On July 29th, Carl Frampton will fight in his hometown of Belfast for the first time since February of 2015. His opponent, as was confirmed at a press conference in the Northern Irish capital on Wednesday, will be Mexico’s Andres Gutierrez.
The identity of Frampton’s foe doesn’t come as a major shock, as the 23-year-old Gutierrez had already revealed to a regional Mexican newspaper that he would be travelling to fight Frampton in his backyard.
Gutierrez is a dangerous opponent. His name doesn’t carry much cache but he has compiled an impressive 35-1-1 record since turning professional at the tender age of just 15 back in January 2009. 25 of the youngster’s wins have come inside the distance. The only blemishes on his ledger thus far were inflicted by two of his countrymen.
‘Jaguarcito’ drew with Jesus Ruiz back in 2011 and dropped a decision to experienced multi-weight titlist Cristian Mijares, who was once considered to be among the best pound for pound fighters in the world and remains a quality operator, in June of last year. Guttierez bounced back from that defeat to stop heavy-handed Colombian Wallington Orobio in October. He hasn’t fought since.
Below is a video of Gutteirez’s 2015 scrap with Jhon Gemino…
Frampton told BBC Radio 5 Live on Monday that his Stateside adviser Al Haymon was concerned about the opponent that Cyclone Promotions had selected, who at that point had yet to be identified officially.
“I know the Americans that we’re working with and Al Haymon, they want me back Stateside pretty soon and they’re a bit concerned,” said ‘The Jackal'(via Irish Boxing).
“They’re like ‘just take an easy fight and come back over here to the States,’ but I don’t want to mug people off.”
Since his last fight in Belfast, a TKO victory over American Chris Avalos, Frampton has gone on to establish himself as one of the best fighters in boxing’s lighter weight-classes. He survived some scary moments to overcome Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. in Texas in July 2015, but he subsequently scored wins over previously unbeaten super-bantamweight titlist Scott Quigg in Manchester and 32-0-1 Mexican featherweight Leo Santa Cruz to claim the WBA featherweight strap in Brooklyn last July. Frampton’s winning-run ended in January, however, when he dropped a decision to Santa Cruz in their Las Vegas-based rematch.
Win, lose or draw in that fight, though, the plan had always been to return to Belfast.
Carl Frampton vs Andres Guttierez will take place at the SSE Arena and will be an eliminator for the WBC featherweight title, currently held by ultra-talented American Gary Russell Jr.