June 17 Jonny Stapleton
Despite the fact negotiations are underway between Martinez’s Promoter Brain Peters and the Belfast prospect’s mentor Barry McGuigan the European champ doesn’t think the fight will be made.
The three time European strap holder believes Team Frampton are not keen on the continental figh despite adamant claims otherwise. And he called on ‘The Jackal’ to emulate him and take a risk if he wants to compete at the top.
“I do not like to involve myself in anything other than matters in the ring. When I get in the ring that’s when I do the job I am being paid to do. However I am keen to fight anybody who is good enough and especially when they are being talked about as being one of the best. To be the best in Europe Carl has to beat me,” Martinez told Mirror Sport.
“No matter how many times they say they want the fight I don’t think they do. I don’t think I have that much more experience than Carl, but I have taken more chances and that’s how I got where I am.”
Despite intimating the Gerry Storey coached talent doesn’t want to fight him, the man with Irish previous does seem to have respect for Celtic champion and British title contender.
‘Mini Tyson’ sympathised with the undefeated prospect after Frampton himself was critical of his latest outing against Robbie Turley and wouldn’t predict a repeat of his Dunne decimation if the EBU title fight is made.
“I thought Carl did a very good job under the circumstances. The boxer he was up against, knew he had little chance of winning so he tried to survive. That gave Carl no hope of showing how good he really is. Can I do to Carl what I did to Bernard? They are two different situations and anything can happen once you both get in the ring.”