REPORTS in Spain suggest Carl Frampton will challenge Kiko Martinez for the IBF super bantamweight title in Belfast on September 6.
The boxing rumour mill has been churning out all manner of scenario’s for Frampton and indeed his super bantamweight rivals over the last few months. However, after initially failing to secure a bout with the Spaniard last year it seems Frampton will finally get to lay gloves on the fighter he beat to claim the European title in February of 2013.
Cyclone Promotions haven’t commented on any of the numerous Frampton rumours and their is no official confirmation, but reports in Spain suggest they have agree a deal with Maravilabox for Martinez to come to Belfast and make a third defence of a title he won after Frampton had stopped him the 9th round of a Continental clash.
Indeed, Spainish press have quoted the former Bernard Dunne defeater as saying he was happy to turn down unification fights with Leo Santa Cruz and Scott Quigg to get Frampton revenge.
“I am so please Maravillabox asked them (Team Frampton) to give me another chance to measure myself to Frampton . For me it is greater motivation than the possibility of unifying belts. I will never forget , and I want to prove that defeat was just a bad day. “
The Spaniard, who has fought in Ireland five times, turned down the bout this time last year, despite being offered a record purse and only last week said that he would prefer WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz or WBA belt holder Quigg. However, it seems he has been tempted to back to Belfast, although until official word is released anything could happen.