Frampton wins the IBF title after masterclass display over
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.
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
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.
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.