Belfast’s Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton is the new IBF world super-bantamweight champion after he outpointed Spaniard Kiko Martinez over 12 rounds at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast, in Northern Ireland in a fantastic open air event in front of 16,000 fans on Saturday night.

Judges scores were 119-108 by the first two and the third official had it 118-111, all three in favour of Frampton.

It was a special performance from Frampton who dominated the champion from the first bell and gave Martinez a bit of a going over, knocking him down in the 5th on his way to a monumental victory. After the fight Frampton who had his young daughter at ringside, dedicated his win to his Granddad who recently passed away. And afterwards he paid tribute to his opponent Martinez saying he is the toughest man he had ever faced and he had massive respect for him.

“He (Martinez) was so dangerous, he’s a hard puncher and a tough man. I’ve never respected a fighter more in my life.”

Frampton, 27, takes his record to (19-0. 13KOs)

After the fight Frampton called out fellow world super-bantamweight champion Scott Quigg to face him in a unification fight! “The only man I want to fight is Scott Quigg. I’ll fight him in Manchester, I’ll fight him anywhere. But we’ve so many options.” 

Fight report

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1: Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez wary of each other, they know how good the other is and neither was prepared to commit their best moves. Frampton double right hand looks an interesting tactic, Martinez trys his own quick right. But no clean punches landed from either in a quiet opener.

2: Both hooking away in centre ring, Frampton trying to establish a jab at range, brings in a nice right, fight picks up the pace Frampton takes the second.

3: Frampton leads with sharp right and does well to bring the shots up and through the middle to halt the advancing Spaniard. Frampton looking to draw the champion onto that counter right and is having better success and taking control of the fight now. His accurate punches are quick and Martinez still awaits any success. Frampton’s judgement of the distance is good.

4: The crowd are absorbed in the contest now it has the feeling that anything can happen or if someone lands. Frampton moves back when Martinez comes at him and then he walks into range when Martinez stops. The Belfast man’s boxing skills are impressive and working from behind his measuring jab is landing more scoring shots from the champion and is winning everything up till now. Martinez suffers a cut over his left eye after a clash of heads.

5: Both start the session letting the hands go. As Frampton unleashes a big punch he lost his balance and fell to the canvas, Martinez jumped in and tryed to tag Frampton has he went down and it looked like he tried to rabbit punch the Irishman while he was down. The referee warned Martinez for it. Martinez spurned on came forward and caught Frampton with a good right but Frampton responded with better shots and more of them. A big chopping right, part of a combination from Frampton DROPS the champion on the seats of his pants. Martinez is up but the signs are positive for Frampton as the bell goes to end the round.

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6: Frampton in full control now, Frampton is landing well and Martinez is missing. Frampton’s footwork is very good and he is in full control and focussed on his work and Martinez has no answer. Frampton’s happy to back peddle when Martinez try s to rush him for some success but Frampton is too canny and soon is in control and punishes Martinez. But the champion is still there keeps coming and seems to have recovered well from the knock-down.

7: Martinez comes out with purpose, he is letting his hands go, both land decent shots and its better from the champion now as he tags Frampton with some nice digs. Its a quieter round for Frampton but he looks comfortable. Martinez senses that Frampton is looking for a slower round and jumps on his challenger, enough to take the round on work rate. The first round of the fight Martinez has probably won up to now.

8: Right hands from both land flush, Martinez seems here to have found some rhythm and he is now troubling Frampton more and is more confident to step closer to try and land his big shots and somehow put a dent in Frampton’s desire but that isn’t an easy job. Credit to the champion he is gallantly trying to hold onto his belt here and trying his best to unsettle Frampton now has he stalks Frampton who is showing lovely elusive defensive skills.

9: Good round both trading leather, Frampton giving Martinez angles but the champion keeps coming forward pressing he wants to keep this title. Frampton gets himself back in control and his punches are stinging. A shot from Martinez causes a nick on the right eye of Frampton.

10: Trade for trade, blow for blow, Martinez finds a viscous body attack to wind Frampton but the challenger fires back with interrest and stops Martinez in his tracks. It is now a war of attrition both are tired, each trying with bursting hearts to break the others will, a big right from Frampton tests Martinez’s chin but he stands up to it. They are entering the championship rounds now.

11: Left hook from Martinez is the first scoring shot of the round and it is a good one. Martinez is pushing and pushing, then Frampton unleashes a combination of fast punches that shock Martinez into covering up, he is stunned but takes them well. Frampton has the upper-hand again and has pulled the tempo back in his favour, he ends the round with his arm aloft as he goes back to his corner.

12: Big right from Martinez sets the tempo of the round, Frampton plants his feet to delivers his own hurtful counters in response. Then half way through the round Frampton explodes with another lightning combination that brings the crowd alive, Martinez is bamboozled by Framptons speed but the tough Spanish champion still comes forward. Frampton sees out the last minute of the fight and as the bell sounds to end the fight Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton is the new IBF super-bantamweight world champion after a splendid display.

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