Valdez vs Lopez and Frampton-McCreary Weigh In Results

Gutierrez Overweight: Adam Lopez Steps Up to Face Oscar Valdez in Saturday’s ESPN+ Main Event.

Andres Gutierrez was removed from Saturday’s main event against former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez, as he weighed in at 141 pounds, 11 pounds above the contract weight.

Featherweight contender Adam Lopez (13-1, 6 KOs), from Glendale, Calif., stepped up to replace Gutierrez, and he will be in the opposite corner at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in a WBC super featherweight world title eliminator. Lopez was originally set to defend his Jr. NABF featherweight title against Luis Coria, but he jumped at the opportunity to face Valdez, who will be making his super featherweight debut.

Valdez-Lopez and Carl Frampton-Tyler McCreary will headline a super featherweight doubleheader live on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“I trained hard for three months making the sacrifices, and I am very upset with Andres Gutierrez,” Valdez said. “He was unprofessional. As soon as I heard 141 pounds, I still wanted to fight him, but my team and Bob Arum said Gutierrez was out. I give credit to Adam Lopez for stepping up. It will be a great fight tomorrow night.”

“It was surreal when I got the offer to fight Oscar,” Lopez said. “I‘ve known Oscar for a long time and I‘ve wanted this fight for a long time. I’m ready for it.

“Deep down, I’ll take anyone. Ultimately, I left it up to my trainer {Buddy McGirt}, and he gave the fight his blessing.

ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET)

Oscar Valdez 129.8 lbs vs. Adam Lopez 126 lbs
(WBC Super Featherweight world title eliminator — 10 Rounds)
* Lopez stepped in to face Valdez after original opponent Andres Gutierrez missed weight by 11 pounds
Judges/Referee: Glenn Feldman, Dave Moretti and Max De Luca/Russell Mora

Carl Frampton 128 lbs vs. Tyler McCreary 127.5 lbs
(Super Featherweight — 10 Rounds)
Judges/Referee: Eric Cheek, John McKaie and Steve Weisfeld/Kenny Bayless

ESPN+ (6:30 p.m. ET)

Carlos Adames 153.5 lbs vs. Patrick Teixeira 153.25 lbs
(Interim WBO Junior Middleweight world title — 12 Rounds)
Judges/Referee: Tim Cheatham. Glenn Trowbridge and Julie Lederman/Robert Byrd

Arnold Barboza Jr. 140 lbs vs. William Silva 139.5 lbs
(Jr. NABF Super Lightweight title — 10 Rounds

Guido Vianello 237 lbs vs. Colby Madison 239 lbs
(Heavyweight — 6 Rounds)

Andy Hiraoka 140 lbs vs. Rogelio Casarez 139.5 lbs
(Super Lightweight — 8 Rounds)

Brian Mendoza 146.2 lbs vs. Larry Gomez 146 lbs
(Welterweight — 8 Rounds)

SWING BOUTS

Xander Zayas 146.6 lbs vs. Virgel Windfield 148 lbs
(Welterweight – 4 Rounds)

Jared Anderson 237 lbs vs. Stephen Kirnon 214 lbs
(Heavyweight – 4 Rounds)

Undercards to feature interim WBO junior middleweight world title fight between top contenders Carlos Adames and Patrick Teixeira .

Four days before they let their fists fly at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former two-weight world champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton and former featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez paid a surprise holiday visit to Opportunity Village, a nonprofit serving Southern Nevadans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Frampton and Valdez toured the campus Tuesday morning, held a meet-and-greet with Opportunity Village clients, and visited the renowned and newly renovated Magical Forest.

In separate 10-round super featherweight bouts, Valdez will make his division debut against former world title challenger Andres Gutierrez, while Frampton will battle the unbeaten American Tyler McCreary (ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT).

Frampton (26-2, 15 KOs) is coming off nearly a one-year absence from the ring, as his planned August comeback bout was postponed after a freak accident at the fight hotel left him with a broken hand. Valdez (26-0, 20 KOs) made six defenses of his WBO featherweight world title before moving up to seek challenges against the likes of Frampton and WBC world champion Miguel Berchelt.

This is what Valdez and Frampton had to say about their upcoming bouts and their visit to Opportunity Village.

Oscar Valdez

On moving up to 130

“Making weight won’t be as difficult for me at 130 pounds. It won’t be easy, but not as hard as it was when I was fighting at 126. I have more energy in the gym and I feel healthy, which is the most important thing. You’ll see the difference in my fight Saturday against Andres Gutierrez.”

“I’ve been fighting at 126 my whole career, so it’s a long time coming. My last camps were more about cutting weight rather than training. It wasn’t healthy for me. I wasn’t eating much two, three days before the weigh-ins, so now I am in a much healthier position.”

On the future

“I want to fight Miguel Berchelt. Listen, there’s no personal beef there, but I feel like he’s the top guy at 130 pounds. I want to fight the best, and Berchelt is the best. I’m only focused on Gutierrez for now, but I also visualize the future.”

On Saturday’s fight

“Fans know I always give 100 percent in the ring, so you can expect a great battle on Saturday night. Andres Gutierrez is a tough guy who cannot be overlooked.”

On the visit to Opportunity Village

“Seeing this makes everyone want to be a better person and try and help our loved ones. If we can, why not support the great people at Opportunity Village? I thank them for their hospitality.”

Carl Frampton

On the injury that postponed his August fight

“I was upset at the time. I felt like a whole camp had been wasted, time away from my family had been wasted. Look, you just have to deal with it and move on and kind of try and forget about it and move on. I’m looking forward to the fight. By the time the fight comes around, it will be {nearly} a year since I’ve been in the ring.”

On McCreary

“McCreary is a good, hungry, young, undefeated kid, and this is his big chance. If he beats me, I’m pretty sure in his next fight he’ll fight for a world title. It’s not going to happen. I’ve prepared very hard for this fight. I’ve prepared like I’m an underdog, and I am going in to put on a show. To be honest, I want to win this fight, but I want to knock this kid out.”

On his future plans

“I’ve had some huge fights in my career. No matter who the opponent is, it’s always going to be the biggest fight because of the situation I’m in now. It’s a must-win. I have to win this fight to fight a champion in my next fight. I want to fight for a world title in my next fight, so I must beat Tyler McCreary.”

“The plan is to become a three-weight world champion. That’s my goal. Ireland has a rich history in boxing champions. We’ve produced so many great fighters — and we’re still doing it — but to be the guy on top and be the first and only guy to win three titles in three different divisions, it would mean the world to me. I want nothing more than my kids to be proud of me and say that their dad is a three-weight world champion.”

On the visit to Opportunity Village

“Many of us have loved ones who may not be as able-bodied as we are. This facility is fantastic. It was great to take a look around see all of the amazing work they do. You should give back to the community when you are in a position to do it.”

ESPN+, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Oscar Valdez vs. Andres Gutierrez, 10 rounds, super featherweight

Carl Frampton vs. Tyler McCreary, 10 rounds, super featherweight

ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT

Carlos Adames vs. Patrick Teixeira, 12 rounds, interim WBO junior middleweight world title

Arnold Barboza Jr. vs. William Silva, 10 rounds, Barboza’s Jr. NABF super lightweight title

Adam Lopez vs. Luis Coria, 10 rounds, Lopez’s Jr. NABF featherweight title

Guido Vianello vs. Colby Madison, 6 rounds, heavyweight

Andy Hiraoka vs. Rogelio Casarez, 8 rounds, super lightweight

Brian Mendoza vs. Larry Gomez, 8 rounds, welterweight

Swing Bouts

Xander Zayas vs. Virgel Windfield, 4 rounds, welterweight

Jared Anderson vs. Stephen Kirnon, 4 rounds, heavyweight

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Queensberry Promotions and MTK Global, tickets priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20 (general admission) are available online at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.

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