June 26 Jonny Stapleton
CARL FRAMPTON can finally focus on trading real rather than verbal blows with Kiko Martinez after the pair agreed to fight for the European super bantamweight title on September 10.
The Jackal will challenge the three time European champion for a belt that once sat proudly on Bernard Dunne and Willie Casey’s mantle piece on the under card of Paul McCloskey and Breidis Prescott’s WBA Light Welterweight World title eliminator.
And after a contractual back and forth between both teams Belfast’s hottest prospect is just delighted he can now concentrate on to doing the business inside an Odyssey Arena ring.
“I am over the moon. I literally just found out the fight was 100 percent confirmed seconds ago and I am delighted,” Frampton told Mirror Sports yesterday. “Now that we put pen to paper I can graft away. I had been training with Kiko in mind, but now I can really put my foot down on the gas and work toward beating Martinez on September 10 and claiming the title.”
Frustrating fight negotiations may well be sorted but the 24 year old Gerry Storey trained pro knows the hard work lies ahead.
Frampton did admit he will have to be in tip top shape to defeat the Spaniard, who turned a boisterous Point Theatre into a morgue when he had Bernard Dunne gone in 86 seconds back in 2007.
The talented Tigers Bay man claims ‘Mini Tyson’ could be afforded World class status, but is adamant, that despite only having ten pro fight he is ready for Martinez and ready to be crowned Continental ring king.
Barry McGuigan’s protégé is confident he will overcome a fighter renowned for putting his opponents on their backs before climbing into bed with the famous blue strap on September 10.
“I am not jumping into the deep end. This is a fight I can win. Kiko will be the toughest opponent I have fought. You could say he is World class. He is a heavy hitter and has mixed with some good fighters. But in saying that I have the tools to beat him. I know it’s a hard fight, but one I can win. I am going to train as hard as I can and I will leave the ring with the belt and bring it to bed with me that night,” Frampton added minutes after sparring Frank Warren prospect Stephen Ormond in Dublin.
The mouth watering clash will play chief support bout to former European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey’s bid to defeat the only man to beat Amir Khan, and Frampton can’t wait to face the Brian Peters promoted fighter in front of 10,000 fans.
The Belfast boy is ecstatic the biggest fight of his fledgling career will take place in his home town.
“It is just amazing to get this chance and that it is in Belfast. I am so excited about fighting for the belt in the Odyssey in front of 10,00 fans. It is a dream come true. To be chief support to Paul McCloskey is great too. I’m sure it will be a sell-out and the support I’ll get will push me even harder against a top quality opponent.”