Frankie Gavin Has a Busy Schedule Set For 2013

Frankie Gavin believes he has bigger fish to fry than Jason Welborn as he prepares to defend the British welterweight title against his local rival.

Birmingham's Gavin, Britain's only world amateur champion, faces Black Country challenger Welborn at a sold-out Walsall Town Hall in a rare local outing.

The bout is Gavin's first title defence having picked up the famous Lonsdale belt against former world champion Junior Witter in November and he is keen to stay busy.

The 27-year-old hopes to beat Welborn and defend the belt two more times before moving to European and world level as quickly as possible.

"I've been told I'll be fighting again in April and then in June," Gavin said. "Then in September I want another fight, perhaps for the European title or maybe an international or interim world title. By the end of the year I'll be ready for a world title.

"It's important to me to keep busy and keep this belt but if the two further defences don't happen quickly and I get offered a European title shot or something different of that stature then I'll take it.

"It's important that I keep winning. That's all that matters to me.

"I've got a winner's mentality. I just want to win, win, win. Whatever it takes."

While Welborn can hardly boast the pedigree and technical acumen of his accomplished opponent, Gavin cannot take the Rowley Regis fighter lightly.

"Gavin's a good boxer and will expect me just to come forward, missing my shots and making him look good," the 26-year-old (11-1, 5KOs) admitted.

"But I've been working on technique and will be taking the fight to him, so if he thinks he can stand with me then he can try it.

"In my recent fight against Scott Haywood I broke the guy's jaw and I wasn't even trying to do that, it just came because of my technique and my looseness. I don't try to force the big shots, they just come."

Friday night's joint bill-topper sees Walsall's Martin Gethin clash with Hove's Ben Murphy for the vacant British lightweight crown.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by NoLove on 01-18-2013

He looks tiny for a 147. I cant believe he is 5ft 10. He looks like 5ft 6. If he had power he would be an incredible prospect.

Comment by Thickear on 01-18-2013

With the right conditioning and dedication Gavin could certainly make 140 and would have a chance of getting amongst the elite in that division, but the dedication isn't there. Amir Khan is still making 140 and Khan is much bigger…

Comment by D-MiZe on 01-17-2013

I'm adamant he can make 140 but if he says he can't, then at least grow into 147. He's reverted back to his old amateur trainer too.

Comment by Tom Cruise on 01-17-2013

[QUOTE=Prince_Pugilist;12924813]Gavin has been a bit of an enigma for me. A very good amateur who when he turned pro, was thought of as the best of s bunch that included DeGale and Saunders. Now I'm not so sure...[/QUOTE] He still…

Comment by Prince_Pugilist on 01-17-2013

Gavin has been a bit of an enigma for me. A very good amateur who when he turned pro, was thought of as the best of s bunch that included DeGale and Saunders. Now I'm not so sure...

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