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Carl Frampton during the weigh-in at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Carl Frampton during the weigh-in at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

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Carl Frampton during the weigh in  at the Europa Hotel in Belfast

Carl Frampton during the weigh in at the Europa Hotel in Belfast

Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

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Carl Frampton during the weigh-in at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Carl Frampton has issued an apology to his fans after coming in 1lb overweight ahead of his fight with Andres Gutierrez.

Arriving at Friday's weight in after a hectic fight week, the Belfast boxer tipped the scales at 127lb, just over the 126lb featherweight limit.

Andres Gutierrez, his Mexican opponent for Saturday's clash at Belfast's SSE Arena, came in just under the limit on 125.6lb.

The fight will still go ahead, but will no longer be a title eliminator for Frampton.

Despite this, should Gutierrez win, he will still be in line for a shot at Gary Russell Junior's WBC strap.

In his statement, Frampton said:

"After a long training camp of intense preparation and trying to make weight, I was disappointed that I came in 1lb over the featherweight limit today. I tried everything I could to cut down, but unfortunately, my body just wouldn't allow it in the end.

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"I'd like to apologise to the fans that have got involved and shown incredible support throughout this frantic fight week, and to those that will be cheering me onto victory on Saturday night. Furthermore, I would like to apologise to my opponent Andres Gutierrez - who will still have the opportunity to win the WBC eliminator on Saturday."

While Frampton will have been disappointed not to have made weight, his wife Christine Frampton's reaction seemed to sum up the reaction of all non-elite athletes to her husband being a pound over.

Tweeting shortly after the weight-in, she said: "I wish I was only 1lb overweight f*** sake."


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