Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Carl Frampton prepares for Titanic launch

United front: Barry McGuigan has faith in Carl Frampton

Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions have called a press conference today at the Titanic Centre ahead of Carl Frampton's world title showdown with Kiko Martinez on September 6.

The press event, which starts at 1pm and is open to the public, promises to be a feisty affair with IBF champion Kiko 'La Sensacion' Martinez flying in to renew hostilities with 'The Jackal'.

Despite Ravenhill, the Maze and Balmoral Showgrounds all being speculated on as possible big show venues, Cyclone have kept the actual location under wraps thus far.

Details of ticket availability and pricing will also be disclosed at the Centre's Titanic Suite, Level 5.

The final destination is expected to be close by and with at least 20,000 supporters looking to pack in, the Titanic Slipways offer a spacious option.

Both champion and challenger come face-to-face in a formal situation for the first time since their February 2013 encounter.

Frampton came out on top on that occasion, blasting the Spaniard in nine rounds for the European super-bantamweight title.

A repeat victory in the rematch will land Carl the coveted world crown live on BoxNation TV.

Frampton stated on social media last week that he is looking forward to seeing his "wee friend" again and renewing a rivalry that has often threatened to turn ugly.

"I hope it's fiery. He has been saying a lot on Twitter, but let's see if he is like that when he comes over because he has been tamed," said Frampton.

"He's already been knocked out, so he can't be too brash because he will look foolish.

"There will be no problem with me getting motivated as there is a world title on the line.

"I'm going to be in front of the biggest crowd I have ever boxed in front of but there will be no issues with that on my part.

"I think he's a slightly better fighter now but I know how much I have improved as well."

Since losing to Frampton, Martinez has had three bouts, winning the world title in the second contest and showing slightly more refinement in his work.

There is conflicting opinion as to whether the Kiko who landed in Belfast yesterday has improved since the first fight or if his level of opposition has not been the strongest.

"They're not Carl Frampton. He's a different fighter than those guys and it's that simple," stated McGuigan.

"Frampton's a stellar fighter."

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