August 25 Jonny Stapleton
Kiko Martinez claims Carl Frampton will suffer the same fate as Bernard Dunne when he puts his European title online against the Belfast star in the Odyssey Arena on September 10.
Super bantamweight, Martinez shocked Dunne and his partisan following when he stopped the former World champion within a round one of their EBU title fight back in 2007.
And whilst the three time continental champ isn’t quite predicting a dramatic first round stoppage early next month he is confident he will halt the ‘Jackal’ and his rise up the world rankings.
‘Mini Tyson’ believes the ‘Belfast Boy’ won’t have the answers to his Spanish inquisition, but thinks it will take eight rounds rather than 86 seconds to register his second Irish knock out.
“ I respect Carl Frampton, but at this stage of his career he won’t not cause me any problems. I do expect the fight to go at least six to eight rounds, but no longer than that,” Martinez told Mirror Sport.
To add insult to injury after his by now infamous Dunne demolition Team Martinez revealed they had thousands on a first round stoppage at odds of 66/1.
And it seems the 25 year old Spaniard’s team are literally going to put money were their mouth is once again and back another Irish European stoppage win.
Martinez, who is promoted by Dunne’s former promoter Brian Peters, also revealed he has been trying to get Barry McGuigan’s protégé in the ring since last October.
His manager Joe Forbes claims the fighter who twice lost to Rendell Munroe, is certain he will remain European super bantamweight chief by winning the chief support bout to Paul McCloskey’s WBA world title eliminator with Breidis Prescott.
“There is no way Kiko losing to Carl at this stage,” said Forbes before discussing the their 2007 punt. “Kiko never goes in the ring without confidence or without his follower having money on the fight. Obviously it will not be a first round job as Bernard and Carl are two different types of boxers, but it will be the same outcome.”