June 21 Jonny Stapleton
CARL Frampton’s European potential European title fight with Kiko Martinez is in jeopardy, according to the Spaniard’s adviser Joe Forbes.
Promoter Eddie Hearn claimed at this weeks press conference to announce Paul McCloskey and Breidis Prescott’s WBA light welterweight world title eliminator, that he was confident the eagerly anticipated super bantamweight continental clash would be soon be announced as chief support bout.
The heir to the Matchroom throne also echoed Team Frampton’s claims that they wanted the fight, but Forbes claims there actions suggest otherwise.
Surprisingly the translator and Spaniard’s English voice did admit he wouldn’t be 100 percent confident the three time European champion, that caught Bernard Dunne cold back in 2007, would emerge victorious from the proposed September 10 clash.
Forbes also predicts the battle between touted future world champion and three time European title holder would be a clash worthy of the 10,000 seated Odyssey Arena.
“I know they don’t want this fight. When you price yourself out of a fight you have to ask yourself why,” Forbes said.
“To be truthful it would be a fantastic fight. It would be evenly matched and I would not want to put money on Kiko to win. I believe the fight would go either way, my heart tells me one thing and my head another, but at least we want to fight. That is more than can be said for them.”
In Frampton and his manager Irish boxing legend Barry McGugian’s defence they have reiterated they want the fight and stress they are confident they can claim the strap that once belonged to Willie Casey and former World champ Bernard Dunne.
It seems issues outside the ring rather than any potential happenings in it are the cog in the Frampton Martinez September 10 wheel.
The Jackal’s legendary coach Gerry Storey also stressed recently that he has no qualms about his charge facing the heavy hitting ’Mini Tyson’.