“Gutted” Frampton responds to missing weight – “I acknowledge that I am responsible”

Carl Frampton [23(14)-1(0)] has released a statement after he shockingly missed weight for his homecoming fight.

The Belfast featherweight came in at 127lbs for his clash with Andres Gutierrez at the SSE Odyssey Arena, live on Channel 5.

Coming in one pound above the featherweight limit, the fight will no longer be a WBC title eliminator for ‘The Jackal.’

It was initially viewed as some as more of a strategic move rather than a failure to make weight, with commentators musing that Frampton’s immediate future lies away from WBC champ Gary Russell Jr, and there was little reason in him boiling down and depleting himself for an eliminator.

However, in a statement released on social media, the 30 year old detailed how he couldn’t physically make weight for this fight, and he apologised to both Gutierrez and his own fans – who packed out the Europa Hotel for the weigh-in this afternoon.

Frampton wrote:

“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 to cut down, but unfortunately, mu body just wouldn’t allow it in the end.”

“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.”

“I’m gutted, but at the same time, I acknowledge that I am responsible.”

“I’m still very much looking forward to returning home tomorrow night in front of the best fans in the world. I am sure that I will put on an explosive performance and claim victory. Thanks again to the Jackal Army – the turnout today was unbelievable!”

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Joe O'Neill

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