Frampton to face Molitor after Martinez pulls out

Matchroom Boxing have today announced that Spain’s Kiko Martinez has pulled out of his clash with Carl Frampton on September 22nd at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena due to injury so the Canadian 2 time world Super-Bantamweight champ Steve Molitor takes his place.

This will be a tough test for the raising star Frampton who if he can do the business in front of his home crowd on the night will be catapulted into world title contention.

I love fighting across the pond,” said Molitor. “I’m four for four over there and plan on retaining that perfect record.

“I am excited about fighting Frampton. Although he is not a household name amongst the rest in my division, he is recognised as a future star. Scott Quigg, Kid Galahad, and Carl are all names that are trying to make a name for themselves in the 122lb division, but unfortunately none of them will be making it off the Molitor name.

“Although I am coming in off of Martinez stepping out, I have been training like a mad man for several months. I am not hungry, I am starving. Mr. Eddie Hearn, Mr. Barry McGuigan and Mr. Frampton, you have all the respect in the world from me. Stepping up against me as a two time IBF Champion of the World takes balls. I’d like to thank the Irish public in advance for coming out to the show and I have to tell them: Don’t blink, you’re going to love the fireworks!”

Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan welcomed the news that Molitor stepped in for the fight and believes that the Canadian could be an even more dangerous proposition for his hot prospect.

“Steve has boxed at a higher level than Kiko so this is a much tougher fight for Carl – but the kind of fight we want him to be in,” said McGuigan. “We could’ve looked further down the list of opponents and taken an easier fight but Carl wants to operate at World level and Molitor is certainly there.

“Most importantly we’ve replaced one great fight with another so the Belfast fans are still going to see an incredible night of boxing topped by a brilliant main event – one that is possibly even more exciting that the Martinez fight and that’s what the fans deserve to see, Carl fighting a World class operator.

The bill is being televised live on Sky Sports on the night or for tickets call Odyssey Arena box office on 028 9073 9074.

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