British Welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin will miss out on
Christmas dinner but says he'll make up for it by feasting on
challenger Jason Welborn on Friday 18th January at Walsall Town
Unbeaten Gavin will train throughout the festive season as he
prepare to make the first defence of the title that he won last
month when he outclassed former champ Junior Witter, live and
exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
The 27-year-old from Birmingham met head-to-head with his West
Midlands rival today and says he'll be hungry for the big finish on
"Training and watching what you eat for a fighter is hard at the
best of times, but doing it over Christmas and New Year is an
absolute nightmare," said Gavin.
Gavin (R) looked strong when beating Junior Witter
"I love my Christmas dinner - especially my mum's - she does a
blinding job with the turkey, roast potatoes and all the trimmings,
but this year all it's going to be is a bit of boiled chicken with
a small portion of rice.
"Normally you need some hate to fire you up for a fight, but
this will make me a hungry fighter on the night and I'll be tearing
into Wellborn instead with plenty of big shots, he'll get a good
stuffing for sure."
Welborn is coming off a good ten round points win over Jan Balog
at the Civic Hall last month, with three back-to-back stoppages
prior to that and has only lost once in 12 fights, but Gavin is
confident he has the tools to stop him.
He added, "Welborn is a good strong fighter and comes forward,
it will be totally different to the Witter fight which was awkward
and messy until I started to get through to him.
"With my aggressive counter-punching it will be a good fight and
I'll be hitting him with plenty of combinations that will make me
"This is the start of a big year for me and Welborn is in the
Frankie Gavin after beating Witter live on
Gavin v Welborn, promoted by Frank Warren and Errol Johnson,
headlines a three title card also featuring Walsall's Martin Gethin
against Hove's Ben Murphy for the Vacant British and Commonwealth
Lightweight Championship and the Vacant English Cruiserweight
Championship between Walsall's Chris Keane and Bulwell's Shane
An action-packed undercard includes Stourbridge welterweight
Steven Pearce; Stafford middleweight Grant Cunningham; Cannock
light-welterweight Dave Egan and Burton-on-Trent light-welter Tom
Remaining tickets, priced at £30 and £60, and are available from
Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.