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Carl Frampton heaps praise on 'amazing fans' and family as freak fall scuppers Gutierrez fight


By David Kelly

Devastated Carl Frampton has paid tribute to his fans and family after his Belfast clash had to be cancelled due a freak shower accident.

His Mexican opponent Andres Gutierrez had travelled back to his base at the Culloden Hotel and as he went to take a shower slipped and fell, breaking his tooth and suffering lacerations to his nose and chin.

Frampton took to Twitter to express his disappointment that the fight has been cancelled and voice his gratitude for the support of his family and fans.

"I am deeply sorry that my homecoming fight will not go ahead," he tweeted.

"I am sorry for all the undercard fighters who will now miss out.

"I am also sorry for my family, who I have spent the last three months away from preparing for the fight and I am sorry for the amazing people who buy tickets to come and support me.

"It was a freak and unfortunate accident and I wish Andres a speedy recovery"

Gutierrez was taken to Kingsbridge private hospital, where he was told the devastating news that he would not be fighting the Jackal at Belfast's SSE Arena this evening.

He was also seen by the British Boxing Board of Control doctor who confirmed that he was in no state to box.

Cyclone Promtions said all those involved have been trying to reschedule the bout.

In a statement they said: "Cyclone Promotions, the SSE Arena, the Gutierrez management team, boxing authorities and relevant broadcasters have been working to agree a new date for the fight.

"We wish to apologise once again for this very unfortunate cancellation and wish Andres a speedy recovery from the serious injuries he sustained last night."

The 30-year-old Belfast man had hoped to return to winning ways in his first bout since losing his WBA featherweight title to Leo Santa Cruz in January in front of his adoring fans.

Earlier in the day, the Jackal had caused a stir when he failed to make the 9st limit by a pound at yesterday's weigh-in, so the fight was only going to go ahead as a WBC title eliminator for Gutierrez.

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