Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Boxing: Tiny terror is new iron Mike

Martinez will explode on our Pocket Rocket

WAYNE McCullough can expect to face the whirlwind of a mini Mike Tyson when he clashes with European super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez at the King's Hall on December 1.

Martinez has revealed how he was inspired by Mike Tyson to take up boxing and wants to rule the world super-bantamweight scene just like New Yorker once enjoyed a reign of terror in the heavyweight division.

Martinez shocked Dubliner Bernard Dunne in August with an 86-second demolition job and has promised more of the same for the Pocket Rocket.

Martinez said: "Mike Tyson was my big hero. I admired Sugar Ray Leonard but for Tyson was fantastic.

"I loved watching him fight and I have modelled my style on him and I think it is working.

"He was very exciting and he hit very hard just like me and I know that I will knock out Wayne McCullough."

If Tyson was his hero growing up, now it is the players of Real Madrid for the man from Alicante.

"I love Madrid and of course Ruud Van Nistelrooy, he's fantastic," added Martinez, whose camp are sounding just as confident as they were when arriving in Dublin in the summer to take the European belt away from Dunne.

It is understood that the Spaniards went home around 30,000 euro richer from bets made on the fight, including odds of 66-1 to win the first round.

Now, according to agent Joe Forbes, they are eager to put their money where their mouth is again.

"There are even more people coming to support Kiko and they want to have even more money on him this time to win," says Forbes.

"After the way he beat Dunne there are more people keen to come over from Spain to watch him face McCullough and his people even want to have a 20,000 euro side bet with an Irishman if there is someone out there who'll take it.

"The whole team are very confident they have a future world champion in their hands."

lTickets for the show are priced at £40 and £100 and can be purchased from ticketmaster.ie.

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