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Frampton-Martinez Clash is Confirmed For September 22

By Terence Dooley
 
Eddie Hearn of Matchroom has confirmed that Carl Frampton, 14-0 (9), will challenge EBU super bantamweight titlist Kiko Martinez, 26-3 (19), at Belfast's Odyssey Arena on September 22.  Frampton will hope to use the fight as a launch pad for a tilt at either Scott Quigg or Rendall Munroe, who met in June to establish domestic dominance.  However, a clash of heads, which led to a cut to the eye of Munroe, meant that the interim WBA title fight was stopped and declared a technical draw - leaving a lingering uncertainty over who is the top man on the U.K. scene.
 
Belfast's Frampton, 25, has not put a foot wrong in his career thus far, winning the Commonwealth belt and IBF Inter-Continental strap in style, and has the backing of former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan, who manages the contender, but he will face a stiff test against the 26-year-old Spaniard.  Martinez has fought in Ireland before, most memorably when destroying Bernard Dunne in a single round in August 2007, but the champion was twice out-boxed, out-muscled and out-pointed by Munroe during EBU title fights.
 
A win for Frampton, especially an impressive one, would give fans pause for thought the next time the question, "Who is the best British super bantamweight?", is raised.
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IronDanHamza on 07-19-2012

Nice fight. About time Frampton stepped up. Hopefully him, Quigg and Munroe get round to fighting each other. Quigg and Munroes no decision was such a let down.

Comment by Mick Higgs on 07-19-2012

Of course regardless of a win or loss Carl Frampton should fight Scott Quigg next. Also @ 122lb on a domestic level I'd like to see Welsh area champion Robbie Turley vs Ricky Owen & English champion Ryan Walsh vs…

Comment by gingerbreadman on 07-19-2012

When the Brits hit the front I really hope they can get fights against the cream of the crop at 122, such as Mares, Rigondeaux, Donaire (prob won't be there though), and Moreno. Sort of Macklin, Barker, Murray situation, except…

Comment by Chrismart on 07-19-2012

Big fight this for Frampton...a shame the cut to Munroe cut short his fight with Quigg as the 2 fights could of set off a series of fights between these fighters.

Comment by Mastrangelo on 07-19-2012

How can you not love super bantamweight division? I can't wait.

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