Kiko Martinez is one of only three men to have shared the ring with both Scott Quigg and Carl Frampton, therefore his opinion on the outcome of the fast-approaching super-bantamweight showdown holds more weight than most.
The Spanish puncher has a big fight of his own to worry about on February 27th, as he takes on highly-regarded Mexican featherweight Leo Santa Cruz in California, but he recently spoke to Sky Sports about who he feels will emerge victorious in the battle of his former foes.
Martinez fought Frampton on two occasions, losing the first fight via 9th round TKO and the second by unanimous over the full distance. More recently, in July of 2015, Quigg managed to get rid of the veteran in just the 2nd session.
Though Quigg was more efficient in dispatching of “La Sensación”, the well-travelled former alphabet titleholder believes that Frampton will overcome his Bury rival. Perhaps Kiko feels that he learned more about the Northern Irishman due to the prolonged nature of their battles, as he stated that Frampton was the more well-rounded of the two.
“Frampton will win against Quigg,” said Martinez. “He’s the more complete boxer. He is stronger as well”.
Martinez added that while he prefers life as a featherweight, he would like the opportunity to climb back in the ring with either Frampton or Quigg in the future.
“I would like to stay at this weight because I feel much stronger. But I would definitely love a rematch with Frampton or Quigg”.
Were Martinez to cause the upset against “El Terremoto”, each of those wishes would have a much greater chance of coming to fruition.
With featherweight a likely future destination for both Frampton and Quigg, Martinez would become an attractive option, for either the winner or the loser, as a debut opponent at 126lbs if he secured the relevance boosting victory.