Carl Frampton’s bout against Andres Gutierrez was last night called off at the 11th hour after the Mexican visitor reportedly suffered an accident.
The Mexican is reported to have slipped in the shower sustaining injuries to his chin, nose and teeth as well as a concusion.
After a sensational day of drama, it had appeared that the featherweight fight was due to go ahead tonight despite Frampton failing to make the 126lb featherweight limit earlier in the day.
The two-weight world champion had weighed in one pound over the limit, but opted against taking to the scales for a second time in an effort to shed his excess pound and instead sacrificed the potential reward of a WBC world-title shot should he have won the fight.
While that decision had looked set to ensure the fight would go ahead, matters took a bizarre twist late yesterday evening as 24-year-old Gutierrez reportedly suffered an accident in the shower of his Belfast hotel room.
A late statement from Barry McGuigan’s promotional outfit last night confirmed the shock call.
The statement read: “Cyclone Promotions and The SSE Arena regret to announce that the “Return of The Jackal” event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 29th July, has been cancelled due to an accident to Andres Gutierrez.
“It is hoped that the event will be re-scheduled but ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets and contact point of purchase for further information,” added the statement.
A source close to the situation said: “He went back to his hotel and he’s gone over and slipped in his bathroom.
“He smashed his face in the shower and literally cut his nose, got a huge laceration on his chin and he’s knocked two of his front teeth out. It’s brutal.
“You couldn’t make it up, but it’s absolutely devastating.
“He was getting into the shower and he fell forward and slipped straight on his face against the shower.”
Gutierrez’s team could not be reached for comment last night.
It is understood Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan and his team had negotiated financial compensation between the fighters’ respective purses following the weight issue as is standard after such mishaps to ensure the fight would go ahead after Frampton failed to make weight.
“I tried everything I could to cut down, but unfortunately, my body just wouldn’t allow it in the end,” Frampton said in a statement ahead of the bout, which was due to act as an eliminator for a shot at WBC world champion Gary Russell Jr. Belfast native Frampton struggled to shift weight after six months out of the ring since his January WBA world title rematch defeat to Leo Santa Cruz.
It is not yet known if the bout will be rescheduled.
This story first appeared in the Irish Examiner.