Kiko Martinez Very Motivated To Secure Hometown Win

By Miguel Rivera

Kiko Martínez (29-4, 21KOs), the junior featherweight world champion of the International Boxing Federation (IBF), has extra motivation to retain his title because his upcoming defense is taking place at Pabellon Esperanza Lag in Elche, Spain. Martinez will defend his title against mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula (27-4-2, 14KOs) of South Africa.

It will be Martinez's first defense since capturing the title in August with an unexpected sixth round knockout of Jhonatan Romero at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City.

"I'm very motivated, stronger than ever. I'm happy with myself. [I saw Mathebula] and he is very good, very strong, very tall and very complicated. I trained very hard for this fight. Because the fight is in Elche, I have extra motivation to win this because it's house, my people [ and because of that] I couldn't fall asleep in training," Martinez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CJ_Ross on 12-20-2013

I agree, reach and height will be the difference

Comment by giacomino on 12-20-2013

Mathebula is going to have a massive height and reach advantage and I expect him to win, but big props to Kiko for immediately fighting his mandatory. Seems like most new "champions" these days find a way to take a…

Comment by calamaro on 12-20-2013

Why? He took the belt from the champion, and fighting his mandatory less than 3 months later. He´s doing things right. WAR KIKO!!!

Comment by ihatebobarum on 12-20-2013

i wish this guy would just hand over this belt to rigo.

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