Gutierrez may need surgery after fall that foiled Frampton bout
Andres Gutierrez was due to have a brain scan yesterday and will almost certainly need plastic surgery after a bizarre accident which caused his fight against Carl Frampton, scheduled for last night, to be called off.
Gutierrez was laid low without a punch being thrown in Belfast. A fall in his hotel bathroom on Friday left the Mexican with a broken nose, two broken teeth and a huge gash underneath his chin which exposed the jawbone.
Gutierrez was so badly concussed by the fall there was no way in which he would have been allowed to fight, Blain McGuigan, the event’s promoter told The Sunday Telegraph yesterday. On a day of farce which started with Frampton failing to make the 126lb weight limit by 1lb for the World Boxing Council title eliminator, for the sold-out event at the SSE Arena, a consultant surgeon informed the McGuigans one of Gutierrez’s two broken teeth had gone so far into his gum, it would require significant surgery.
“It’s been nothing short of a nightmare,” McGuigan said. “We even tried to get another opponent late yesterday, believe me we tried, but boxing is a sport where these things require stringent medicals and so on. It was a complete freak accident and the kid is devastated. This was a life-changing moment for him and we are trying to reschedule this as a WBC eliminator.”
Gutierrez was unavailable for comment, as he was being seen by a plastic surgeon. But a source said: “He slipped and hit the tap under his chin, which flipped him over, and he fell on his face on the bottom of the shower. Andres was knocked unconscious and when he woke up, he was in a pool of blood.”
Following the accident, which occurred at around 6.30pm, the McGuigans were informed the Mexican boxer was in a taxi on the way to hospital.
“Fragility is what draws people to the sport, but this slip which occurred is a brutal blow to everyone. To Carl and Andres, all the undercard fighters, and the fans,” explained McGuigan. “Boxing’s not like football, where you can substitute players. When a headline fighter is injured it puts everything into jeopardy. You can’t just draft someone else in. Because of the insurance matters, the governing bodies involved, it was just not possible. We tried until 9pm on Friday, when we released the statement the fight was off.
“Financially, this has been a nightmare but, compared to the concerns we have over the health of the visiting fighter, it’s a minor issue.”
When the two boxers met for a television interview later on Friday night at a Belfast hotel, Gutierrez lifted his lip and showed his teeth only to reopen the wound. “I would not want to hit that guy in the face,” said Frampton when he saw Gutierrez.
“They are both noble blokes – and both devastated the fight could not happen,” added McGuigan.
Depending on the outcome of Gutierrez’s health, a new date could be rearranged with Frampton, but the Northern Irishman’s management team refused to speculate on the next move until Gutierrez gets the all-clear.
An unhappy accident: Andres Gutierrez reveals the extent of his injuries after his fall