Frampton closes in on Kiko Martinez fight

By Jonny Stapleton

Carl Frampton is on the verge of super bantamweight European title
fight with Kiko Martinez and will most likely make a massive Belfast
home coming against the Spaniard in June.

After successfully defending his title against Prosper Ankrah last
Saturday the Commonwealth champion called out domestic rival Scott
Quigg.

However, the undefeated Bury fighter turned down what promoter Eddie
Hearn labeled “a fantastic offer”, opting instead to fight fellow Brit
Rendal Munroe for the WBA interim title, that Willie Casey challenged
for last March.

With two of their main targets in Munroe and Quigg tied up Team
Frampton have now set their sights the man, who famously had Bernard
Dunne gone in 86 seconds.

Indeed Mirror Sport is lead to believe both teams are just waiting for
a Sky approved date before hammering out a deal, which should be easy
to make considering Martinez is managed by Belfast’s Pat Magee.

The Belfast fighter’s promoter Hearn admitted Martinez is on top of
his summer wish list, but he still hopes to lure Quigg to Belfast in
the Autumn.

“Carl wants a big name and I hope he gets a chance to meet Scott Quigg
later in the year. We’ll look at Martinez now because we want to take
the European title,” Hearn, who also stated he was keen on making
Matthew Macklin Darren Barker said.

“Frampton is a hungry man and he wants big names and big fights.
Prosper Ankrah and these guys in the Commonwealth are not good enough
and I don’t want to watch these fights and nor do the fans.”

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