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Gavin vs Welborn

Frankie Gavin profileJason Welborn

GavinversusWelborn

18th January 2013 , 20:00 GMT

 

The British Welterweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

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.

Frankie Gavin 4
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.

Frankie Gavin (R)Gavin (R) unloads a right hand into the challenger

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.

Pre-fight analysis

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 Hits Witter

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 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.

 

Gethin vs Murphy

Martin GethinBen Murphy

Gethin versus Murphy

18th January 2013 , 20:00 GMT

 

The Vacant British Lightweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

Gethin warms to his task and puts Murphy away in the ninth

Walsall's Martin Gethin won the vacant British Lightweight title when he ended this fight in the ninth after relentless work to the body of Ben Murphy.

Martin Gethin LonsdaleGethin holds aloft the Lonsdale belt

 

Gethin, 29, fights under the name "The Quiet Man," and it was a muted start for the home town favourite. Despite giving away almost three inches, 5ft 3½in former British champion Murphy took the opening three rounds, mostly on the strength of his jab.

It wasn't until the fourth round that Gethin awoke from his slumber. He first contained Murphy's jab before responding with repeated combinations to the body which would eventually take their toll.

Martin Gethin V Ben MurphyGethin (R) looked the better fighter, when he finally got going in the fourth round

Murphy was fortunate to come through the eighth round as referee Marcus McDonnell became noticeably interested in calling an early end to proceedings. And in the ninth, with Gethin stepping up his body line approach, McDonnell intervened to crown Gethin the new British Lightweight Champion.

Pre-fight analysis

Gethin v Murphy

Two British lightweights clash with the vacant British and Commonwealth titles on the line. Former English Lightweight champion Gethin will be the favourite, while Murphy gets a second chance for the British title.

 

Keane vs McPhilbin

Chris KeaneShane McPhilben

Keane versus McPhilbin

18th January 2013 , 20:00 GMT

 

The Vacant Midlands Area Cruiserweight Championship

Post-fight analysis

Impressive Keane overpowers lacklustre McPhilbin

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 Knocks Down Mc PhilbinKeane (R) marched to a dominant win over McPhilbin

 

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.

 

Pre-fight analysis

McPhilbin looking to rebuild against 8 - 0 Keane

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.

Mc Philbin Knocks Down MaccMcPhilbin downed Maccarinelli in the first round, before he was controversially saved by the bell

 

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.

 

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