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Frampton: Kiko might be world champ - but he can't handle the trash talk

Belfast’s Carl Frampton is counting down to the biggest night of his unbeaten career.

Image: Photographer - William Cherry

CARL FRAMPTON WILL try to spark Kiko Martinez’s short fuse before their world title showdown.

‘The Jackal’ took Martinez’s European belt with a thundering right hand when the pair last met in February 2013.

It was a definitive finish after a week of trash talk from both boxers before they set foot in the ring.

Martinez will have revenge on his mind when he defends his IBF Super-Bantamweight belt in a purpose-built 16,000-seater on the historic Titanic Slipways next Saturday night.

Frampton believes he can get under the Spaniard’s skin if the pre-fight verbals kick off again.

“He’s very emotional and can be wound up easily,” the 27-year-old said at an event in Dublin yesterday.

“He says a few wee things off the cuff.

“He’ll probably come over here with it in his head that he’s not going to bite this time — but he’s easily wound up so he might bite again!

So is the pressure on Frampton to deliver a knockout punch or a knockout line?

“I don’t know, maybe a bit of both!” he laughed. “We’ll take it as it is.”

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