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 Last update:  12/22/2013       Read more by Boxing Clever         
Kiko Martinez Says Mathebula KO Was a Message To All
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Elche, Spain – Kiko Martinez successfully defended his IBF junior featherweight title when he defeated Jeffrey Mathebula with a ninth-round knockout on Saturday.

Martinez was backed by the home Spanish crowd at Esperanza Lag Pavilion. He attacked relentlessly from the start against Mathebula, a former world champion, until he brought the South African down with a hard body blow.

“I just kept hitting and hitting until I could hurt him,” Martinez told Marca radio. “He is a great opponent and an intelligent boxer. It was hard work. I hit him in the body and he ended up on the mat. And I prayed he wouldn't get up. I just want to be respected so that when someone fights Kiko Martinez they know they will be in a war."

Martinez recorded his 30th win, including 22 knockouts, to go with four defeats.

In August, Martinez upset Jhonatan Romero of Colombia in Atlantic City to claim the title. This was the Spaniard's first title defense.

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comment by Bodyshot3, on 12-22-2013
Seriously hard not to like and admire Martinez...he's lost some fights against Munroe and Frampton that actually threatened to push him to the fringes of European-class but he's somehow come back with a couple of massive, world-class wins and now he might be the fighter Rigo needs to make his car...

comment by sugarsmosley, on 12-22-2013
kiko vs. rigo 2014 i'm sure HBO would take that fight its a unification match for crying out loud

comment by Andre Wardttke, on 12-22-2013
Really shows what a shξthouse decision it was for Frampton to leave Matchroom for McGuigan and Warren. This could have been him with these opportunities. Scott Quigg should rematch Salinas, because him winning that belt with a draw is ridiculous.

comment by Russian Crushin, on 12-22-2013
Damn kiko mowing thru these guy

comment by CTC JOHNNY, on 12-22-2013
Martinez is a solid guy with a good work rate!!!

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