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Andres Gutierrez strives to live dream that passed father by


By David Kelly

Sitting in the lounge of the Culloden Hotel, Andres Gutierrez has the matter-of-fact demeanour of the majority of Mexican fighters that simply exude the sense that fighting is every bit a part of life as breathing in oxygen.

One of six siblings, five brothers and one sister, Gutierrez made his mind up very early that he would be following his father Alejandro into the ring and made his professional debut at just 15-years-old in 2009, the same year Carl Frampton entered the paid ranks.

Tomorrow night at Belfast's SSE Arena, they come together for a duel that could be life-changing for Gutierrez, who has a solitary defeat on a 37-fight record.

Alejandro, part of the team this week, felt he never had the opportunity to live out his dream but father and son feel the chance has arrived to gain the rewards that boxing can offer.

"I was 20 years boxing, it was lousy for me," said Alejandro.

"There was no way I could go forward in boxing.

"I had to work and train at the same time… I couldn't dedicate myself because at 20-years-old I had three children so I had to work to feed them.

"The main thing is that the boxing in Mexico is different from around the world.

"When you turn professional it is for need and from need comes great power from within because you either succeed or you lose so this drive is incredible.

"Andres has the better chance of having a good career (in boxing) because it is his main thing and he also has the skills." The son gives a nod and curl of the lip in agreement and as he turns his attention to his clash with Frampton, a WBC World title eliminator, Andres feels that burning desire is what can lead him to cause an upset.

"I have done all the preparation, there is the age factor and the motivation I have to win. I have two daughters, one is only a month old and they are a big motivation to me," said Andres, who has had 10 different sparring partners during his training in Mexico City.

"When I win the whole family wins and for my career a win would be a big step forward to go for the World championship.

"I want to become World champion and whoever is holding the title I will fight them.

"Frampton is dangerous, he's a complete fighter and to beat him I need strategy and a good defence.

"We are prepared for the best Carl Frampton."

The 24-year-old was also keen to laugh off any suggestion that he has had trouble making the 9st limit, even though it is clear that he has dropped a good deal of weight since the press conference to announce the clash two months ago.

"The training I had meant it was quite easy to take the weight off, it's not a problem," he said.

As for walking into the Jackal's Den, dripping with hostility, Gutierrez says the pugilistic DNA of his homeland will enable him to rise to the occasion.

"I have the heart of 100 million Mexicans," he said with another confident smile.

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