Kiko Martínez

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Kiko Martínez
Real name Francisco Martínez Sanchez
Nickname(s) La Sensación ("The Sensation")
Rated at Super bantamweight
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Reach 168 cm (66 in)
Nationality Spanish
Born (1986-03-07) 7 March 1986 (age 30)
Elche, Baix Vinalopó, Alicante, Spain
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 35
Wins by KO 26
Losses 7

Francisco "Kiko" Martínez Sanchez (born 7 March 1986) is a Spanish professional boxer.[1] He is a former IBF and three-time European super bantamweight champion.


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".[2]

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.[1]

Martinez went on to win all of his first 11 fights with each victory coming via a knockout within four rounds.[1]

European titles[edit]

EBU title[edit]

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.[1]

Martinez won a further four fights and became the mandatory challenger European super bantamweight title.[1]

Bernard Dunne fight for the EBU title[edit]

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".[1][2]

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.[3][4][5][6]

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.[4][5][6][7][8]


Martinez 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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[9]

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.".[9][10]

First loss[edit]

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.[11]

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:

Franco Ciminale: 113–115
Freddy Rafn Christensen: 113–115
Esa Lehtosaari: 114–114 [1][11]

Martinez vs. Frampton[edit]

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.[12] 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.”

World Champion[edit]

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

Professional boxing record[edit]

42 fights, 35 wins (26 knockouts), 7 losses[1]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 35–7 Mexico Léo Santa Cruz TKO 5 (12), 2:09 2016-02-27 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California For WBA (Super) Featherweight title.
Win 35–6 Honduras Miguel Gonzalez TKO 4 (8) 2015-12-12 Spain Palau Olímpic Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Catalonia
Win 34–6 Nicaragua Everth Briceno UD 8 2015-11-14 Spain Gran Canaria Arena, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Win 33–6 Nicaragua Herald Molina KO 1 (8) 2015-10-23 Spain Pabellón Pilar Fernández Valderrama, Valladolid, Castile and León
Loss 32–6 United Kingdom Scott Quigg TKO 2 (12), 1:04 2015-07-18 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester For WBA (Regular) Super Bantamweight title.
Win 32–5 Georgia (country) George Gachechiladze TKO 2 (8) 2014-12-12 Spain Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebron, Barcelona, Catalonia
Loss 31–5 United Kingdom Carl Frampton UD 12 2014-09-06 United Kingdom Titanic Quarter, Belfast, Northern Ireland Lost IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win 31–4 Japan Hozumi Hasegawa TKO 7 (12), 1:20 2014-04-23 Japan Osaka-jō Hall, Osaka Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win 30–4 South Africa Jeffrey Mathebula KO 9 (12), 2:05 2013-12-21 Spain Pabellon Esperanza Lag, Elche, Valencian Community Retained IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win 29–4 Colombia Jonatan Romero TKO 6 (12), 2:40 2013-08-17 United States Revel Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won IBF Super Bantamweight title.
Win 28–4 Argentina Damian David Marchiano TKO 2 (8), 1:41 2013-04-27 Argentina Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires Won vacant WBC Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Loss 27–4 United Kingdom Carl Frampton TKO 9 (12), 2:46 2013-02-09 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland Lost EBU Super Bantamweight title.
For IBF Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight title.
Win 27–3 United Kingdom Dougie Curran PTS 6 2012-07–21 United Kingdom Emerald Roadhouse, Finaghy Road North, Northern Ireland
Win 26–3 Armenia Arsen Martirosian TKO 12 (12) 2012-03-09 France Palais des Sports de Gerland, Lyon, Rhône Retained EBU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 25–3 United Kingdom Jason Booth KO 10 (12) 2011-04-15 Spain Plaza de Toros La Cubierta, Leganés, Community of Madrid Won vacant EBU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 24–3 Venezuela Oscar Chacin UD 6 2011-02-18 Spain Daya Nueva, Valencian Community
Win 23–3 Armenia Arsen Martirosian UD 12 2010-09-11 Republic of Ireland National Stadium, Dublin Won vacant EBU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 22–3 Paraguay Feliciano Dario Azuaga TKO 3 (12) 2010-04-16 Spain Valladolid, Castile and León Won WBO Latino Super Bantamweight title.
Win 21–3 Morocco Said Chichti KO 1 (6) 2009-12-11 Spain Daya Nueva, Valencian Community
Loss 20–3 South Africa Takalani Ndlovu UD 12 2009-09-25 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng IBF Super Bantamweight title eliminator.
Loss 20–2 United Kingdom Rendall Munroe UD 12 2009-02-27 United Kingdom Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley, South Yorkshire For EBU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 20–1 Romania Gheorghe Ghiompirica PTS 6 2008-12-18 Republic of Ireland Dublin City University, Dublin
Win 19–1 Romania Silviu Lupu TKO 1 (10), 1:10 2008-08-12 Spain Plaza de Toros, Benidorm, Valencian Community
Win 18–1 Ghana Lante Addy PTS 8 2008-07-05 Republic of Ireland National Basketball Arena, Dublin
Loss 17–1 United Kingdom Rendall Munroe MD 12 2008-03-07 United Kingdom Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire Lost EBU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 17–0 Republic of Ireland Bernard Dunne TKO 1 (12), 1:26 2007-08-25 Republic of Ireland Point Theatre, Dublin Won EBU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 16–0 Romania Andrei Florin TKO 1 (8) 2007-03-18 Spain Pabellon Municipal, Catral, Valencian Community
Win 15–0 Venezuela Edison Torres UD 8 2006-12-15 Spain Dolores, Valencian Community
Win 14–0 France John Bikai PTS 12 2006-07-14 Spain Alicante, Valencian Community Retained EBU-EU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 13–0 Romania Andrei Florin TKO 3 (6) 2006-05-26 Spain Dolores, Valencian Community
Win 12–0 France Salem Bouaita UD 10 2006-03-10 Spain Pabellon de Elche, Elche, Valencian Community Won EBU-EU Super Bantamweight title.
Win 11–0 Slovakia Peter Baláž KO 1 (6) 2005-11-25 Spain Dolores, Valencian Community
Win 10–0 Spain Manuel Sequera KO 2 (6) 2005-10-14 Spain Dolores, Valencian Community
Win 9–0 Angola Manuel Gomes KO 4 (12) 2005-07-15 Spain Benidorm, Valencian Community
Win 8–0 Belarus Sergei Nikitin TKO 2 (8) 2005-05-06 Spain Alicante, Valencian Community
Win 7–0 France Frederic Bonifai TKO 2 (8) 2005-03-04 Spain León, Castile and León
Win 6–0 Bulgaria Nikolai Mihailov TKO 4 (6), 1:30 2005-02-04 Spain Alcalá de Henares, Community of Madrid
Win 5–0 Spain Julio Vargas TKO 4 (6) 2004-11-19 Spain Torrevieja, Valencian Community
Win 4–0 Spain Juan Garcia Martin TKO 3 (6) 2004-10-15 Spain Pozuelo de Alarcón, Community of Madrid
Win 3–0 Angola Cristiano Andres Oliveira KO 1 (4) 2004-09-10 Spain Madrid, Community of Madrid
Win 2–0 Romania Irimiea Ion TKO 3 (4) 2004-07-24 Spain Benidorm, Valencian Community
Win 1–0 Spain David Casero TKO 3 (4) 2004-06-11 Spain Plaza de Toros La Cubierta, Leganés, Community of Madrid Professional debut.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Professional boxing record for Kiko Martínez from BoxRec. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  2. ^ a b Boxrec. "Martinez confident of upsetting Dunne". RTÉ. Retrieved 13 July 2007. 
  3. ^ Terry Dooley. "Bernard Dunne done over in a single round by Kiko Martinez". British Boxing News. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Dunne Demolished by Martinez". British Boxing News. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Steve Bunce (27 August 2007). "Martinez cashes in with rapid win". The Independent (London). Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Kevin Reardon. "Kiko Stuns Dublin Crowd". Costa Blanca Leader. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  7. ^ Graham Houston. "KIKO MARTINEZ KO1 BERNARD DUNNE". Fight Righter. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  8. ^ a b Derek Bilton. "WADE INTO WAYNE'S WORLD". Betting Zone. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  9. ^ a b c "Wayne blows his top". Belfast Telegraph. Archived from the original on 3 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "McCullough's comeback bout is off". BBC. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Classy Munroe holds off Martinez". BBC. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  12. ^ GMT (9 February 2013). "Carl Frampton stops Kiko Martinez to win European title". BBC. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 

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Preceded by
Bernard Dunne
EBU Super Bantamweight Champion
August 25, 2007 – March 7, 2008
Succeeded by
Rendall Munroe
Title last held by
Rendall Munroe
EBU Super Bantamweight Champion
September 11, 2010 – October 2010
Title next held by
Willie Casey
Title last held by
Willie Casey
EBU Super Bantamweight Champion
April 15, 2011 – February 9, 2013
Succeeded by
Carl Frampton
Preceded by
Jhonatan Romero
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
August 17, 2013 – September 6, 2014
Succeeded by
Carl Frampton