In news that broke earlier today, Carl Frampton missed weight for his homecoming featherweight title fight following against Andrés Gutiérrez tomorrow night.
The fight will still go ahead, but, disappointingly, it means that the fight is no longer a WBC title eliminator for Frampton.
‘The Jackal’ weighed in 1 lb over the 126 lbs weight limit for the featherweight division in a surprising turn of events.
Saturday night’s bout against Gutiérrez in the SSE Arena, Belfast is one that Frampton has been looking forward to for some time. Although his campaign for a third fight against Leo Santa Cruz, to whom he suffered his first loss as a professional, did not prove fruitful, along with his attempts to get a crack off the IBF featherweight champion of the world Lee Selby suffered a similar fate, Frampton was excited to fight on home soil again.
More on that story can be found here.
The Belfast people are set to come out in force in support for their local star on Saturday night.
‘The Jackal’ has released a statement following the weigh-in mishap via his official Twitter account.
He apologised to his followers, his opponent and accepted full responsibility for not making the weight limit. The statement in full is as follows:
“After a long training camp of intense preparation and trying to make weight, I was disappointed that I came in 1lb over the featherweight limit today. 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 that have got involved and shown incredible support throughout this frantic fight week, and to those that will be cheering me on to victory on Saturday night. Furthermore, I would like to apologise to my opponent Andres Gutierrez – who will still have the opportunity to win the WBC eliminator on Saturday.
“I’m gutted, but at the same time, I acknowledge that I am responsible. I’m still very much looking forward to returning home tomorrow night in front of the best fans in the world. I am sure that I will put on an explosive performance and claim victory. Thanks again to the Jackal Army – the turnout today was unbelievable!”
— Carl Frampton MBE (@RealCFrampton) July 28, 2017