30/08/2011 - 14.22.37



European Super-Bantamweight champion [Kiko Martinez] has withdrawn from his fight with [Carl Frampton] on September 10 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Carl Frampton

Martinez’s father was taken ill during the young Spaniard’s training camp and has since had his leg amputated. The 25-year-old left his base to spend time with his father, and as a result has pulled out of the fight on the undercard of [Paul McCloskey] vs [Breidis Prescott]. “Irish fight fans can be assured that Carl will remain on the bill,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “He has trained for a big fight and that’s exactly what we are going to deliver for him, and we hope to name his opponent within 48 hours.”

Carl Frampton's European title fight with Martinez off

Carl Frampton's fight for the European super-bantamweight title against Kiko Martinez in Belfast on 10 September is off after the Spaniard pulled out.
The champion has withdrawn from the Odyssey Arena showdown because his father is seriously ill.
Belfast fighter Frampton landed the title shot despite having had only 10 professional fights.
A possible replacement for Martinez is Limerick's Willie Casey, a former European title holder.
Casey relinquished the European belt before losing to Cuba's Guillermo Rigendoux in a WBA title fight in March.
Martinez's record includes a stunning first-round knockout of Bernard Dunne in August 2007.
The Spaniard is in his third stint as European champion.
Martinez knocked out Bernard Dunne in the first round of a European title fight in August 2007 but then lost the EBU belt when outpointed by Rendall Munroe the following March.
However, he regained the European belt in April when he knocked out Jason Booth in the 10th round in Madrid.
Frampton's planned bout will be the chief support fight to Paul McCloskey's contest with Breidis Prescott.