FOR the second time in his career a freak accident has forced Belfast’s Carl Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) to call off a bout during fight week. In July 2017, Andres Gutierrez slipped in the shower and suffered cuts that forced him out of a contest against “The Jackal”. Last night it emerged that a large marble ornament in his hotel lobby was knocked over and landed on the 32-year-old’s left hand while he was sitting around enjoying a coffee, fracturing his fifth metacarpal.
The injury to his little finger means that his outing against Emmanuel Dominguez at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Centre had to be spiked. It was to be the first fight of a multi-fight deal with Top Rank, and an exercise in re-establishing him in America. Although it is a cliché that every fighter trots out the former two-weight world titlist had also stated that this was the best training camp of his career, one in which he corrected the things he was not happy with after reviewing his loss to IBF featherweight holder Josh Warrington in December.
Boxing News caught up with an understandably disappointed and subdued Jamie Moore, who reiterated Frampton’s claim that they had enjoyed perfect preparation for this one. “It was the best I’ve seen him in the gym,” said Moore as he went about packing his bags for the flight home.