Thursday 20 September 2018

Frampton fight is off as gutierrez suffers accident

Carl Frampton and Andres Gutierrez were due to face off in Belfast tonight. Pic: Sportsfile
Carl Frampton and Andres Gutierrez were due to face off in Belfast tonight. Pic: Sportsfile

A day of drama for Carl Frampton ended with his fight against Mexico's Andres Gutierrez in Belfast tonight being called off.

The fight at the SSE Arena was no longer serving as an eliminator for the WBC featherweight title for Frampton, after he came in one pound overweight at 9st 1lb.

But that is a moot point now as Cyclone Promotions released a statement last night that the bout was off as the Mexican had suffered an accident.

The short statement didn't expand on the nature of the accident, but did say that they hoped to reshcedule the bout.

Frampton had had a six-month lay-off which followed his first professional defeat - to Leo Santa Cruz, in Las Vegas.

In the aftermath of failing to make weight yesterday, Frampton, who could have been fighting in front of his home fans for the last time, said: "I tried everything I could to cut down, but unfortunately, my body just wouldn't allow it in the end. I'd like to apologise to the fans who have got involved and shown support throughout this frantic fight week, and to those who will be cheering me on to victory on ­Saturday night.

"I'm gutted. I'm still very much looking forward to returning home in front of the best fans in the world. I'm sure that I will put on an explosive performance and claim victory."

Frampton has made no secret of his desire to face Santa Cruz for a third time, or to challenge Wales' IBF champion Lee Selby, so it is significant that his trainer Shane McGuigan has said the "finish line" is in sight despite only 24 professional fights.

McGuigan said: "This is the next chapter in Carl's career and one I'm excited about, because we can see the finish line now.

"It's like running a marathon and you can see that 20-mile mark and you've got around six miles to go. The legs are a bit heavy but we're going to finish strong with four or five big wins."

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