Homecoming bout excites Frampton

14 June 2017 16:11:14 EST

Carl Frampton is excited by the prospect of having his next fight against Andres Gutierrez in his home city of Belfast.

'The Jackal' will face the Mexican boxer at the SSE Arena in a WBC world featherweight title eliminator on 29th July.

Frampton has not fought since his loss to Leo Santa Cruz in their WBA title fight in Las Vegas in January.

His 23-year-old opponent has lost just one of his 35 fights and is a former WBC Silver featherweight champion.

I wanted a tough fight and I know I'll need to be at my best. If I'm not, I may lose this fight.

Carl Frampton

Frampton confirmed last week that his next fight would be in his home city and he's delighted to be boxing in Belfast, thought the former two-weight world champion admits there is one venue he still wants to box in.

"I was hoping this fight would be at Windsor Park but it wasn't to be. My dream is to fight at Windsor Park and I want to do that at some point," said Frampton.

"The SSE Arena is where I believe the best performance of my career has been, against Chris Avalos. The atmosphere there can't be replicated anywhere else. It's spectacular.

"I wanted a tough fight and I know I'll need to be at my best. If I'm not, I may lose this fight."

Gutierrez, known as the 'Jaguar', is also relishing next month's bout against Frampton and he says he has the heart to overcome the home-town favourite.

"I'm very happy for this news they gave me. I know it will be very difficult, but I have the character to prevail," he said.

"I'm going to put in soul, life, and heart and I will fight for what I most want, that's why I'll prevail."

Meanwhile Manny Pacquiao is 1/6 to defeat Jeff Horn on 2nd July, with the Australian 4/1 to win their Suncorp Stadium clash.

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