By Staff Reporter

Titanic slipways will be the venue for the IBF World Super Bantamweight Title fight between Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez.
The venue was announced on Tuesday at a press conference in the Titanic Centre in Belfast for the September 6 fight.
Organisers will hope he re-match between the two rivals will be a repeat of the pulsating battle between the two fighters for the European title last year.
The Ulsterman saw off Martinez with a ninth-round stoppage in February 2013 to take the European crown.
However, Frampton claims that he does not look back fondly on his victory over Kiko due to the ‘mistakes’ he made that night.
“People say that fight was one of my best performances,” said Frampton.
“But I don’t like watching that fight. I made so many mistakes. I’ve learnt from them. I know Kiko and I know how he fights. I’ve been there before and dealt with it.”
Following defeat to Frampton, the ‘Spanish bull’ went on to win the IBF world belt and make two successful defences, overcoming Jeffrey Mathebula and most recently Hozumi Hazegawa in May.
‘The Jackal’ has earned this title shot following his win in the title eliminator with Hugo Cazares in April – his 18th win from as many career fights.
With Martinez seeking to make amends for his KO defeat against Frampton, the Belfast man is not taking anything for granted in what will be another tough fight for him.
“The first fight was close. I’m expecting it to be a tough fight again,” he said.
“I think Kiko has improved as a fighter and I know I have definitely improved too. I have to give Kiko a lot of respect for coming back to Belfast. I’m not going to take anything for granted.
“I respect everything he has done in the game. He’s a hard man, but I know I’m going to win this fight. I feel it is my time to become world champion.
“I’ve been more than ready for this fight for a long time and it’s my time to take the title and keep it for a long time to come,” he said.
Barry McGuigan, who manages the 27 year-old Belfast boxer insists that his young star copes best under pressure and that he will relish this massive occasion in September.
“This boy loves pressure. He thrives under pressure and that’s what is so unique about this kid,” he said.
The 2010 Irish Boxing prospect of the year has emerged as one of the best 122-pound fighters in the world and admits there will always be pressure on him.
“There’s a lot of pressure on me. There has been pretty much since the start of my career when Barry said he believed I was going to be a world champion,” said Carl
“There will be a massive crowd on the night and I know that I’m under pressure with people expecting me to win. I fight best under pressure, but I know it will be a tough night.”
Kiko Martinez insists that he has improved since his last encounter with Frampton and the 28 year-old believes he owes his family and his people for a ‘bad night’ in Belfast last time out.
“I’m very happy with this opportunity and we will give the best fight Ireland has ever had,” said Martinez.
“I think that last time I was here, I had a bad night. I’m stronger and I think my defense and physical shape has improved.
“It’s not revenge. This is the challenge that I have and I owe my family and my people.”
Cyclone Promotions CEO, Barry McGuigan said he was ‘excited’ about what he promises to be a ‘spectacular’ sporting occasion for Belfast.
“I think it’s fair to say, this fight is breaking new ground. It’s a huge event and a really fantastic occasion for us,” said the Clones native.
“I must thank the First Minister (Peter Robinson) and Deputy First Minister (Martin McGuinness) and the Executive for their support, because without it this event could not happen.
“We believe it’s going to be the biggest audience of all time in Northern Ireland boxing history. It’s a spectacular venue, just in the shadows of the H&W cranes.
“It’s an historic occasion. We have never had anything like this before. We hope to bring the atmosphere we had in the Odyssey Arena, 300 yards across to the Titanic slipway”.
Tickets for the September 6 showdown are on sale this Saturday from www.ticketmaster.ie. They are priced at £40, £70, £100 and Premium tickets for £150.
For VIP packages, please contact Cyclone Promotions or visit www.cyclonepromotions.com.

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