By Per Ake Persson
Maravilla Box Management of Spain, headed by WBC middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez himself, won the purse bids today in Rome for the mandatory fight between EBU super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez and challenger Carl Frampton. MBM bid 62,000 EUR, Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport finished second best with an offer of 30,001 EUR, while Pat Magee bid 26,000 EUR.
Date and site to be announced.
Frampton, 15-0, stopped Steve Molitor in his last fight - and Molitor actually stepped in for Martinez, 27-3, who suffered an injury. The mandatory challenger for Kiko was then Alexander Bakhtin, but he hase sinc won a world title and Frampton was named as the official challenger.