Some rematches make all the sense in the world, others not so much. The Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KO) vs. Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KO) re-up falls somewhere in the middle. The two men will do battle once again Saturday in Frampton's hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Frampton and Martinez fought in February 2013 and the 27-year-old Northern Irishman stopped Martinez in the ninth round. Martinez had some moments early in the fight with power punches, but Frampton was out-boxing him even before he landed the decisive blow that ended the fight.
This time, Martinez's IBF super bantamweight title will be on the line.
While it's understandable that Frampton would be chasing the belt, facing a man he just stopped the previous year seems a bit odd.
If Frampton can repeat his performance from the first fight, it will be the first world title for him in his career. Obviously, Martinez is intent upon keeping the championship around his waist, and is looking to avenge last year's loss.
big shout out @RealCFrampton. good luck on ya fight carl go do it— Tyson Luke Fury (@Tyson_Fury) September 3, 2014
Who wins? Here's how you can watch.
When: Saturday, Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Titanic Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Live Stream: Livesport.TV (subscription required)
Ever since Frampton made his professional debut in 2009, fans and experts have imagined the day when he would fight for a world title. The time has come and there has to be increased confidence that The Jackal will take advantage of his opportunity.
How often does a fighter like Frampton get a chance to fight a guy he's already knocked out for his first title? That isn't a very common occurrence. It's a clear advantage for The Jackal and the result of careful matchmaking and career pacing.
Frampton has been brought along slowly by Irish boxing legend and promoter Barry McGuigan. At times, it may have seemed as if Frampton was being coddled, but as he sits on the cusp of boxing glory, no one will be able to criticize him or his team if he wins Saturday.
It's fair to say that if a guy knocks you out, he may not be your best friend afterward. Even with that understanding, Martinez's apparent disdain for Frampton is on another level.
Perhaps in addition to feeling a bit salty about his KO loss last year, Martinez resents the fanfare and attention Frampton has received early in his career. Martinez certainly didn't get the same type of start to his boxing journey.
Early in his career, he was fighting over five fights per year in small gymnasiums in Spain. You would have to have been a local to be aware of him. Needless to say, the road for Martinez has been much less glamorous than it has been for Frampton.
Since losing to The Jackal, Martinez hasn't missed a beat. He's scored four stoppage wins in all, and that includes beating previously undefeated champion Jhonatan Romero for the IBF crown. Before the loss to Frampton, Martinez hadn't been beaten since 2009, and he'd never been stopped.
The defeat has seemingly bruised the proud Spaniard's pride.
With all these details in place, he is champing at the bit for another shot at Frampton. On Saturday, he'll get his second chance.
Martinez will come out looking to rough Frampton up from the beginning. The champion knows he can't box with The Jackal, so his only chance is to make it a sloppy slugfest.
As we saw in the first fight, Frampton's chin is solid. Martinez landed some solid shots and Frampton's face showed the wear and tear, but he was never really hurt. Martinez isn't going to hit him with one shot and make him go away.
Because Frampton has already faced Martinez once—and been victorious—his confidence will be sky high.
He's too smart to be overconfident, but he knows he's seen everything Martinez has to offer. The champion isn't the type of fighter who is going to come in with a different game plan.
With speed, technical precision and movement, Frampton will confuse Martinez, take even less punishment than he did in the first fight, and win an easy unanimous decision.
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