After struggling with personal issues and coming through tough fights against Curtis Woodhouse and Young Mutley leading some to doubt the commitment of the talented former and only UK world amateur champion Gavin 13 (10) – 0 has looked fantastic against his last two opponents. With his upcoming fight with former world champion Junior Witter 41 (22) – 5 and two draws on the horizon being seen as a major step up in class it’s a make or break fight for the young Birmingham welterweight.
The 48 bout veteran (who has won his last four bouts) is still a dangerous fight owing to his vast experience at world level for the young Gavin whose defensive skills and body punching have been the most impressive parts of his game. Witter is an awkward fighter, few ever look very good against the Sheffield based slickster and it takes a reasonably high calibre of fighter to outgun Witter. Bradley and Alexander have gone on to the top of the sport after their victories, Gavin will be hoping to do the same if he wins.
The fight will likely be seen as a stepping stone to other fighters in the healthy welterweight division. With domestic clashes against Amir Khan and Kell Brook possibly on the horizon in addition to the Berto’s and Guerrero’s of the world this is a must win fight, anything less would be a major step back.
Gavin has been quoted as saying “This fight for me is the big breakthrough I need in my career that will really make people sit up and take notice, I feel like I’m getting better and better every day in the gym and this fight can’t come come soon enough, I’m ready to fight right now.”
In this writer’s opinion Gavin is one of the UK’s best prospects and given dedication and the right team could go all the way to the top, there are a wealth of great fights to be made at Welterweight and here’s hoping Gavin can be involved in them.
Frankie Gavin v Junior Witter is scheduled for the 1st of November at the York Hall, London and will be screened live on Boxnation.