Zelfa Barrett promises 'spectacular performance' against Kiko Martinez on February 13

Zelfa Barrett has promised to put on a "spectacular performance" when he defends his IBF Intercontinental super-featherweight title against Kiko Martinez at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 13, live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.

'Brown Flash' (24-1, 15 KOs) was last seen stopping Ireland's Eric Donovan with a huge one-punch knockout in the eighth round at Matchroom Fight Camp last August. The 27-year-old was far from happy with his performance.

"I had to dig deep," said Barrett. "Eric Donavan is a good fighter, a wicked fighter. I'll never take anything away from him. I had to dig deep physically, mentally, and emotionally. There was a point where my uncle said, 'look at this kid, he's tired, change the game plan and go forwards'.

"I just looked at my arm, grabbed my cup, put my hands together, and thought, 'let's go'. That's what I had to do. I've not thrown anything perfect like that before. Practice makes perfect though. We've been drilling every single punch we can think of. Nothing is a fluke. Credit to Eric Donovan. The finish was spectacular. The middle and the during wasn't, for my standards. I'm a lot better than that. On February 13th, I'm going to put on one hell of a performance. I believe I'm one of the best fighters in Britain, in any weight category. I believe in myself and what I do."

Spain's former super-bantamweight world champion Martinez (41-9-2, 29 KOs) shared the ring with Barrett's sparring partner Josh Warrington in 2017, as well as Scott Quigg in 2015.

"He's like a train," continued Barrett. He's just going to come straight at me. I respect him as a fighter and where he's been. I'm there to do a job, and I'm there to win, to look good as well. I've not underestimated this guy whatsoever. I've been disciplined. I've sacrificed my life to get where I'm at now. I know for a fact he's going to come guns blazing. He's going to be there every single second of every single round. We're prepared for that. I can't switch off. I've got to be focused on him. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to put on a spectacular performance. 

"We take every fight like it's a world title fight. My Uncle Pat makes sure of that anyway. The only time we didn't is the time we got beat. When you compare that fight to other fights, that wasn't Zelfa Barrett. Every fight is important. Every day is important. Every session is important. Every round is important. Blood, tears, sweat, and knockouts. That's what you can expect to see. That's what I bring. This is what people want to see. If it's going to be a 12-round masterclass. Then people will be intrigued by it too. I bring entertainment. I am entertainment. I'm there to put on a performance and be classy."

Barrett vs. Martinez, chief support to the main event of Josh Warrington vs. Mauricio Lara, airs live on Saturday Feb. 13, live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and on DAZN everywhere else.

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