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'Let's have a third Belfast fight after Kiko wins this one'

By David Kelly

Maravilla Promotions chief Sampson Lewkowicz says he wants to come back to Belfast for a third fight between Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez.

Lewkowicz, like the rest of the Martinez camp, are convinced their man will retain his IBF super-bantamweight title and consequently exact his revenge on the Belfast man tonight. With that in mind, the top promoter believes a trilogy would be the perfect way to end their rivalry, which started in February 2013 when Frampton stopped the Spaniard.

Las Vegas-based Lewkowicz said: "Carl has said that he plans to fight in December after this one and I agree, we will have Frampton-Martinez III after Kiko wins on Saturday.

"I think that would be another great fight for Belfast, just the way this fight is with an outdoor venue. It's a great venue.

"For this fight Kiko is mentally totally different, he has the right team, he has a great coach and Sergio Martinez is behind him and he motivates him – he is like his father for him."

While the Martinez team initially spurned the opportunity of a return with Frampton, smooth talking Lewkowicz said it was just a matter of timing.

"It was not a hard negotiation. When you have goodwill everything works out. It was the right fight for everyone."

"It was the right money but almost the same when we decided to go to Japan, but the reason that I went to Japan for a defence was because I wanted to create what is now the Titanic Showdown," said Lewkowicz.

"I always had in my mind that we would come back here but always in the right time and now is the right time.

"If Kiko had defended it right away after winning the title that was not the right time, so after the fight in Japan Kiko was an even more credible champion because you can be good for one night but he has been good for three nights in a row, defeating three world champions by knockout.

"Now Kiko is ready to beat Frampton."

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