When: Saturday July 29th
Venue: SSE arena Belfast
Two weight world champion Carl Frampton fights Andres Gutierrez back on home soil for the first time since defeating Chris Avalos in 2015. This is Frampton’s first fight since his narrow defeat in the re-match to Santa Cruz in January this year. No doubt he will be looking to put on a real masterclass and hopefully line up a shot at IBF champ Lee Selby.
Gutierrez has a solid record on paper, 35-1-1 with 24 ko’s, so he obviously carries some power. But looking over his opponents, he hasn’t mixed with the same level of opposition that Frampton has. The biggest name he’s fought is Christian Mijares who he lost on points to in 2015. So Frampton has the edge in experience and fighting at a higher level.
Prediction: From what iv seen & heard of Gutierrez, expect him to force the pace with his high work-rate and come forward style. However, as we all know, Frampton is a master counter-puncher, so fighters like Gutierrez play right into the Jackal’s hands.
Expect Frampton to take control from the mid-rounds with his snapping jab and sharp counters. Gutierrez will be tough and game, but ultimately Frampton’s skill set, accuracy and power will take its toll on the Mexican as the fight progresses.
Result: Frampton wins by KO/TKO (possibly in rounds 7-9)