Frampton aims to bounce back from first defeat with Gutierrez fight

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Frampton set for Belfast bout with Gutierrez

Next month's match-up represents Frampton's first in his hometown since he defeated Chris Avalos at the same arena in February 2015, and is expected to lead to a further fight later this year against another of the featherweight division's biggest names.

Frampton, who is No. 1 in the latest WBC rankings, is looking forward to boxing in Belfast for the first time in over two years. "I know it will be very hard, but I have the character to prevail", he said.

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.

"I'm very happy for his news they gave me". He has just won the title and, for the money he is going to get paid in the States, it needed to be on a pay-per-view date in the States, and it wasn't.

ANDRES GUTIERREZ: I can't wait for July 29th.

Win, lose or draw in that fight, though, the plan had always been to return to Belfast. "I believe I will beat Frampton". I know I have a great opportunity and I will not waste it. I wanted a hard fight, I didn't want to go in with a nobody'. It's brilliant that Carl is having a home fight and he is in against a very risky opponent in Andres Gutierrez.

"I felt Carl needed an opponent like that to get him back to his sharp best and we feel that will happen". I know it will be very hard, but I have the character to prevail.

SHANE MCGUIGAN: This is a good homecoming fight for Carl. However it is now evident that Carl is to concentrate at featherweight once again in facing Guiterrez in an world title eliminator.

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