|Real name||Francisco Martinez Sanchez|
|Rated at||Super bantamweight|
|Born||28 November 1984
|Wins by KO||23|
Francisco Martinez Sanchez commonly known as Kiko Martinez (born 1984) is a Spanish professional boxer and current IBF super bantamweight World Champion. From April 15, 2011 he was the EBU Super bantamweight champion for the third time in his career until being stopped in the ninth round by Carl Frampton on February 9th, 2013. This was Martinez's first knockout defeat in his career. On August 17th, 2013, Kiko Martínez won by the way of KO the Superbantamweight World Title of IBF defeating Jonathan "Momo" Romero in the 6th round. On December 21st, 2013, Kiko defended the crown defeating Jeffrey Mathebula by knockout in the 9th round.
Martinez was born on 28 November 1984 in Elche, Spain.
Martinez 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".
Martinez turned professional and had his first pro fight in March 2005, which he won at La Cubierta Stadium, Leganés in Madrid beating David Casero by knockout in the third round on a card that included Javier Castillejo.
On 10 March 2006, Martinez faced Frenchman Salem Bouaita for his EBU European Union super bantamweight title at Pabellon de Elche in Spain. This was Martinez's first fight which went past four rounds and the fight went the full scheduled 10 rounds. Martinez was given a unanimous points win and won the title.
Bernard Dunne fight for the EBU title
The EBU made Martinez the mandatory challenger for Irish fighter, Bernard Dunne's European super bantamweight title.
Martinez 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 Martinez. However, Martinez 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 Martinez 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 Martinez would win in the first round.
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, Martinez failed to make the agreed weight and was 1.75 lb over the agreed weight.
Martinez 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.".
Kiko Martinez 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 Martinez 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.
The judges scorecards were as follows:
Martinez vs. Frampton
On February 9, 2013, Martinez 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 will fight 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.”
Professional boxing record
|31 Wins (23 knockouts, 8 decisions), 4 Losses (1 knockout, 3 decisions), 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Carl Frampton||N/A||- (12)||2014-09-06||Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Defending IBF Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||31–4||Hozumi Hasegawa||TKO||7 (12), 1:20||2014-04-23||Osaka-jō Hall, Osaka||Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||30–4||Jeffrey Mathebula||KO||9 (12), 2:05||2013-12-21||Pabellon Esperanza Lag, Elche, Valencian Community||Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||29–4||Jonatan Romero||TKO||6 (12), 2:40||2013-08-17||Revel Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Won IBF Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||28–4||Damian David Marchiano||TKO||2 (8), 1:41||2013-04-27||Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires||Won vacant WBC Latino Super Bantamweight title.|
|Loss||27–4||Carl Frampton||TKO||9 (12), 2:46||2013-02-09||Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland||Lost EBU Super Bantamweight title.
For IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title.
|Win||27–3||Dougie Curran||PTS||6||2012-07–21||Emerald Roadhouse, Finaghy Road North, Northern Ireland|
|Win||26–3||Arsen Martirosian||TKO||12 (12)||2012-03-09||Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon, Rhône||Retained EBU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||25–3||Jason Booth||KO||10 (12)||2011-04-15||Plaza de Toros La Cubierta, Leganés, Community of Madrid||Won vacant EBU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||24–3||Oscar Chacin||UD||6||2011-02-18||Daya Nueva, Valencian Community|
|Win||23–3||Arsen Martirosian||UD||12||2010-09-11||National Stadium, Dublin||Won vacant EBU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||22–3||Feliciano Dario Azuaga||TKO||3 (12)||2010-04-16||Valladolid, Castile and León||Won WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||21–3||Said Chichti||KO||1 (6)||2009-12-11||Daya Nueva, Valencian Community|
|Loss||20–3||Takalani Ndlovu||UD||12||2009-09-25||Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng||IBF Super Bantamweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||20–2||Rendall Munroe||UD||12||2009-02-27||Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley, South Yorkshire||For EBU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||20–1||Gheorghe Ghiompirica||PTS||6||2008-12-18||Dublin City University, Dublin|
|Win||19–1||Silviu Lupu||TKO||1 (10), 1:10||2008-08-12||Plaza de Toros, Benidorm, Valencian Community|
|Win||18–1||Lante Addy||PTS||8||2008-07-05||National Basketball Arena, Dublin|
|Loss||17–1||Rendall Munroe||MD||12||2008-03-07||Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire||Lost EBU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Bernard Dunne||TKO||1 (12), 1:26||2007-08-25||Point Theatre, Dublin||Won EBU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Andrei Florin||TKO||1 (8)||2007-03-18||Pabellon Municipal, Catral, Valencian Community|
|Win||15–0||Edison Torres||UD||8||2006-12-15||Dolores, Valencian Community|
|Win||14–0||John Bikai||PTS||12||2006-07-14||Alicante, Valencian Community||Retained EBU-EU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||13–0||Andrei Florin||TKO||3 (6)||2006-05-26||Dolores, Valencian Community|
|Win||12–0||Salem Bouaita||UD||10||2006-03-10||Pabellon de Elche, Elche, Valencian Community||Won EBU-EU Super Bantamweight title.|
|Win||11–0||Peter Baláž||KO||1 (6)||2005-11-25||Dolores, Valencian Community|
|Win||10–0||Manuel Sequera||KO||2 (6)||2005-10-14||Dolores, Valencian Community|
|Win||9–0||Manuel Gomes||KO||4 (12)||2005-07-15||Benidorm, Valencian Community|
|Win||8–0||Sergei Nikitin||TKO||2 (8)||2005-05-06||Alicante, Valencian Community|
|Win||7–0||Frederic Bonifai||TKO||2 (8)||2005-03-04||León, Castile and León|
|Win||6–0||Nikolai Mihailov||TKO||4 (6), 1:30||2005-02-04||Alcalá de Henares, Community of Madrid|
|Win||5–0||Julio Vargas||TKO||4 (6)||2004-11-19||Torrevieja, Valencian Community|
|Win||4–0||Juan Garcia Martin||TKO||3 (6)||2004-10-15||Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid|
|Win||3–0||Cristiano Andres Oliveira||KO||1 (4)||2004-09-10||Madrid, Community of Madrid|
|Win||2–0||Irimiea Ion||TKO||3 (4)||2004-07-24||Benidorm, Valencian Community|
|Win||1–0||David Casero||TKO||3 (4)||2004-06-11||Plaza de Toros La Cubierta, Leganés, Community of Madrid||Professional debut.|
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- Professional boxing record for Kiko Martínez from BoxRec
|EBU Super Bantamweight Champion
August 25, 2007 – March 7, 2008
Title last held byRendall Munroe
|EBU Super Bantamweight Champion
September 11, 2010 – October 2010
Title next held byWillie Casey
|IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
August 17, 2013 – present