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Carl Frampton v Kiko Martinez: Workers set the stage for Jackal's Titanic showdown in Belfast

By Amanda Ferguson

The countdown is on for The Jackal's Titanic showdown.

Work has started on the purpose-built stage for Carl Frampton's world title match against Kiko Martinez on the Titanic slipways on September 6.

The north Belfast man will be challenging the Spaniard for the IBF super-bantamweight title at the new outdoor venue just outside the world-famous visitor attraction.

Frampton is in incredible shape ahead of the bout and hopes to sink Martinez fast in a fight that will be a career-defining moment for the 27-year-old.

He took to Twitter recently to share a photograph of his little daughter Carla, also known as Baby Jackal, standing in front of a poster advertising the event. "She's my daughter and my motivation," he wrote.

On September 5 another city landmark, the Ulster Hall, will host the weigh-in ahead of the 16,000 strong crowd-pulling title fight the following day.

Admission to the Ulster Hall weigh-in at 1pm is on a first come, first served basis, so boxing fans are being advised to arrive in good time for doors opening at 11.30am.

In addition to the massive Frampton fight, Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions has announced that Dungiven's Eamonn O'Kane, the IBF number 10 ranked middleweight, will box Lithuania's Virgilijus Stapulionis for the IBF intercontinental middleweight title.

The Titanic Showdown is supported by the Northern Ireland Executive and Belfast City Council. Sponsors include the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life.

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