Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin put in an almost faultless performance and defensive masterclass to outbox and then stop challenger Jason Welborn in the 7th round in what was the first defence of his British welterweight title at the Walsall Town Hall.
Gavin, 27, was always in control of this all Midland derby fight and the former amateur world champion shown the gulf in class was large and at times effortlessly dictated the action against a game Welborn who despite his efforts couldn’t get to grips with the impressive champion.
Gavin finally finished the fight when he dropped Welborn with a neatly chosen left hook to the body that sunk Welborn to his knee. He bravely beat the count and tried his hardest to fight back but Gavin ruthlessly went in for the finish and got it has a barrage of big shots as Welborn was on the ropes forced referee Ian John Lewis to intervene and stop the fight.
Gavin is hoping to make another two defences of his British strap to claim the Lonsdale belt outright and then he plans to move up to to European and world level. There are some big domestic fights at welterweight for Gavin that would wet the British boxing fans appetites. A fight with Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell is one that has Hugh potential written all over it. And then there is our No1 welterweight Kell Brook who fights Devon Alexander for the IBF world title in February. A defence against Frankie Gavin now theres a fight for the future.
Frankie Gavin is finally starting to live up to the hype and is proving what a master craftsman of the sweet science he is!
Walsall’s ‘Quiet man’ Martin Gethin made a lot of noise in the lightweight division when he claimed the vacant British title with an impressive ninth round stoppage over Ben Murphy on the undercard of the Gavin-Welborn fight.
Murphy started the fight well in the early rounds and had plenty of success, whilst Gethin got himself into the fight and got more into the fight has it wore on, finding his range and then countering and timing his work impressively to knock the fight out of Murphy.
Gethin’s extends his recent winning streak to nine since he suffered a hat-trick of losses in the space of six months five years ago. Potential big fights lie in wait for the new champion and there will be a host of British lightweight contenders in a hot division wanting a shot at the title. A potential fight with the winner of Anthony Crolla v Derry Mathews looks to be a natural progression in the division and Manchester’s English and Prizefighter champion Terry Flanagan is chomping at the bit for a shot at a Lonsdale belt. Welborn though can for now revel in his British title triumph and how deserved it is.
Journeyman Mark McKray produced the shock of the night when he blasted out the previously unbeaten Tom Shaw in the very first round. A big right hand dropped Shaw who got up but again was caught and the fight was stopped. McKray on a winning run of two fights now after 17 defeats and a draw on the bounce says he has put personal problems behind him and the best is yet to come, on this performance we believe him!
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