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.
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.
Photograph: Russell Pritchard
The referee crouched to his knees and stared directly into the eyes of the grizzled Mexican veteran. Hugo Cazares looked across the ring at his adversary and winked. Carl Frampton stood motionless in a neutral corner, waiting for further instructions from referee Victor Loughlin – waiting to be unleashed so he could finish the job.
Hugo Cazares claimed that he was angry with his stoppage loss to Carl Frampton on April 4. Even though the referee was receiving the brunt of the disgust he should also accept some responsibility for failing to answer the count on time.
Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Cyclone Promotions
Carl Frampton moved one step closer to a world title shot by stopping former two-time world champion Hugo Cazares in the second round. Entering the ring to the raucous atmosphere he has become accustomed to, Frampton was out to rubberstamp his credentials and prove that he belongs in the ring with the likes of WBC world champion Leo Santa Cruz.
If Carl Frampton removes the threat of world title eliminator rival Hugo Cazares then a shot at WBC holder Leo Santa Cruz could be on the table for the summer. Even though talk of a stadium fight in Belfast may seem the stuff of dreams, Shane McGuigan believe that it is not so far fetched. Shane can envisage Golden Boy Promotions, Showtime TV and their prize asset Santa Cruz travelling across the water to accommodate Frampton in a blockbuster event.
Carl Frampton believes that Leo Santa Cruz will agree to face him in a WBC title clash provided Carl wins his eliminator with Hugo Cazares. After failing to secure a shot at IBF holder Kiko Martinez, Team Cyclone were forced to change their plans and take advantage of a high ranking with the World Boxing Council.