By Chris Williamson
Barclaycard Arena (formerly NIA) , Birmingham, West Midlands - Former amateur world champion Frankie Gavin (now 24-3) won a scrappy eight rounder against Frenchman Renald "Le Lion" Garrido . After stating his intent to campaign at super lightweight, Gavin couldn't even make welter and Garrido (18-15-1) jumped straight on him from the first bell, hurting Gavin with a right hand and launching several unconventional attacks.
If Gavin - marked up as early as the second - had an air of entitlement about him then Garrido was seeking to beat it out of him.
The Birmingham fans are loyal and with the fight of the year contender with Sam Eggington still fresh in their memory, the southpaw remains a popular figure here. It was scrappy stuff but Gavin built up enough momentum after a shaky start to be declared the 77-75 winner.
Gamal Yafai (now 12-0) dropped his commonwealth title to challenge Sean Davis (12-1) for his minor WBC strap in a local super-bantamweight derby. The class, smooth boxing here was with Yafai after a and body shots dropped the determined Davis in the third and a follow up left hook nearly floored him a second time.
To his credit the game Davis fought back bravely before a nasty left hook at the start of the fifth had Davis in the floor again. The incredibly brave champion shrugged off a second knockdown in the round to again finish the session strongly.
Inevitably, two more body shot knockdowns in the seventh saw the bout stopped. Yafai looks to be going places.