18 January 2013, 20:00:00
A sold out Walsall Town Hall was the scene for Frankie Gavin's latest triumph; a confident British Welterweight title defence against fellow Midlands fighter Jason Welborn.
Gavin was the better fighter throughout the contest, until his supremacy told in the seventh and he ended the challenger's night with an aggressive salvo led to a seventh round TKO.
Roared on by a sold out Walsall Town Hall, Gavin moved to 15 - 0 and put further distance between himself and the "Funtime" tag that has dogged his early career. The discipline that the 27-year-old now applies to his life outside the ring is paying dividends within it, and he looked fit and focused as he overcame a potentially tough customer in the 11 - 1 Jason Welborn.
Gavin's ring craft was on full display as he made a successful first defence of the British title. Welborn was set on fighting off front foot, and only caused minor alarm in the third round when he cornered the champion and rained in with some potentially damaging blows.
The former world amateur titlist still recovered to win the
round, and likely all nine rounds. In that concluding round, Gavin
first dropped Welborn to one knee before finishing him off seconds
later, once he had regained his footing.
Walsall Town Hall is the venue for these two Brummie brawlers. The 14 - 0 Frankie Gavin stages a first defence of the British Welterweight title he won from Junior Witter live on BoxNation in November. And, challenging for his Lonsdale belt, is an 11 - 1 26-year-old Tividale native Jason Welborn.
Welborn is the current BBBofC Midlands Area belt holder at welterweight, and suffered his only career defeat in 2006 against Tyan Booth in only his second professional bout. He's since gone over five years unbeaten, and presents another tough challenge for Gavin as he progresses towards European level.
Frankie Gavin has impressed on each of his three BoxNation outings in 2012. He started the year with a third round TKO of Kevin McIntyre on the Cleverly-Karpency undercard, before Lazslo Komjathi suffered a fifth round retirement at his hands in May.
Gavin rounded off a hattrick of wins in the year when he defeated Junior Witter on a unanimous decision to secure the British title.
The 27-year-old has come a long way from his past moniker of "Funtime Frankie," ditching the playboy lifestyle and getting serious about his career, and it's paying big dividends.
2013 will be a big year for Gavin as he looks to progress to the next level, and it starts with defending his British strap for the first time.
18 January 2013, 20:00:00
Almost a year to the day since his shock 12th round British title win over Leon "Solid" Williams, Shane McPhilbin was outgunned and outshone by the powerful Chris Keane.
Keane improved to 9 - 0, and secured his first professional title, the Midlands Area Cruiserweight belt, with his third round TKO of the former British champion.
He downed Bulwell brawler McPhilbin on three occasions in the third round to call an early end to proceedings.
Former British champion Shane McPhilbin is looking to build his way back to Lonsdale belt contention, and faces Wallsall's unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Chris Keane.
The Bulwell fighter started 2012 strongly, shocking the division with his January 13th British Cruiserweight title win over Leon Williams with a late TKO. The 26-year-old then lost the Lonsdale belt during his first attempt at a defence, although the his defeat at the hands of Enzo Maccarinelli was tainted with controversy after the bell for the first round sounded 47 seconds early with Enzo Macc in all sorts of trouble.
Maccarinelli himself then vacated the belt after receving a six-month ban for inadvertently using a performance enhancing drug. This paved the way for McPhilbin to have a shot at regaining the belt, but he suffered a disappointing defeat to Jon Lewis Dickinson.
Now McPhilbin needs to rebuild his reputation, and it starts with a tricky bout against an 8 - 0 up and comer who already has three knockouts to his name.