How the Bookies See It
- Colin ‘The Jackal’ Frampton had an unbeaten record until his defeat by Leo Santa Cruz earlier this year. The 30-year-old, who was formerly the WBA and IBF super-bantamweight champion, had previously defied the odds to beat Santa Cruz at the end of July last year, but couldn’t repeat the feat. That means he will come here on the back of a loss that he found very upsetting, and he credits his wife Christine for helping him to get through the ordeal. Frampton has now fought 24 bouts as a professional, and has won 23 of them, with 14 being achieved by KO. He is currently second in the world featherweight rankings.
- Andres ‘Jaguar’ Gutierrez might not be a household name, but he won’t be a pushover in the ring. The 24-year-old Mexican has won 35 fights out of 37, with 25 of them being achieved by KO, and is currently ranked 23rd in the world featherweight rankings. He has lost just once, and that was to Cristian Mijares in June of last year, and he quickly bounced back from that by beating Wallington Orobia by TKO in October. The coming bout with Frampton won’t be a picnic by any means, but Gutierrez stands an inch taller than his opponent, has a longer reach, is six years younger and will be hungry to win.
According to the form and the world rankings, Frampton should have this match sewn up, which is why the bookmakers are quoting him at an extremely short price to win. What we have to remember is that boxing is as much about mindset as it is about past performance. With Frampton having admitted that his previous defeat took a significant emotional toll, there is a potential chink in his psychological armour that could potentially give Gutierrez the chance to defy the odds, just as Frampton did when up against Santa Cruz last July.
Given the paltry odds on offer for Frampton, we will take a chance by siding with underdog Gutierrez to make his mark by springing a surprise.
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