Gu­tier­rez may need surgery af­ter fall that foiled Framp­ton bout

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Gareth A Davies BOX­ING COR­RE­SPON­DENT

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

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