FRAMPTON V MARTINEZ: WAR OF WORDS AHEAD OF EUROPEAN TITLE FIGHT

Seconds out...Frampton and Martinez Europa hotel press conference

Seconds out…Frampton and Martinez Europa hotel press conference

IF their press conference is anything to go by, Saturday night’s European title fight in Belfast should lift the roof off the Odyssey Arena.

There is no love lost between north Belfast’s Karl Frampton and Kiko Martinez.

And the old wounds opened again in front the cameras at the Europa Hotel two days before they enter the ring to do battle.

A war of words erupted between the boxers after Spanish fighter Martinez said he has come to Belfast to shut Frampton’s mouth.

But Frampton, from Tiger’s Bay, hit back with a stinging upper cut, telling Martinez: “We’ll see how strong you are when I’m hitting you on the chin.”

Twice before in the last 18 months Martinez has pulled out of the European Super Bantamweight contest.

However, Martinez didn’t blame himself, instead shifting the blame to internal issues in his camp for that.

“I’m here,” he told Frampton at the press conference on Thursday.

“It wasn’t my fault I wasn’t here the last time but I’m here now. I’ve come here to shut Frampton’s mouth once and for all.

“He’s talked too much and on Saturday I hope he comes to box and not to run.”

Frampton, who says he is in the best shape of his life under the mangership of former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan, said he isn’t running anywhere.

“We’ll see how strong you are when you get hit with the hardest punches you’ve been hit with in your life,” he replied.

“We’ll see if you want to run. I’ll stand in front of you and I’ll outbox you, outpunch you – do whatever you want.”

 

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