Carl Frampton will beat Kiko Martinez in Belfast

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On September 6 at the Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Carl Frampton will challenge the reigning IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez in front of an anticipated crowd of 16,000 screaming fans.

The 27-year-old Tigers Bay resident is universally recognised as one of the top three fighters in the world at 122-pounds and he has already beaten the man who will be standing in the opposite corner on fight night.

Previous bout

Frampton, known as 'The Jackal', encountered the little Spaniard in a European title clash back in February 2013 and scored a career best knockout victory in the ninth round when he detonated a devastating right hand that landed flush on the target.

Martinez performed how he always performs - he steamed forward and threw wild and powerful swings - only it didn't pay off for him at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, as Frampton outboxed, outfought and outthought him.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Martinez (31-4, 23KO's) somehow landed a world title shot six months after being wiped out by the undefeated Frampton (18-0, 13KO's) and he snatched the belt from Jhonatan Romero, with Frampton seemingly left in the wilderness.

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Two comfortable wins inside the scheduled distance for the Barry McGuigan promoted superstar over Jeremy Parodi and Hugo Fidel Cazarez respectively thrilled his vast Irish following, but deep down Frampton was ovbiously frustrated at the lack of opportunities.

WBC King Leo Santa Cruz initially showed a keen interest in doing battle with The Jackal before changing his tune.

The Mexican-American buzz-saw, a great fighter in his own right, went from regularly mentioning Frampton's name in interviews to switching routes and talking about the WBA 'Regular' title holder Scott Quigg regarding a unification bout.


Nevertheless, McGuigan worked tirelessly to secure the fight that everybody craved for the hard punching former Celtic, Commonwealth, IBF Inter-continental and European champion. 

The rematch will be an enthralling event and it will take place in a custom built arena in the amazing Titanic Quarter.

The atmosphere will be intense, the crowd will be partisan and Frampton will thrive on the pressure. He will shine under the ring lights and he will become the champion of the world.

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