Junior featherweight contender Kiko Martinez is finally in a position to call the shots in his career after signing with middleweight champ Sergio Martinez’s promotional company and winning the IBF title. He faces mandatory challenger Jeffrey Mathebula on Saturday in Elche, Spain.
Kiko Martinez spoke to RingTV.com the day after his thrilling sixth-round TKO of Jhonatan Romero, which earned him the IBF 122-pound title. The new beltholder spoke about the upset victory, his recent loss to Carl Frampton, and about being in the same division as Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nonito Donaire.
Few thought Kiko Martinez would beat Jhonatan Romero, but he stopped the undefeated favorite to win the IBF 122-pound title. He says middleweight champ (and new manager) Sergio Martinez believed in him. “Sergio was one of the only people to call me after I lost to Carl Frampton, a low point in my life. Sergio told me it was going to get better. He’s an inspiration to me.”
British middleweight standout Darren Barker did not box as effectively as he wanted to during his rousing title bout with Daniel Geale but he refused to wilt when the going got tough and lifted the Aussie’s IBF title.
Relentless junior featherweight contender Kiko Martinez swarmed Jhonatan Romero en route to a hard-fought sixth-round stoppage to lift the previously unbeaten Colombian’s IBF title on Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J.
Undefeated junior featherweight titleholder Jhonatan Romero spoke to RingTV.com before he left for Atlantic City where he will defend his IBF belt against Kiko Martinez on Saturday in the co-featured bout to the Daniel Geale-Darren Barker fight on HBO. The classy Colombian boxer spoke about his tough upbringing.