Monday 18 November 2019

Carl Frampton misses weight for Andrés Gutiérrez fight and voids WBC title eliminator

Carl Frampton at the Battle of Belfast Fight Night at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Carl Frampton at the Battle of Belfast Fight Night at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Carl Frampton has weighed in 1lb over the 126lb featherweight limit for Saturday's fight with Mexican boxer Andrés Gutiérrez at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

The bout will be Frampton's first since he lost his WBA (Super) featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz in January, but after exceeding the 126lb weight limit for the fight, the contest will no longer be a WBC title eliminator for Frampton.

If Gutiérrez wins he will still meet WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. as a mandatory challenger for the belt whereas Frampton has now voided that possibility after failing to make weight.

Frampton is still heavily favoured to win the fight and will return to Belfast for the first time since his February 2015 win over Chris Avalos.

Prior to the announcement of the fight with Gutiérrez, Frampton incessantly harboured for a rematch with Santa Cruz until the WBA ordered the Mexican champion to fight Abner Mares in a ploy to unify both their 'super' and 'regular' championships.

The Belfast native also tried to arrange a fight with IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby until that fight fell through after the IBF insisted that the Welshman fight mandatory challenger Jonathan Victor Barros.

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