Kiko Martinez is a professional orthodox boxer from Spain. He was a former IBF super-bantamweight titleholder from 2013 to 2014. Kiko has recently become a world champion by winning the IBF featherweight title in November 2021.
At the regional level, he had the European super-bantamweight title three times between 2007 and 2013 and the European featherweight title in 2018. So he’s successfully been a champion and marked his legacy in the divisions he stepped into.
|Full Name||"Kiko" Martínez Sánchez|
|Date Of Birth||7 March, 1986|
|Birth Place||Elche, Baix Vinalopó, Alicante|
|Age||35 years old|
|Height||5 feet 5 inches|
|Net Worth||$1 to $ 7 million|
Kiko Martinez Early Life
Kiko Martinez was born on 7 March 1986 in Elche, Baix Vinalopó, Alicante. As per his date of birth, he is 35 years old and is governed by Pisces. Kiko is his nickname, and his full name is Francisco Martínez Sánchez.
In terms of his height, he is 5 feet 5 inches tall. Although his exact weight is unknown, a super featherweight boxer’s official weight is 59 kg. As a result, he is most likely around the indicated weight.
Kiko Martinez Career
Kiko Martinez fought much as an amateur. He battled 40 amateur bouts and never lost, with 38 of those triumphs being by knockout.
However, despite getting a four-year contract offer from the Spanish amateur boxing association, he never participated in the Olympic games. Kiko was too focused on his professional boxing career than the Olympics.
On 11 June 2004, Kiko made his professional boxing debut on a Javier Castillejo card. In his debut match, he fought David Casero, where he conquered him by knockout in the third round.
After that, Kiko moved on to win all of his first 11 fights, with each success coming through a knockout within four rounds.
Kiko encountered Frenchman Salem Bouaita for his EBU European Union super bantamweight title at Pabellón de Elche in Spain on 10 March 2006. His first fight went past four rounds, reaching the full scheduled ten rounds.
Nevertheless, Kiko Martinez was handed a unanimous points win and succeeded. He bested four further and evolved the mandatory challenger European super bantamweight title.
Since his professional debut, he fought several great fighters such as Bernard Dunne, Carl Frampton, Kid Galahad, Josh Warrington, etc.
A Spaniard also had a controversy in 2007 where he was about to fight an Irishman, the Las Vegas-based former WBC bantamweight champion, Wayne McCullough, at Belfast’s Kings Hall on 1 December. On the day before the fight, there was unrest during the weigh-in, and the fight was canceled in the middle of chaotic scenes.
Wayne 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, Kiko fell to the agreed weight and was overweight with 1.75 lb.
Kiko was offered a couple of hours to clear the excess weight but did not return to weigh in again, and the scales were closed.
Kiko Martinez tasted defeat in a match against Rendall Munroe, and it was his first loss in his boxing career. It was also his first EBU super bantamweight title defense which he, unfortunately, lost by a majority points decision. However, the fight ran the full 12 rounds.
He recently thrashed Kid Galahad in the sixth round, earning him the IBF world featherweight title. This year Kiko is going to have his rematch with Josh Warrington. He lost to Josh in their first bout.
According to The Ring, the bout will take place on January 26th. Kiko’s rematch with Josh, in which he will defend his IBF featherweight title, comes at the perfect time for the Spaniard, who has spent half of his career in the UK and is already at ease competing there.
Kiko Martinez Personal Life Details
After the fight, Kiko Martinez posed for a family photo based on his Instagram posts, implying that he is also a proud husband and a father, besides his life as a boxer. He is a father of two daughters. However, Kiko didn’t uncover their identities yet.
What Is Kiko Martinez Net Worth?
His actual income is not available at the moment. However, his estimated net worth is between $1 to $ 7 million as per our research.
On the other hand, Kiko is a fine boxer. Therefore, he might be earning the best amount from the sport, relying on his performance.
Kiko Martinez Social Media
On Instagram, Kiko goes by the account name @the_only_kiko_martinez, and he has 353 posts, 21.9k followers, and 1,255 followings. Follow him to learn more about his life and enjoy other posts concerning his fights.