Frampton was looking to bounce back from defeat to Mexico’s Leo Santa Cruz in front of his home fans in Belfast
CARL FRAMPTON has missed the weight for his fight with Andres Gutierrez.
It means the Belfast contest will now NOT be a WBC eliminator.
The Northern Irishman has hit the scales just ONE POUND over the 126lb featherweight limit.
And it is thought he will not attempt to make the weight for the fight.
But he will still be roared on by his home fans at a packed SSE Odyssey Arena tomorrow.
Frampton had insisted he will be out to show Andres Gutierrez who is boss in Belfast.
But the two-weight world champion also warned that his battle against the 10-1 Mexican underdog is not a foregone conclusion.
Fighting at home for the first time since February 2015, Frampton returns to a venue where he is undefeated in six contests.
And ‘The Jackal’ said: “He’s up for it and if he beats me, he becomes a big name.
“I respect him a lot, but this is my city. I’m the boss and I’m going to win.”
The media, fans and even Frampton’s team have speculated about his future fight plans. It is expected that a win will set up another world title tilt later in the year, with conqueror Leo Santa Cruz, Wales’ Lee Selby and American Gary Russell Jr all potential opponents.
But Frampton added: “It’s a bit disrespectful.
“Andres Gutierrez is the man on my mind at the minute and after the fight we can look at other guys.”
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Frampton’s last home fight a fifth-round stoppage victory over American Chris Avalos also marked his last early finish.
And the 30-year-old is keen on recording a 15th career KO.
Frampton said: “I believe if I hit any featherweight clean on the chin, they could go. Andres Gutierrez is a very tough guy, but if I hit anyone in or around these weight divisions with a clean, proper shot, it could be lights out.”
Trainer Shane McGuigan reckons Frampton is nearing the final stretch of his career.
But he wants to see his man go out in style.
Coming off the back of a loss to Santa Cruz in their WBA world featherweight title clash in January, Frampton faces a potential banana skin in the form of 24-year-old Gutierrez. The Queretaro native is a 37-fight veteran, with just one defeat on his record.
And McGuigan son of Frampton’s mentor, Barry said: “Saturday is the next chapter in Carl’s career and one I’m excited about because we can see the finish line now.
“It’s like running a marathon and you can see that 20-mile mark and you’ve got around six miles to go and your legs are heavy.
“We’re going to crack on through, get some big fights and finish strong.
“He wants to be mixing it with the big dogs.
“We want to match him with big names that sell out in two or three minutes we want to take him back to America.
“This is a fight that’s necessary from an emotional standpoint, coming off a loss, he needs to get his mojo back.
“It’s hard to know how Carl is going to react. It’s one thing doing it in the gym, it’s another doing it out on the main stage.”