SAN DIEGO, September 7, 2014 – Northern Ireland celebrated its first boxing champion in many years after Carl Frampton won a unanimous decision in his rematch with Spain’s Kiko Martinez to take Martinez’s IBF super bantamweight title in Belfast.
Sixteen thousand fans roared in an outdoor arena put up for the bout as Frampton pressured Martinez, who didn’t make it easy for the hometown favorite. Frampton turned the fight in the fifth round, first by opening a cut on Martinez, then knocking him down with a right similar to the punch that knockout Martinez out in their first meeting a year and a half ago. Unlike their previous fight, Martinez beat the count with ease. It was a turning point for Frampton who never looked back. Clearly winning a lopsided decision (final scores were 119-108, 119-108 and 118-111), Frampton never let up. If you missed it, see the bout here.
Frampton, 27, told the BBC after the fight winning the belt “was still sinking in,” and “you can’t beat an atmosphere in Belfast, it was so noisy.” Frampton is the first Northern Ireland man to win a global boxing title since Wayne McCullough made a second successful defense of his WBC bantamweight title in 1996.
Kell Brook recovering: British welterweight champion Kell Brook, an upset winner over Shawn Porter in August, was stabbed in the leg in a reported unprovoked attack after a night out on vacation in Tenerife, Canary Islands. The 28-year-old Brook is hospitalized in stable condition after surgery.
Brook issued a statement: “I’m devastated right now after being on such a high having achieved my dream of becoming world champion in Los Angeles last month. This is obviously a major setback but the thought of defending my title is what’s keeping me positive right now… make no mistake – I will be back.” Brook had hoped to defend his fresh IBF title in December, but promoter Eddie Hearn says this will be pushed back into 2015.
There is tremendous anticipation Brook will face fellow British fighter Amir Khan at Wembley Stadium in London, a blockbuster boxing event in the U.K. that should make fans across the pond in the U.S. plenty happy as well. Here’s hoping Brook’s injury does not prevent this from taking place.
‘Mexican Style’ selling fast: Tickets are selling like Kazakh hot cakes for the upcoming fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, California between middleweight super champion Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin and Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico on October 18, nicknamed “Mexican Style. It is Golovkin’s first fight on the West Coast near his training camp home in Big Bear. The card also features a dandy undercard fight between WBA lightweight champion Nonito “Filipinio Flash” Donaire and Nicholas Walters. Do everything short of robbing a bank if you’re a fan within driving distance or a quick flight to secure your seat now.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google
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