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Kiko Martínez

Kiko Martínez Spanish boxer

Spanish boxer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Spanish boxer
A.K.A. Kiko Martinez
Is Athlete Boxer
From Spain
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 28 November 1986, Alicante, Alacantí, Alicante Province, Valencian Country
Age: 33 years
The details

Francisco "Kiko" Martínez Sánchez (born 7 March 1986) is a Spanish professional boxer. He held the IBF super-bantamweight title from 2013 to 2014, and the European super-bantamweight title three times between 2007 and 2013.

Amateur career

Martínez fought extensively as an amateur. He fought 40 amateur bouts and never lost, with 38 of those victories being by knockout. Martinez stated that he "could have gone to the Olympics – the Spanish amateur boxing association wanted me to sign a four-year contract but I wanted to turn professional".

Professional career

Martínez turned professional on 11 June 2004, defeating David Casero by knockout in the third round on a card that included Javier Castillejo.

Martínez went on to win all of his first 11 fights with each victory coming via a knockout within four rounds.

European super-bantamweight champion

On 10 March 2006, Martínez faced Frenchman Salem Bouaita for his EBU European Union super bantamweight title at Pabellón de Elche in Spain. This was Martinez's first fight which went past four rounds and the fight went the full scheduled 10 rounds. Martínez was given a unanimous points win and won the title.

Martínez won a further four fights and became the mandatory challenger European super bantamweight title.

Martínez vs. Dunne

The EBU made Martinez the mandatory challenger for Irish fighter, Bernard Dunne's European super bantamweight title.

Martínez and Dunne clashed on 25 August 2007 at the Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland. This was Martinez's first fight outside of Spain and despite being the challenger he was confident of victory. Martinez stated before the fight that he "might be a little shorter than Bernard bit I'm 5 foot 4 inches of a headache for him".

On the night of the fight the Point Depot filled with expectant Irish boxing fans and the fight was beamed live on RTÉ, the Irish national television broadcaster. The fight started with Dunne keeping his guard low and circling Martínez. However, Martínez quickly had Dunne on the canvas with an overhand right. Dunne appeared stunned and unaware of what had happened. Dunne beat the count but was floored twice more before the referee stopped the fight within only 90 seconds of round one.

The Martínez camp stated that they knew there would be a first round victory and that many of them had placed bets worth thousands of pounds with Irish bookmakers at odds of 66/1 that Martínez would win in the first round.


Martínez had signed to fight another Irishman, the Las Vegas-based former WBC bantamweight champion, Wayne McCullough at Belfast's Kings Hall on 1 December 2007.

McCullough had not fought for over two years and the Kings Hall venue was sold out for the fight. It was agreed that the non-title fight would take place at 8 st 12 lb mark. However, on the day before the fight there was uproar during the weigh-in and the fight was cancelled amid chaotic scenes. McCullough had already contracted to fight at 2 lb over the 8 st 10 lb championship weight and he weighed in at 8 st 9 lb. However, Martínez failed to make the agreed weight and was 1.75 lb over the agreed weight.

Martínez was given a couple of hours to shed the excess weight, but did not return to weigh in again and the scales were closed by a BBBofC official. A furious McCullough stated "I couldn't believe it. He comes in over the weight and then after being asked to take it off he just sits there and does nothing. I just can't believe what has happened. I was ready to fight and ready to win and he comes in that much over the weight.".

First loss

Kiko Martínez made his first defence of the EBU super bantamweight title against Rendall Munroe; a title he had successfully taken from Bernard Dunne in August 2007. The fight against Munroe took place at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre, Nottingham on 7 March 2008.

The fight turned out to be fairly uneventful as Munroe countered Martínez by blocking and counterpunching, without ever troubling the champion. While Martinez failed to land the big shots that had seen him stop Bernard Dunne. The fight went the full 12 rounds, with Munroe winning by a majority points decision.

Martínez vs. Frampton

On February 9, 2013, Martínez faced Carl Frampton in front of Frampton's home fans in the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Martinez lost by TKO in Round 9 losing the European Super-bantamweight title. Carl Frampton and Kiko fought again in September 2014 in Northern Ireland.

“Since the 9th of February 2013, when I get up at five in the morning to go training, I remember him. For me, to defeat him is a greater motivation than the chance to unify the belts," said Martinez.

"I will never forget that night and I will prove that it was just a bad day for me. I am world champion now and my legacy will be bigger for facing Carl Frampton.”

IBF super-bantamweight champion

On 17 August 2013 in New Jersey, Martínez beat Jonatan Romero by TKO to win the IBF Super Bantamweight title.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
44 fights 36 wins 7 losses
By knockout 26 3
By decision 10 4
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
45 N/A N/A United Kingdom Josh Warrington N/A – (12) 13 May 2017 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England For WBC International featherweight title
44 Win 36–7–1 Nicaragua Leonel Hernandez PTS 8 25 Nov 2016 Spain Palacio de los Deportes, Gijón, Spain
43 Draw 35–7–1 Nicaragua Eusebio Osejo SD 8 23 Jul 2016 Spain Palacio de Deportes, Benidorm, Spain
42 Loss 35–7 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz TKO 5 (12), 2:09 27 Feb 2016 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California, US For WBA (Super) featherweight title
41 Win 35–6 Honduras Miguel Gonzalez TKO 4 (8) 12 Dec 2015 Spain Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
40 Win 34–6 Nicaragua Everth Briceno UD 8 14 Nov 2015 Spain Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas, Spain
39 Win 33–6 Nicaragua Herald Molina KO 1 (8) 23 Oct 2015 Spain Pabellón Pilar Fernández Valderrama, Valladolid, Spain
38 Loss 32–6 United Kingdom Scott Quigg TKO 2 (12), 1:02 18 Jul 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For WBA (Regular) super-bantamweight title
37 Win 32–5 Georgia (country) George Gachechiladze TKO 2 (8) 12 Dec 2014 Spain Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Spain
36 Loss 31–5 United Kingdom Carl Frampton UD 12 6 Sep 2014 United Kingdom Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland Lost IBF super-bantamweight title
35 Win 31–4 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa TKO 7 (12), 1:20 23 Apr 2014 Japan Osaka-jō Hall, Osaka, Japan Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
34 Win 30–4 South Africa Jeffrey Mathebula KO 9 (12), 2:05 21 Dec 2013 Spain Pabellón Esperanza Lag, Elche, Spain Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
33 Win 29–4 Colombia Jonatan Romero TKO 6 (12), 2:40 17 Aug 2013 United States Revel Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Won IBF super-bantamweight title
32 Win 28–4 Argentina Damian David Mariano TKO 2 (8), 1:41 27 Apr 2013 Argentina José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina Won vacant WBC Latino super-bantamweight title
31 Loss 27–4 United Kingdom Carl Frampton TKO 9 (12), 2:46 9 Feb 2013 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Lost European super-bantamweight title;
For IBF Inter-Continental super-bantamweight title
30 Win 27–3 United Kingdom Dougie Curran PTS 6 21 Jul 2012 United Kingdom The Emerald Roadhouse, Belfast, Northern Ireland
29 Win 26–3 Armenia Arsen Martirosian TKO 12 (12) 9 Mar 2012 France Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon, France Retained European super-bantamweight title
28 Win 25–3 United Kingdom Jason Booth KO 10 (12) 15 Apr 2011 Spain La Cubierta, Leganés, Spain Won vacant European super-bantamweight title
27 Win 24–3 Venezuela Oscar Chacin UD 6 18 Feb 2011 Spain Daya Nueva, Spain
26 Win 23–3 Armenia Arsen Martirosian UD 12 11 Sep 2010 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland Won vacant European super-bantamweight title
25 Win 22–3 Paraguay Feliciano Dario Azuaga TKO 3 (12) 16 Apr 2010 Spain Valladolid, Spain Won vacant WBO Latino interim super-bantamweight title
24 Win 21–3 Morocco Said Chichti KO 1 (6) 11 Dec 2009 Spain Daya Nueva, Spain
23 Loss 20–3 South Africa Takalani Ndlovu UD 12 25 Sep 2009 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
22 Loss 20–2 United Kingdom Rendall Munroe UD 12 27 Feb 2009 United Kingdom Metrodome, Barnsley, England For European super-bantamweight title
21 Win 20–1 Romania Gheorghe Ghiompirica PTS 6 18 Dec 2008 Republic of Ireland City University, Dublin, Ireland
20 Win 19–1 Romania Silviu Lupu TKO 1 (10), 1:10 12 Aug 2008 Spain Plaza de Toros, Benidorm, Spain
19 Win 18–1 Ghana Lante Addy PTS 8 5 Jul 2008 Republic of Ireland National Basketball Arena, Dublin, Ireland
18 Loss 17–1 United Kingdom Rendall Munroe MD 12 7 Mar 2008 United Kingdom Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham, England Lost European super-bantamweight title
17 Win 17–0 Republic of Ireland Bernard Dunne TKO 1 (12), 1:26 25 Aug 2007 Republic of Ireland Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland Won European super-bantamweight title
16 Win 16–0 Romania Andrei Florin TKO 1 (8) 18 Mar 2007 Spain Polideportivo Municipal, Catral, Spain
15 Win 15–0 Venezuela Edison Torres UD 8 15 Dec 2006 Spain Dolores, Spain
14 Win 14–0 France John Bikai PTS 12 14 Jul 2006 Spain Alicante, Spain Retained European Union super-bantamweight title
13 Win 13–0 Romania Andrei Florin TKO 3 (6) 26 May 2006 Spain Dolores, Spain
12 Win 12–0 France Salem Bouaita UD 10 10 Mar 2006 Spain Pabellón, Elche, Spain Won European Union super-bantamweight title
11 Win 11–0 Slovakia Peter Baláž KO 1 (6) 25 Nov 2005 Spain Dolores, Spain
10 Win 10–0 Spain Manuel Sequera KO 2 (6) 14 Oct 2005 Spain Dolores, Spain
9 Win 9–0 Angola Manuel Gomes KO 4 (12) 15 Jul 2005 Spain Benidorm, Spain Won Transcontinental World Boxing Association super-bantamweight title
8 Win 8–0 Belarus Sergei Nikitin TKO 2 (8) 6 May 2005 Spain Alicante, Spain
7 Win 7–0 France Frederic Bonifai TKO 2 (8) 4 Mar 2005 Spain León, Spain
6 Win 6–0 Bulgaria Nikolai Mihailov TKO 4 (6) 4 Feb 2005 Spain Alcalá de Henares, Spain
5 Win 5–0 Spain Julio Vargas TKO 4 (6) 19 Nov 2004 Spain Torrevieja, Spain
4 Win 4–0 Spain Juan Garcia Martin TKO 3 (6) 15 Oct 2004 Spain Madrid, Spain
3 Win 3–0 Angola Cristiano Andres Oliveira KO 1 (4) 10 Sep 2004 Spain Madrid, Spain
2 Win 2–0 Romania Irimiea Ion TKO 3 (4) 24 Jul 2004 Spain Benidorm, Spain
1 Win 1–0 Spain David Casero TKO 3 (4) 11 Jun 2004 Spain La Cubierta, Leganés, Spain Professional debut
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