Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin has vowed to fight on and wants a rematch with city rival Sam Eggington (23-3, 14 KOs) following Saturday night’s eighth-round TKO defeat to his welterweight rival.
Gavin failed to make the 147lb weight limit so the vacant WBC International welterweight title was only on the line for “The Beast”, who took the fight by the scruff of the neck once it went past the midway point.
Despite suffering knockdowns in round three and six, not to mention the bludgeoning he took as the fight ended, Gavin believes he can learn from the experience and regroup down at 140lbs.
“I think I can be a world champion at light-welter,” he told the Birmingham Evening Mail. “I’m a bit down. The three judges had me ahead, it could’ve gone either way. I could’ve made 10st 7lbs, but the British Boxing Board of Control wouldn’t let me [after refusing to let him lose more weight after failing a check weigh-in].
“Eddie (Hearn) talked about a rematch after the fight and if it’s on the table, I’ll take it. Sam’s a big welterweight—he’s a light-middle who drags himself down. He was bigger, a lot bigger. And he can punch —not knockout power, but you feel it. I don’t think me making the weight was a factor.”
“Eddie said I’d made a statement,” added Gavin.
The 31-year-old must now regroup following his third loss, previous reverses to Leonard Bundu (L SD 12 in 2014) and IBF holder Kell Brook (L TKO 6 last May) were hard to take, but losing to Eggington will be an even bigger blow and could signal the beginning of the end of his title hopes.