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Martinez says its personal and hints he might try and fight on the back foot

KIKO Martinez comes to Belfast as World Champion but has a point to prove this coming Saturday night.

The Spaniard wants revenge for his February 2013 European title defeat suffered at the gloves of the Carl Frampton and claims Saturday night is personal.

Speaking to the Ring Magazine the reigning IBF super bantamweight champion of the World once again stressed Frampton didn’t face the best Martinez and things will be different at the Titanic Quarter this weekend.

“This fight is personal. Frampton and me we have unfinished business. In the first fight I wasn’t myself. I was involved in personal problems, my head was not 100 percent focused on boxing. This time the history will be different.”

The only time the Spaniard took a step back in his career was when Frampton put him on his rear in round 9 of their European title fight. The former four time European champ is the archetypal come forward battler and Team Frampton expect him to go hunting their man down from the first bell this coming weekend.

However, Bernard Dunne’s defeater has indicated he may try and counter punch this time round!

“He’s a good fighter, with skills and speed. Fighting against him is a big challenge for anybody in the division, but I love the risks. I need to be more calm in this fight, and try to work on my counterpunching ability.”


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