Dunne urges ‘best super bantam’ Frampton to fight Martinez
By Jonny Stapleton
BERNARD Dunne believes Carl Frampton should target a fight with the man who had the Dubliner gone in 86 seconds, Kiko Martinez.
Frampton now looks set to challenge the three time European champion in September
after Sky Sports couldn’t find date suitable in June.
And former WBA super bantamweight World Champion, Dunne thinks a victory over the Spaniard would put the Belfast fighter in contention for the big fights he craves.
However, Dunne, who has first hand experience of ‘Mini Tyson’, having lost his European title to Martinez within a round in 2007, warns the reigning champ won’t be easy pre for ‘The Jackal’.
“Carl should step-up and fight Kiko and that would be a good fight for him,” Dunne told The Belfast News Letter. “Kiko’s experienced, and I know from personnel experience that he’s strong. But he is the right style of fight for Frampton. I think Kiko has improved as a fighter since I faced him in Dublin. It would be a huge step up for Carl, because the level after that is a fight for a World title but he could get the job done. I just think Kiko would suit him and it would be a great fight for the fans,” he added.
The fighter, who reinvigorated the Irish professional scene in the last decade, may stress Martinez is not a push over, but he feels Frampton has the ability to dethrone the champ and excel in a competitive weight division.
Indeed Dunne believes Frampton is the best out of the much hyped super bantemweight European quartet that includes Scott Quigg, Martinez and Rendall Munroe.
“I think he is the best of them when you talk about future prospects. He is 25 years of age, so he is still very young, but he is very polished as a professional. If you asked me the question is it to soon to be fighting Monroe or Quigg? I say no. If Monroe wins the clash
between him and Quigg for the Interim WBA World title I would take the fight, because I believe he would beat him, or Quigg. Carl is a great mover, his upper body movement is fantastic. He is also a fantastic body puncher. He is slick and on top of that he is really entertaining to watch, which is what the fans love.”