Andres Gutierrez misses weight by staggering 11 pounds

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A high-profile boxing event has been scrapped after one participant was found to be 11 pounds over the weight limit.

Andres Gutierrez was due to fight Oscar Valdez in Las Vegas on Saturday night, however, the former missed the weight limit by a staggering 11 pounds, leading to the fight being cancelled.

The bout was due to be televised on ESPN+ main event, but with Gutierrez missing the cap due to a 141 weight, the fight was scrapped.

Mexican-born Gutierrez came through the weigh-in with such a large scaling that he would have been classified as heavy at lightweight (135lbs) and junior welterweight (140lbs).

It is expected that the Nevada Athletic Commission will deal with Gutierrez's unprofessional behaviour, with Bob Arum fuming at his actions.

This is, of course, not Gutierrez's first infringement of weight. The Mexican was found four pounds over against Mijares in 2016.

Similarly, this is not the first time that Valdez has been frustrated by an overweight opponent.

Valdez beat Scott Quigg last year, but Quigg missed the cap by three pounds. Oscar suffered a broken jaw during the fight, putting him out of action for more than a year.

Boxers occasionally appear with an excess weight, however, it is usually so small that they can return to the scales within a couple of hours having worked off the remainder.

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Valdez will, however, remain on tonight's card with a fight against Adam Lopez still set to take place.

His opponent made the weight cap and was going to be on the undercard anyhow - his training will, therefore, not be with vain.

Speaking to BBC Sport, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said: "This is absolutely a clear indication of a dangerous tactic by Gutierrez to cut weight.

"This will be fully investigated to its fullest consequences."

Event promoter Bob Arum added: "We're throwing him out of the hotel.

"I have seen guys two or three pounds overweight, that is still unprofessional, but to come in at 11 pounds overweight is a disgrace - I have never seen anything like it."

Thirty-two-year-old Carl Frampton will face Tyler McCreary in the co-main event this evening.

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