SAME again, but that bit quicker. That is the general consensus of Irish fight fans when asked for a prediction for Carl Frampton Kiko Martinez II.
Considering ‘The Jackal’ took out the reigning IBF super bantamweight champion of the World in round 9 of a 2013 European title fight such predictions are understandable.
However, Frampton holds a different view. The World title hopeful isn’t reading to much into the last bout, a fight he doesn’t like to look back on as he feels he made a number of mistakes. The Cyclone Promotions puncher claims he fights a ‘brand new’ Martinez come September 6 and warns the last result counts for nothing.
Indeed the popular Belfast Boy is expecting the toughest fight of his career at the Titanic Quarter next week.
“That fight is in the past and this a totally new fight. That fight and result counts for nothing and I am facing a brand new Kiko on September 6, He has gained confidence from winning the world title and defending it twice,” Frampton told the Belfast Newsletter.
“He claims he will be better prepared mentally and physically this time around and I hope he is. Because when I beat him for a second time he will have no excuses. I am expecting a tough fight – my toughest fight to date – but the best Carl Frampton beats the best Kiko Martinez every time,” he added.
Since hitting the dirt for the first time thanks to a Frampton Matinez has got up of the proverbial career canvas claimed the World title and defended it twice against with wins over Jhonatan Romero, Jeffrey Mathebula and Hozumi Hosegawa.
Frampton admits the Spaniard has improved, but believes his powers have also increased and significantly more than is upcoming foe.
“He has improved a bit but I have improved massively and that is going to be the difference. I know this is going to be the toughest fight of my life and I am prepared for that.
“But this is only the start and Kiko is not stopping me from getting to where I want to go. No chance.”