Carl Frampton to fight Andrés Gutiérrez at the SSE Arena in Belfast


"After he beat me, what he was saying before the fight changed very quickly", Frampton told a press conference in Belfast on Wednesday.

Gutierrez has agreed to travel to Frampton's home town and believes he has all the skills required to come out on top. "My team made him offers when he was the super-bantamweight champion and also when featherweight champion but they said no", said 23-year-old Gutierrez.

He added: 'I can't wait to get going again.

Win, lose or draw in that fight, though, the plan had always been to return to Belfast.

"I think a lot of people were expecting this fight to be at Windsor Park but it wasn't to be for a few reasons".

Gutierrez, known as "The Jaguar", was handed his first professional loss a year ago when former Santa Cruz victim Christian Mijares beat him on a majority decision, with Gutierrez grossly missing weight for the contest. In 2015, he defeated Chris Avalos in the Odyssey Arena and has fought four further times since.

"There's something special about boxing in Belfast". I wanted a hard fight, I didn't want to go in with a nobody'.

SHANE MCGUIGAN: This is a good homecoming fight for Carl.

That defeat came against former super-flyweight world champion and fellow Mexican Cristian Mijares last summer, Gutierrez losing a majority decision. "This guy is an avoided fighter".

"I felt Carl needed an opponent like that to get him back to his sharp best and we feel that will happen".

The scene is set for an action-packed encounter between two of the best featherweights in the world on July 29th at the SSE Arena Belfast.