Martinez vs Frampton

Kiko Martinez Carl Frampton

Martinez Frampton

Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland

06 September 2014, 19:00:00

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The IBF World Super-Bantamweight Championship

Frampton wins the IBF title after masterclass display over Martinez

Carl Frampton put on a masterclass to beat Kiko Martinez for the second time in his career and secure his first world title on an electric night in Belfast.

Frampton v Martinez

The 16,000 sell out crowd roared the hometown hero onto victory, and the 27-year-old Frampton well and truly rose to the occasion. He knocked down the gritty Spaniard in the fifth round with a chopping right hand to the jaw line, which was one of a number of highlights that the Belfast fighter enjoyed during a thrilling 12 rounds.

Frampton bossed the early exchanges, leading to the fifth round knockdown. However, the travelling IBF World Super-Bantamweight champion recovered well from the knockdown and rallied to have his best rounds in the middle part of the fight.

The unbeaten challenger soaked up the pressure well, and constantly reminded Martinez of his threat as he winged in right hands, capitalising on a cut over Martinez's left eye caused by an early clash of heads.

Into the championship rounds, and it was clear that Martinez needed the stoppage if he was to leave the raucous Titanic Quarter arena with his IBF title in tact.

Frampton celebrates

The final bell was met with a huge roar as the new IBF World Super-Bantamweight Champion was held aloft in the ring, with the scorecards coming back 119-108, 119-108, 118-111 all in favour of Belfast hero Frampton. 

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