Northern Irish boxing hero Carl Frampton gets his first shot at becoming a world champion on home soil this Saturday in his rematch with hard-hitting Spanish fighter Kiko Martinez, live on BoxNation.
The two first met on a truly memorable night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast back in February 2013, where the 27-year-old hometown fighter scored a resounding ninth round stoppage to claim the European title.
Now the stage is set for this huge ‘Titantic Showdown’ for the IBF World Super-Bantamweight title as 18-0 Frampton looks to win his first world title against the 31-4 Spaniard, who has since bounced back from his loss against the Northern Irishman with four consecutive knockout wins.
The big fight will take place in a purpose-built arena in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and will attract Northern Ireland’s biggest ever boxing crowd, with interest in the bout spreading beyond the UK and Ireland, having been sold to broadcasters as far afield as the United States, Japan, China, the Middle East and Brazil.
Heavy-fisted Martinez, who became world champion in the division just over 12 months ago, will not be fazed by travelling to Frampton’s home city to defend his world crown.
Since winning the IBF World Super-Bantamweight title in New Jersey last August, he’s since defended once on home soil against Jeffrey Mathubela and also travelled to Japan to secure a seventh round stoppage against Hozumi Hasegawa.
Martinez’s challenger Carl Frampton is an undefeated rising star with the British boxing scene and he has the confidence of knowing that he already holds a win over the champion.
Looking to claim the first world title of his career, “The Jackal” will enter the ring as both the hometown favorite and odds-on with the bookmakers to make another piece of Northern Irish boxing history.
He will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of his mentor and promoter Barry McGuigan, with whom many comparisons have been made, not just in boxing terms but the impact that Frampton’s continued success could have on Northern Irish boxing.
Fans will be hoping Frampton can match, if not surpass, the achievements of the legendary ‘The Clones Cyclone’, who won his first world featherweight title back in 1985.
Should Frampton claim victory on Saturday, he will become Northern Ireland’s first bona-fide world champion since fellow Belfast fighter Wayne McCullough claimed his bantamweight crown in 1996.
Belfast boxing fans are arguably the most fervent and passionate in the world and a partisan 16,000 crowd will produce a spectacular cauldron of noise come fight night.
They could witness the crowned of yet another British boxing world champion on Saturday night in what promises to be a memorable night in Belfast.
Frampton and Martinez delivered a thriller when they met last year, but with the Spaniard in white-hot form this weekend’s IBF super-bantamweight fight will deliver more excitement.
In what will be one of the biggest nights in the history of Northern Irish sport, twenty-seven year old Frampton will get his chance to become champion of the world in front of his home fans.
BoxNation will have full exclusive live coverage of this highly anticipated fight night from Belfast on Saturday, September 6.
Steve Bunce presents the channel’s programme from Titanic Quarter alongside a number of special guests, starting at 7.00pm and running through to at least 1.00am on BoxNation and BoxNation HD, giving fight fans a total of six hours of live action, including all the top undercard fights.
Big fight commentary comes from John Rawling and Barry Jones, while ringside reports and interviews will be provided by Alex Steedman.
Fans are advised, if they want to see the fight, to book their subscription with the channel (see details below) well in advance of fight night itself to ensure they can see the night’s action.
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Saturday 6th September
Titanic Showdown: Kiko Martinez v Carl Frampton
LIVE: 7.00pm-1.00am BoxNation