‘The Jackal’ was due to box in a homecoming bout tonight against Mexican Gutierrez at the SSE Odyssey Arena, live on Channel 5.
The fight would be called off however following a freak injury suffered by Gutierrez last night, with the 24 year old slipping and falling in the shower and suffering injuries to his teeth, nose, and chin.
The aftermath of the cancellation led to speculation over what Frampton’s next move would be.
Cyclone stated that “it is hoped that the event will be re-scheduled,” but some suggested a low-profile bout in the coming weeks to stay sharp – like Lee Selby had against Andoni Gago following the late cancellation of his fight with Jonathan Victor Barros in January.
Others argued that, with a full camp in the bag, Frampton could continue on as if he had fought tonight and then gone in to a big fight with Selby this November/December.
However, it looks as though it’s a case of postponement rather than permanent cancellation and it will be Gutierrez, when he recovers, in the opposite corner the next time Frampton fights.
In a statement released today, Cyclone Promotions reiterated their commitment to facing Gutierrez and said that further details will be revealed next week.
The outfit detailed how “since the accident last night and subsequent event cancellation, 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 appreciate the patience of all ticket holders who can retain their tickets pending confirmation of a rescheduled fight. For anyone wishing to arrange a refund, further details will be released early next week.”
“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.”