“If I didn’t think I could be champion, I wouldn’t be here,” he snapped. Kiko Martinez (42-10-2, 29 KO) after their last match. The 35-year-old from Elche dreams of touching gold again and is one step away from it again. This Wednesday, Matchroom announced a new opportunity for ‘The Sensation’. Kiko will travel to Sheffield (England), on November 13, to face Kid Galahad (28-1, 17 KO) for the IBF World Featherweight Championship.
Martinez last boxed in September. Following his controversial loss to Barrett in February, Kiko was hoping for a rematch. The death of the Englishman’s mother delayed the lawsuit and Matchroom offered him a fight so as not to lose preparation. Against a rival that did not help to show off, the Spanish won comfortably and showed that he was prepared for everything. Now, Galahad gives him the opportunity. The 31-year-old Englishman will face his first defense. After a careful career, Galahad played the IBF World Featherweight Championship in June 2019, when he lost to Josh Warrington. After a fight, and after that belt was vacant, the one from Sheffield was given the opportunity again. He beat Dickens in August this year and now intends to celebrate that belt with a defense in front of his audience.
The Spaniard last played a World Cup match in May 2019, when he fell in New York in front of Gary Russell. He came to that fight after proclaiming himself continental champion in his second division (super bantamweight and featherweight). Now, Kiko will try the same. Between 2013 and 2014 he was three times world champion in the super bantamweight and now it will try it on the pen. It will be the first time that Martínez will box for an IBF World Cup after losing an IBF belt to Frampton in 2014.