Gavin Passes The Test Against Witter
AS WITH many of the hot prospects shown on BoxNation this year,
Frankie Gavin has set himself up very nicely for a make-or-break
The 27-year-old Birmingham fighter has shaken off the "Funtime"
tag and now possesses much more maturity, all of which was on show
during a confident, low-key British Welterweight title win over
Junior Witter last night.
Although it wasn't edge of the seat stuff for the watching York
Hall crowd, Gavin will be pleased with the level of control he was
able to exert over his wily, 38-year-old opponent in the later
rounds. The only real moment of alarm came when the challenger
suffered a cut to the bridge of his nose after a clash of heads in
the opening stanza.
Gavin was also forced to contain Witter's energetic start to the
fight, though this soon tapered away as the fight moved in to the
middle rounds. The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medal winner grew
into the fight, perhaps responding to words of wisdom from his
corner, although he never completely hit his stride at any
In the tenth, a point deduction for holding left Witter knowing
he needed to stop the fight prematurely. The big charge never came,
and Witter's British title reign ended with a whimper rather than a
The judges' scorecards reflected the comfort and ease of Gavin's
evening, all returning in his favour to win 117 - 112, 119 - 109,
117 - 110.