By Jack Sumner @Jack_Sumner_
Under the guidance of Irish featherweight hero Barry McGuigan and his trainer son Shane, Frampton has looked the real deal thus far in the paid ranks after a shining amateur career. He’s been looking better as he’s stepped up in levels and has shown a variety of aspects to his game. A tidy boxer-puncher with fast hands and a hurtful dig to the body, he’s ultimately a natural, versatile fighter.
Those looking for holes in his armoury might say he struggles to permeate the most watertight defences and it’s a fair argument that his chin is yet to be tested by a puncher of Martinez’s calibre. That said he’s yet to be hurt and coming forward clearly has confidence in his ability to take a punch. Then again, so does Martinez. This could become a real war.
Kiko is a wily, experienced campaigner who has a tight defence and Frampton could get frustrated, finding him difficult to hit if he tries to blast him out of there with ten-thousand drunken Irishman baying for Spanish blood. Carl can box clever though and that might be the best tactic to employ. It’s a tough fight and any win over Martinez will look good on the resumé, he hasn’t got to score a knockout.