Carl Frampton and Andres Gutierrez during the weigh-in today
A statement by Cyclone Promotions on Facebook said: “Cyclone Promotions and The SSE Arena regret to announce that the “Return of The Jackal” event scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday 29th July, has been cancelled due to an accident to Andres Gutierrez.
“It is hoped that the event will be re-scheduled but ticket holders are advised to retain their tickets and contact point of purchase for further information.”
Angry fans bombarded the page to express their frustration at the fight being called off.
One person wrote: “This whole event has been an absolute sham. Just be honest and tell us what is actually going on behind the scenes instead of giving the working class people who are spending their hard earned money no information and holding everything back. It’s an absolute disgrace.”
I’d like to apologise to the fans that have got involved and shown incredible support throughout this frantic fight week
Another added: “Hope you’re paying out refunds, absolute farce of an event from the very beginning.”
The fight was already marred in controversy after Frampton weighed in one pound over the featherweight limit and as a result, the bout was no longer due to be a WBC title eliminator.
Frampton, who has not fought in his native Belfast since February 2015, issued an apology expressing his disappointment at failing to make weight.
He said: “After a long training camp of intense preparation and trying to make weight, I was disappointed that I came in 1lb over the featherweight limit.
“I tried everything I could to cut down, but unfortunately, my body just wouldn’t allow it in the end.
“I’d like to apologise to the fans that have got involved and shown incredible support throughout this frantic fight week, and to those that will be cheering me on to victory on Saturday night.
“Furthermore I would like to apologise to my opponent Andres Gutierrez – who will still have the opportunity to win the WBC eliminator on Saturday.”