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Frampton vs Martinez: Fighters get heated at final press conference

Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez turned up the heat at their final press conference ahead of Saturday's European title fight in Belfast.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez have been on a collision course for some time now, and as they are now just two days away from finally meeting for Martinez's European super bantamweight title on Frampton's turf in Belfast, the two got together for their final press conference, and exchanged some heated words leading into their bout.

After Frampton made a joke about Martinez losing his title the same way he's losing his hair, the Spaniard responded, "I've come here because Frampton was too scared to come to Spain. I've come here to shut Frampton's mouth once and for all, he's talked too much and I hope that on Saturday he comes to fight and not to run."

Martinez (27-3, 19 KO) says that Frampton refused to fight away from home.

"Frampton didn't want to leave Belfast for anything. I have always fought away and that shows that I am not a coward like they say I am. We're not scared to go anywhere and I never have been. They are trying to sell in Belfast something that doesn't exist - Carl Frampton is not a good boxer.

"He and his team know that I am a lot stronger than anyone he's met and you should all know that. I am not one of the bodies he's had to face. I am properly prepared mentally and physically with a champion's mentality, which is what I am."

After the press conference, Frampton (15-0, 10 KO) said he believes that Martinez is struggling to make weight.

"He's struggling at the weight, he looks gaunt and that might be why he was a bit touchy and he said what he said, but talk is cheap and we'll see on Saturday if he can back it up.

"I think he's a desperate man and he's trying to force me into a fight. I think he's underestimating how good I can fight up close - I can outfight him, I can outbox him, I can do whatever I want to win the fight. I'm predicting a win and maybe even a possible stoppage win, to be the first guy to stop him would be great."

The 25-year-old prospect, rising fast in the 122-pound division, says he'll take the fight as it comes to him.

"I'll fight how I want to fight, I'm not stupid. I can judge a fight after the first round and I'll know what to do best to get the win."

BLH will have live coverage of Frampton vs Martinez live on Saturday at 3 pm EST, airing on Sky Sports in the UK.

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