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Kiko will pay for making me wait, warns Frampton

By David Kelly

Carl Frampton will look to make Kiko Martinez pay for keeping him waiting for the European title.

On two occasions the pair were meant to meet at the Odyssey Arena but finally this Saturday night's 'Unfinished Business' bill brings the two men together for what should be highly charged encounter.

"Waiting has really frustrated me. The first time he pulled out with about 10 days' notice, the second time he was kind enough to give us five weeks to get another opponent. It has frustrated me that it has taken until now for it to happen," said Frampton, who has picked up the Irish Boxing Writers Boxer of the Year award.

"I believe I could have been European champion when I was originally meant to fight him in my 11th fight, but it is just going to be worse for him because I am a better fighter than I was then and he is going to be in for a world of pain.

"It is a big fight, a big chance for me to look good, with his European title on the line and my IBF Inter-Continental title too. It has been a long time coming and I am excited about it, I can't wait, I think it is going to be a great crowd who will make a lot of noise in the Odyssey."

Frampton comfortably took the main gong at an awards lunch in the Europa.

"It was only a few years since I was getting the prospect award and now I'm the fighter of the year. You have guys like Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee who challenged for world titles in 2012 and put up good performances – for me to get Boxer of the Year ahead of them is a real honour.

"I'm delighted with it, to be honest. It shows you how much I've progressed in a short period of time."

Frampton's manager, former world champion Barry McGuigan was inducted into the IBWA Hall of Fame.

Belfast super-featherweight Anthony Cacace picked up the IBWA Betfair Prospect of The Year award.

Cacace was undefeated in his debut year, becoming the first boxer to claim an Irish professional title in just five fights.

Ireland's Olympic boxing team were recognised for their achievements at London 2012 with the IBWA Merit Award.

Light-flyweight Paddy Barnes and flyweight Michael Conlan, two of four Irish medallists in London, collected the award on behalf of their teammates.

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