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 Last update:  2/10/2013       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Carl Frampton: I Proved My Chin, I Want a World Title!
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Carl Frampton won the European super-bantamweight title with a stunning ninth round knockout victory over Kiko Martinez. The Spaniard's credentials could not be challenged, being a three-time champion, and as predicted he gave the 'Jackal' the toughest workout of his 16-fight career.

But this was Frampton's 'coming-out' party and he announced arrival in spectacular fashion, Martinez walking on to a short right-hand that dropped him for the first time in the fight. And it proved to be the last blow of the night as the brave Martinez clambered to his feet, only to sway into the ropes leaving the referee little choice but to wave it off.

The end was a surprise when it came though, the result of a hard right hand that caught the champion square in the face, although the preceding two minutes must surely have weakened the Spaniard's legs.

It was the first time Martinez had been stopped in a 30-fight career and Frampton was delighted with the performance.

"It feels amazing," Frampton said on Sky Sports 1. "I just want to thank everyone who came out here. I just want the whole of Belfast to be proud of me. I want to be a world champion and I'm getting close.  (It was a) very tough night. He was harder to hit than I thought. He's tough as nails. He's a nice guy and I'll shake his hand.

"I told him I'd outbox him at the start and I'd outfight him at the end - and that's exactly what I've done. He's a big, big puncher. People had doubts about my chin. It just shows I've got a solid chin. He's one of the hardest fighters in the super-bantamweight division and I could take him all day."

Tags: Kiko Martinez , Frampton vs Martinez , Frampton-Martinez , Carl Frampton



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comment by Hougigo, on 02-11-2013
Does Quigg count? I don't remember if Interim counts in some people's mind

comment by wja1966, on 02-11-2013
Carl Frampton proved that he is world class but the problem is the champions of his weight class are elite fighters Donaire,Rigo and Mares. In any other weight class he would be a world champion but I feel he needs more fights if hes going in against those 3 champions

comment by Ray*, on 02-10-2013
[QUOTE=Mr Ehrmantraut]Your out of your damn mind. Quigg is the only one who wants the fight, and has fought much better opposition to boot.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=right hand jab]Quigg has ko'd the man who beat Martinez twice and fought for a World title against one of the better fighters in the div...

comment by IronDanHamza, on 02-10-2013
He certainly did. He proved he can take a punch. Martinez landed some clean, solid, hard shots and he was never buzzed once. I think his defense is a problem. He's still learning and growing he's only had 16 fights but he definitely has area's he needs to improve.

comment by WeltshmerzKO, on 02-10-2013
Great fight! Frampton definitely struggled and took some huge shots backing straight out, but i thought he boxed well overall. A little less running and better defence will need to be addressed if he really wants to be a legit world champion and definitively win rounds. Great clash of styles thou...

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