Frampton opponent Gutierrez told doctor to pull teeth out and let him box
Andres Gutierrez had no doubt he could upset the odds in Belfast before his dream clash with Carl Frampton was called off.
Ranked eight by the World Boxing Council, the Mexican knew that a win over Frampton would have led to a title shot, with fellow countryman and WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz in his sights.
But his pathway to a World title shot came to an abrupt halt last night when he was rushed to Belfast's Kingsbridge private hospital after slipping in his hotel shower and suffering injuries to his chin and nose as well as a broken tooth and another damaged tooth.
Even those injuries did not dilute his desire to fight on, as Head of Boxing at Cyclone Promotions, Jake McGuigan, revealed.
"He told the doctor to pull his teeth out and let him fight but after the British Boxing Board of Control doctor looked at him, there was no way he could fight," said McGuigan.
Gutierrez will return to Mexico hoping his wounds will heal and that he can be back in the ring before Christmas - possibly against Frampton in Belfast.
The 24-year-old became a father for the second time only a month ago and his overwhelming desire is to provide them with a better life than he had, growing up in a tough neighbourhood.
This week in Belfast he was very much the smiling assassin with his joyful demeanour as he looked ahead to the biggest pay-day of his career.
But that all turned sour when he suffered his freak accident.
Ahead of the fight, he stated: "I'm ready for this fight. I know I lost one fight but I felt that I won that. I will give my best and give you all a great show. I've been training really hard and I won't leave people disappointed.
"I want to join the great Mexican fighters like Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales as world champions and my daughters are a big motivation for me."