward, won by a score of 98-94 against the aggressive Fitzgerald in his first fight since a June 2012 world title loss to then WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr.
British and Commonwealth featherweight champion Lee Selby (14-1, 5 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round decision over local hero Martin Lindsay (20-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 118-109.
In early results, middleweight contender Grzegorz Proksa (29-2, 21 KOs) returned from his devastating loss to WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in September with a six-round decision against overmatched Norbert Szekeres (13-21-3, 8 KOs). The bout was scored 60-54. Proksa is now scheduled to headline the March 29th ESPN2 card against Osamanu Adama at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.
Also, heavyweight Martin Rogan (15-3, 7 KOs) won a four round 40-36 decision over journeyman Ladislav Kovarik (10-13, 5 KOs). Next up for Rogan is Prizefighter: Heavyweights in two weeks.