Kiko Martinez is the reigning IBF super bantamweight champion and successfully defended his title in his last bout and yet will enter his second title defense matchup as an underdog to Carl Frampton, who is the current European super bantamweight and IBF Intercontinental super bantamweight champion. Kiko Martinez and Carl Frampton will match up on September 6 for the IBF super bantamweight title at Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds. Carl Frampton opened as a -450 favorite with the Boxing odds while Kiko Martinez was a +325 dog.
The 28 year old Kiko Martinez stands at five feet three inches tall with a reach of 66 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Martinez was born in Alicante, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain where he still resides. Also known as “The Sensation” Martinez is the top ranked super bantamweight from Spain and is ranked third in the world with a career record of 31 wins and 4 losses. Out of his 31 wins 23 have come by knockout while just one out of his four losses has come by knockout. Martinez is coming off a technical knockout win in the seventh round of a scheduled 12 round bout against Hozumi Hasegawa on April 23, 2014 after having won the IBF super bantamweight title on December 21, 2013 in a knockout win over Jeffrey Mathebula in the ninth round of a scheduled 12 round bout.
The 27 year old Carl Frampton stands at five feet five inches tall with a reach of 62 inches and fights from an orthodox stance. Also known as “The Jackal” Frampton was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. He is the top ranked super bantamweight from the United Kingdom and ranks fourth in the world with a career record of 18 wins in 18 bouts with a total of 13 knockout wins for his career. Frampton is coming off a knockout win over Hugo Fidel Cazares in the second round of a bout that was scheduled for a total of 12 rounds on April 4, 2014. The bout was in Belfast giving Frampton an important home town win.
Frampton is the home town sentimental pick but we’re going with Martinez, the proven champion!