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Crunch time for Kiko and Jackal

The only knock-out Kiko Martinez has suffered in his career was inflicted by Carl Frampton.

We're just a week away from a testing re-match between the two men who've both held the European super bantamweight title. But this time there's a bigger prize at stake.

Since Frampton stopped Martinez in February of last year, the Spanish fighter has won and defended the world title.

I ask him if the first Frampton fight, his only loss by KO, was the toughest of his career.

"Maybe it was the hardest in my life," Martinez replies.

"It was a bad time in my personal life and all the things around the fight made it the hardest. But this time will be different.

"I'm a more complete person now. I'm mentally stronger. I'm ready."

The IBF world super bantamweight title fight will be a bigger event than the sold-out Frampton-Martinez fight at the Odyssey.

With a world title at stake, neither man wants to lose.

"Knowing I'm the champion is everything for me," says Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs).

"I'm going to give it everything and when I win I'll offer Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) another opportunity to fight.

"We should have a trilogy."

Frampton isn't buying the hype. "The first fight is in the past," he says. "This is a new confident Kiko.

"I'm expecting the toughest fight of career. Although I won the first fight, I don't like watching it," says Frampton.

""Because I see many mistakes I made. But I've learned from them and I know everything about Kiko now.

"He's a hard man. But I'm more prepared this time."

Saturday's Frampton-Martinez fight will be screened by BoxNation


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