Gavin stops Welborn to make first Lonsdale defence
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.
Decorated: Gavin with the Lonsdale belt around his waist
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 (R) unloads a right hand into the
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
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.
It's a local affair for Frankie Gavin and Jason Welborn
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 unleashes a right hand into Junior Witter
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
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