Carl Frampton will announce details of his July 29 fight this afternoon
15 June, 2017, 02:06
Since his last fight in Belfast, a TKO victory over American Chris Avalos, Frampton has gone on to establish himself as one of the best fighters in boxing's lighter weight-classes.
Selby is tied up by mandatory obligations, and so 23-year-old Gutierrez was called upon, mainly for his solid WBC ranking.
The broadcaster for this fight will be announced in the coming weeks.
Frampton will face off against Mexico's Gutierrez in Belfast's SSE Arena with the victor going on to fight Gary Russell Jr for the title.
"I know people have travelled to NY and Las Vegas and I have a loyal fanbase here - it's just unfortunate that some people are going to miss out on tickets but there's nothing we can do about it this time, and I apologise". He has just won the title and, for the money he is going to get paid in the States, it needed to be on a pay-per-view date in the States, and it wasn't.
"I wanted this to be in a big arena but it just wasn't to be".
ANDRES GUTIERREZ: I can't wait for July 29th. I'm completely focused on one man and that isn't Leo Santa Cruz. I know I have a great opportunity and I will not waste it.
Gutierrez is a unsafe opponent. Carl is at his best when he has a live opponent who is hunting him down and on July 29th at the SSE Arena Belfast that is exactly what is going to happen. I know it will be very hard, but I have the character to prevail. Gutierrez is a top level opponent who likes to be on the front foot and is very aggressive. While this is officially a world title eliminator, it reads more as a tune-up or bounce-back fight.
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