Carl Frampton Vs Kiko Martinez – Preview, prediction and betting recommendation


Carl Frampton Vs Kiko Martinez 

Preview, prediction and betting recommendation 

Carl Frampton looks to win his first world title in front of his home crowd in Belfast against a man he knocked out 18 months ago, Spaniard Kiko Martinez.

The stage looks set for The Jackal to be crowned a world champion in Belfast this weekend. 

However I certainly do not see this as a formality for Frampton and the Belfast crowd this weekend, while past omens look promising both fighters have improved since the first fight and Martinez has recently looked a possessed animal against high class opposition. 

The Spaniard will be coming in full of confidence and looking to avenge, and I believe he is very much a live dog in this one, but the dog he is.

In the first fight Frampton swept the early rounds and showed the necessary chin and toughness required, but Martinez was warming to the task and growing into the fight and at the time of the stoppage Martinez was still in the fight on my card, albeit only just. 

Martinez does not have a lot of technique to go with his high work rate but the best success he had against Frampton in the first fight was when he seemed to put thought into his attacks and timed when to let his hands go rather then bulling straight in, when he did this he landed his biggest shots and hurt Frampton on a couple of occasions.

However Frampton always responded, and answered a lot of questions that night. 

Frampton’s classy technique and ring smarts were causing havoc for Martinez early in the first fight as Carl walked him into counter after counter, landing combination after combination and If Martinez comes out like a bull in a china shop with absolutely no thought,  its not beyond doubt Frampton can put the Spaniard to bed early. 

If I was to make a prediction I would predict Frampton by late stoppage or a competitive decision, but Predictions don’t necessarily make me long term profit from the sportsbooks, for that I believe I must look for value in my plays and for Martinez at 4/1 as a live dog is a no brainer for me, that price has to be played. 

If Martinez rocks Frampton he wont let him go, in the first fight the further the fight went the more Framptons hands lowered and Martinez was missing some big shots by whiskers , if he can turn this into a war of attrition and put more thought and timing into his attacks and aggression, I give him a good shot. 

But ultimately I think an ever improving Carl Frampton will simply be too classy and smart for Martinez but I just can’t back the man at 1/4.

Boxing Tipster’s Bet: £25 on Kiko Martinez at 4/1 Bet365