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Frampton has 'worst week of career' after Gutierrez injury

Carl Frampton says he has had “the worst week of my professional career” following the cancelled fight against Andres Gutierrez.

The Mexican fighter badly injured himself in a freak accident the night before Carl’s scheduled ‘Return of the Jackal’ clash at Belfast’s SSE Arena.

Hours earlier, Carl had failed to make the featherweight weight by one pound.

Writing in his exclusive Sunday Life Sport column today, Carl said: “Just having to deal with the upset personally of not fighting, three months of training wasted and the money wasted on a training camp, being away from my family… it’s been very tough.

“The summer was sacrificed so I could fight and then when you don’t it just makes you feel bad that the kids and Christine have missed out on their summer because of me.

“The summer is the time when everyone wants to spend more time with their family and I’m no different.”

During his gruelling training schedule, Carl was based in McGuigan’s Gym in Battersea, London, under the watchful eye of coach Shane McGuigan. His wife Christine and kids Carla and Rossa were at home in Lisburn.

“I’m fortunate enough to have the money to be able to take the kids to the likes of Disneyland in Floria, something I would have loved to have done as kid but that couldn’t happen this year because I had my fight lined up,” said the 30-year-old former world champion.

As for his next fight, Carl isn’t writing off a clash with Welsh boxer Lee Selby.

“I can’t agree with Selby’s coach Chris Sanigar who says that he would be the “A card” in the fight...”

For now though, Carl is looking forward to a few days away with his family in Galway.

Read his exclusive column in this week’s Sunday Life

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