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Frampton gets world title fight with old foe Kiko Martinez

The 27-year-old Belfast fighter will get the chance to claim the IBF super bantamweight belt on 6 September.

Frampton in action against Hugo Cazares back in April.
Frampton in action against Hugo Cazares back in April.
Image: William Cherry

CARL FRAMPTON WILL face old rival Kiko Martinez for the IBF super banatamweight title later this year.

The Belfast fighter, who is unbeaten in his 18 professional fights, has been in superb form of late and overcame Hugo Cazares with a second-round knockout in his WBC title eliminator in April.

He claimed victory over Martinez and the European super bantamweight title with a ninth-round stoppage in February 2013 but the Spaniard, who famously saw off Dubliner Bernard Dunne in 86 seconds back in 2007, has since gone on to win the IBF belt.

Today, it has been announced that the pair are set to get reacquainted on 6 September and, althought a venue has yet to be confirmed, the fight will take place in Northern Ireland.

Framptom Martinex poster

“I’m over the moon to be fighting for a World title in my hometown, I have to thank my team for making this happen and now it is time for me to deliver,” Frampton said.

“I am fully focused on September the 6th and Kiko Martinez. It’s been my dream since I started boxing to become a World champion and I have worked so hard to get this far, now is the time for me to fulfil that dream in front of the best fans in the world.”

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