Born March 7th 1986, orthodox fighter Kiko Martinez started his career in June 2004 at the age of 18 and has now been pro for 12 years, fighting a total of 40 times. Between June 2004 and August 2007, Martinez had his longest winning streak of 17 fights. In his 40 fights, his longest KO streak is 11 fights long.
Starting as he means to go on, Martinez got off to an explosive start in his debut, defeating David Casero in 3 rounds and becoming the only person to have stopped Casero to date. Continuing on from his debut, Martinez had an impressive start to his career as he went on to fight 20 fights including 5 times in 2004, 6 times in 2005 and 9 times through 2006, 2007 and 2008 against fighters such as Edison Torres, Bernard Dunne and Juan Garcia martin.
On August 25th, 2007, Martinez was in action again beating Bernard Dunne taking his win streak to 17 wins. Becoming the first person to stop Bernard Dunne, Martinez beat Dunne via TKO in the 1st round of a 12 round fight.
Unfortunately, the first defeat of Martinez's career came against Rendall Munroe on March 7th, 2008 in Martinez's 18th professional fight. Martinez's first defeat came over the full distance against Rendall Munroe on March 7th, 2008. The fight went to the judges in a MD loss for Martinez. Martinez continued his success in the next 9 fights taking his record to 24 wins, 3 losses and 0 draws.
Pushing his career further, Martinez fought Jason Booth on April 15th, 2011 adding to his winning record. Martinez's fight against Jason Booth came in the 10th round of a 12 round fight via KO. Martinez became the first person to stop Booth. Martinez took on another 2 opponents next, racking up wins against Dougie Curran and Arsen Martirosyan.
Taking a knock to his career, Martinez fought and was defeated by Carl Frampton on February 9th, 2013 taking his record to 27-4-0. Frampton was a fight too far for Martinez and after a rough fight Frampton became the first person to stop Martinez in round 9. Martinez then went on to win a further 7 fights taking his record to 32 wins, 6 losses and 0 draw.
Martinez went into his next fight against Leo Santa cruz on February 27th, 2016 with a career record of 32-7-0. Martinez's fight against Leo Santa cruz was Martinez's 3rd stoppage defeat which came via TKO in the 5th round of the fight.
The next defeat of Martinez's career came against Josh Warrington on May 13th, 2017. This took his career record to 32-8-0. Opponent Warrington fought well and proved he was technically superior to Martinez over the full 12 round fight. The fight came to a close after the final bell, Warrington the victor on the judges decision (MD), with Martinez left wondering where his career will go next.