Carl Frampton Releases Heartbreaking Statement After Missing Weight For Homecoming Fight

Carl Frampton Releases Heartbreaking Statement After Missing Weight For Homecoming Fight

Carl Frampton Releases Heartbreaking Statement After Missing Weight For Homecoming Fight

While Frampton has insisted he will not under-estimate Gutierrez, ranked eighth by the WBC, the Belfast man believes the home town crowd could help him clinch a knockout triumph.

"I lost a close fight with an under-par performance to a three-weight world champion".

"I tell have so much more to give and if the sparring I've been doing over the last couple of weeks is anything to go by I feel like I'm getting better".

He also recognised the significance of the fight and the potential impact of a loss.

"I'm 100% confident and I think we are looking at a world title fight before the end of the year - but first we're focused on Saturday night".

Together he and Frampton had enjoyed world-title success at super-bantamweight and then featherweight, the rise of the "Jackal" culminating in the American boxing writers and the prestigious "Ring" magazine voting him the 2016 fighter of the year.

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"It's like running a marathon and you can see that 20-mile mark and you've got around six miles to go".

Frampton has made no secret of his desire to face Santa Cruz for a third time, or to challenge Wales' IBF champion Lee Selby, so it is even more significant that his trainer Shane McGuigan has said the "finish line" is in sight despite only 24 professional fights.

The Belfast people are set to come out in force in support for their local star on Saturday night.

"This is a fight that's necessary from an emotional stand point, coming off a loss he needs to get his mojo back, win and look impressive doing so", said McGuigan.

"But I think we've only had one or two off nights when it comes to Frampton, which is probably the Robbie Turley fight and it wasn't a massive off night for the second Santa Cruz fight but he was maybe 80 per cent".

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