In an unexpected turn of events, Carl Frampton has failed to meet the 126 lbs weight limit for his featherweight fight against Andrés Gutiérrez on Saturday night.
Frampton weighed in 1 lb over the specific limit on Friday afternoon at the official weigh-in for the fight taking place in his hometown of Belfast in the SSE Arena.
As a result of missing weight, the fight will no longer be a WBC title eliminator for Frampton.
Frampton has not fought since January, when he lost his WBA super featherweight title in a rematch with Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas. Although a trilogy with Santa Cruz was expected to be a runner, that fight was not able to get done. While the Northern Irishman also campaigned for a shot at IBF featherweight world champion Lee Selby, that was not able to come to fruition either, as Selby was lined up against mandatory challenger for his title, Jonathan Victor Barros.
A homecoming fight was put together for ‘The Jackal’ to appease him. It will be the first time that Frampton has boxed on home soil since February 2015, when he beat Chris Avalos.
Frampton is a heavy favourite going into tomorrow night’s clash and has publicly stated that a loss to Gutiérrez this weekend could spell the end of his career.
Although the bout is no longer a title eliminator for Frampton, this is not the case for his opponent who had no issues with the weight limit. If Gutiérrez is to overcome ‘The Jackal’ in what would be a massive upset, he will go on to meet WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. as a mandatory challenger for that strap.