The first fight was an intriguing clash of styles. Kiko Martinez swaggered in to Belfast with his European super-bantamweight title but left empty handed after being comprehensively knocked out by Carl Frampton on a cold February evening at the Odyssey Arena. Now they will do it all again, in an impressively constructed outdoor venue on the Titanic Slipways in early September. This time Kiko arrives with a world title and promoter Barry McGuigan reckons that his man will once again strip the Spaniard of his prize asset. The Cyclone Promotions head man is expecting the fight to be even better than the first and a scrap befitting of the fantastic 16,000 capacity venue.
Belfast super-featherweight Anthony Cacace has spoken of how a chance encounter with Barry McGuigan led to him signing with Cyclone Promotions and landing a spot on the Titanic Showdown undercard. Despite a promising start Anthony’s pro career stalled after a move to Philadelphia failed to work out. Now he’s training with the McGuigans and hoping to bag a British title shot after tonight’s rust-shedding fight with Poland’s Dawid Knade.
Mexican super-flyweight Jose Estrella has landed in Belfast and is itching for a good scrap. The Tijuana boxer quickly accepted the call to face local favourite Jamie Conlan on Saturday’s ‘Titanic Showdown’ extravaganza and the Latino slugger has been swotting up on his opponent in the meantime.
Sergio Martinez is in Belfast and expecting his namesake to keep his title and upset Frampton, writes Steve Wellings
FORMER world middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is confidently backing his namesake Kiko Martinez to retain the IBF super-bantamweight title on Saturday night. Speaking in Belfast ahead of Kiko’s defence against local favourite Carl Frampton at the Titanic Quarter, Sergio reckons his charge can end the fight inside the distance.
With the big fight all set to take place tomorrow evening, we have put together a list of the “Titanic Showdown” articles and audio interviews compiled on Irish Boxing Review so far. Click on the headline below to access each piece.
In the lead-up to Carl Frampton’s huge headliner this Saturday night Irish Boxing Review have been digging through our photo archives to find some choice snaps of the Belfast world title challenger.
The first photograph is of Carl with Bobby Lavery and Cormac Campbell collecting his Boxer of the Year award.
The second set of photos is back in Midland ABC as Carl sharpens his tools on the pads with Barry McGuigan.
The third set are from the Europa Hotel as Carl joins the likes of Stephen Haughian and Jamie Conlan on the undercard of Paul McCloskey’s European title defence against Italy’s Guiseppe Lauri.
The fourth set are from the Ulster Hall where promoter Barry McGuigan was busy announcing a six-fight deal with Setanta Sports in the Ulster Hall. Frampton only fought there twice as it happened, beating Yuri Voronin and Gavin Reid. Limerick’s Willie Casey was being lined up as a future opponent but to date the fight never materialised. Casey, his trainer Phil Sutcliffe Senior are in the photos along with Gerry Storey and Fergus Lavery a businessman who was heavily involved with ‘Team Jackal’ at the time.
The fifth and final set are back in Midland boxing club, Tigers Bay when Carl renewed acquaintances with former amateur rival David Oliver Joyce, this time as part of a high-quality sparring session.
In the lead-up to Carl Frampton’s huge headliner this Saturday night Irish Boxing Review have been digging through our photo archives to find some choice snaps of the Belfast world title challenger. We are privileged to have received superb gym access to Carl, even before he turned professional, and here is a celebration of his progression.
In the first set of photographs Carl was just back from the Ahmet Comert Cup in Turkey and is pictured proudly wearing the gold medal around his neck. Frampton defeated Turkey’s Cetin Ozdemir in the featherweight final. We travelled round to Midland ABC in Tigers Bay to meet with Carl and his coach Billy McKee in May 2009 as part of an article for Irish Fighter magazine.
The second set of photos came in October 2009 at the Holy Family gym with Gerry Storey taking ‘The Jackal’ on the pads. That article ended up in Boxing News magazine as part of their ‘Hot Prospect’s series.
Super-bantamweight contender Chris Avalos reckons that he is one of the most avoided boxers in the 122lb weight class. Highly-ranked with both the the IBF and WBO the 24-year-old fancies a crack at the best and gives short shrift to any suggestion that pound-for-pound talent Guillermo Rigondeaux has no willing and able competition.
“Rigondeaux is a chump. I’ve been ranked in the WBO number one spot for the world title and it was supposed to be mandatory that we fight,” scathed Avalos.