Frampton Outpoints Martinez

By Matt McGrain on September 6, 2014
Frampton Outpoints Martinez
A fighter of Rigondeaux’s class will be far from intimidated by what Frampton did tonight.

This was the second time Frampton has defeated his fearsome foe, having stopped him in nine in early 2013…

Carl Frampton (now 19-0) epitomized both skill and courage tonight in Northern Ireland, outpointing the rugged and durable Spaniard Kiko Martinez (drops to 31-5) on all cards in a superb and competitive fight, something to be expected in a meeting between the #2 and #3 contenders in the junior-featherweight division. 

This was the second time Frampton has defeated his fearsome foe, having stopped him in nine in early 2013; since that time, Martinez has gone 4-0 with four knockouts, including defeats of Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan and Jeffrey Mathebula in Spain. Their rematch was anticipated.

Frampton’s status as a hero to his Northern Irish audience can hardly be overstated. His reception was rapturous, the reception to his victory even more so. The combat was staged in a purpose built stadium, named, in a fantastic indifference to history, the Titanic Quarter, just outside Belfast. Sixteen thousand rabid Northern Irishmen packed the rafters and roared on every Northern Irish punch, of which there were many.

Frampton had said that he expected Martinez to come for him directly, but Martinez opened cautiously allowing Frampton to box him from and just outside the range. Martinez tried to open up a bit in the second, but Frampton was moving beautifully, scoring with the jab, landing several narrow right hands to the ear and even outfighting Martinez on the one occasion the Spaniard got inside.

Dominating the third cleanly and clearly on the outside with a wide variety of weapons, Frampton continued to hold a modicum of control over his bulling foe even when they clashed in the pocket. Martinez landed a single punch of note, a left-hook that clipped the Belfast man’s jaw, but he held it well. Frampton seemed indifferent to the pressure Martinez managed to bring in the fourth, moving with genuine grace, his backfoot boxing now seemingly developed to the full. Martinez, now four rounds down on any cognitive scorecard also had a small cut by his left eye after a clash of heads ruled accidental by the referee. 

The fifth was torrid, Frampton slipping to his face in the opening seconds, Martinez attempting to punch him in the back of his head while he was down. A good right hand and a snappy jab looked momentarily to be bringing Martinez his first round on my card, but after landing a short hook to his man’s torso, he found himself on his haunches peering up at Frampton who had landed a peach of a counter right hand – the follow-up was untidy and the Spaniard escaped and emerged for the sixth clear-eyed. Frampton returned to his boxing, landing jabs and a beautiful straight right hand, the highlight the aforementioned with a straight left from a squarer stance tagged on. It was dominance.

Martinez likely landed a couple more than had been normal for him in the seventh as Frampton looked perhaps to rest a little, but it was only in the final seconds he stole the frame as he managed to pin Frampton the ropes and work his body. This pattern continued into the eighth as Frampton seemed to lose the second phase of his movement, letting Martinez into the pocket.

The ninth felt crucial, and Martinez set himself to work, his tail high, but Frampton met him with crisp punches, going backwards but fighting in spells, landing rights and lefts off the ropes. Despite looking harried and bleeding lightly from a cut over his right eye, Frampton began the painful process of reclaiming the box-seat, preventing a rush on the scorecards from the Spanish beltholder with sharp shots and mobility. 

He looked momentarily spent in the tenth though, bent forwards into Martinez rather than moving off allowing his opponent to feast on the body, losing a round big for the first time. His reaction to this setback was fabulous, turning in some brilliant boxing to win the eleventh

Clearly an Irish country mile ahead going into the twelfth, Frampton needed only to keep control of himself as the rugged, at times seemingly invulnerable Martinez drove forwards into his more skilled opponent providing pain and countering opportunities, both of which Frampton took. Summoning, from somewhere, a final reserve, Frampton crucified Martinez on the ropes and seemed just a desperate moment away from stopping his worthy opponent; he gassed, and the two men sailed to the final bell, both exhausted. 

As excellent a fight as such a wide decision ever can be, the judges saw it 119-110 twice and 118-111, a reasonable reflection of the combat although I prefer the closer card.

Ringside was representation of the divisions only legitimate champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux. A fighter of Rigondeaux’s class will be far from intimidated by what Frampton did here tonight, but nonetheless, the division unquestionably has a new number one contender.

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:30am, 09/07/2014

    There’s a good lad….it’s clear your mother didn’t raise a fool… Quigg’s the one…. to be sure…..forget Rigo…. just put it out of your mind altogether….let the bugger move up….and Santa Cruz let him fight Rico…. if he’s that froggy let him jump…..Donaire if he gets by Walters….now there’s a thought…..a scary one indeed because he probably hits twice as hard as Kiko.

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