Carl Frampton Vs Kiko Martinez – 9th February 2013

Location – Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

EBU (European) super bantamweight title

IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight title

Frampton goes in against European Champ Kiko Martinez with the winner set to be propelled into a chance to fight for a world title so there is alot riding on this fight for both fighters.

I believe this is a fight where Frampton holds the tools, speed, physical strength and lateral movement if he utilises these tools correctly he should be able to outbox Kiko Martinez. Frampton is a legit prospect he destoyed former world champ Steve Molitor in his last bout and although Molitor was past his best, the performance and they way he done it was still top draw.

However aslong as Martinez is in there he will be dangerous for Frampton, hes a game opponent with underrated counter punching skills and a pair of heavy hitters, hes durable and can take a shot, he lost twice to a much better Rendall Munroe than we saw against Scott Quigg in 2008 and 2009 but ran Munroe close in the first bout, he has also lost to world champion Takalani Ndlovu, most notably though he blew Bernard Dunne out in the first round back in 2007, since those fights though he has more experience and is probably a better fighter.

I believe Framptons easiest route out is to get Martinez out early, and i know it appears i am clearly stating the obvious, which i am, i mean it in the sense the longer the fight goes on the more i believe Martinez will grow into it and the more dangerous he will become, this is most definitely a fight i can see going wrong for Frampton if he switches off for a period.

Looking at the market and its hard to see much value, Frampton to get the stoppage is around evens and the decision 13/8 i dont find either play really appealing, I think the value may sit with Martinez hes 5/1 and Framptons chin is yet to be fully tested.

Those of you who got on the ARB posted earlier this week and locked in £100 profit on this fight i would look at investing a small part of it with £20 on Martinez at 5’s at Pinnacle, if you didnt, pass the fight up as i dont believe it offers a great betting opportunity , there is a chance this fight could go wrong for Frampton, however more than likely Frampton will have too much speed on Kiko and that alone will be enough if he uses it correctly and boxes intelligent and more probable than not i think he will.

ATR’s Bet £20 on Kiko Martinez 5/1 Pinnacle