By Jonny Stapleton
CARL Frampton will not get the chance to become European Champion before the year is out, but the Belfast stars continental dream is not terminated it is just on hold.
Reigning champion Kiko Martinez wanted to defend against the Commonwealth champion in Belfast in December, but has been forced to defend against the mandatory challenger Arsen Martirosyan, who he beat in Dublin to claim the title for a third time over a year ago.
However, the fighter Irish fan’s know all too well after he stopped Bernard Dunne and had public spats with Willie Casey and Frampton wants to return to Ireland next year and defend against both of the Irish super bantamweight stars.
‘Mini Tyson’ furthered his Irish connections and is now being promoted by Pat Magee, and the Brian Magee’s manager claims he will bring the three time European champion to Ireland next year to put his title on the line against ‘Big Bang’-whose much anticipated November 11 bout with Kid Galahad has been cancelled- and the ‘Jackal’.
“Kiko has to defend against the mandatory challenger very soon. If he overcomes that challenge and we are confident he will then coming to Ireland is the best option for him. If you look at the division Carl Frampton and Willie Casey are the most viable opponents for Kiko,” Magee told Mirror Sport.
“Scott Booth and Jason Quigg have probably moved off the European radar and out of those ranked only Frampton and Casey makes sense. They are both big attractions as is Kiko. That is what I am working towards now as his promoter. We are looking to get this French fighter out of the way and then get two voluntary defences in against Carl and Willie.”