By Shaun Brown
British and Commonwealth welterweight champion, Frankie Gavin 19-0 (12) announced on Twitter earlier today that he will challenge for the European title against holder Leonard Bundu 30-0-2 (11) on August 1 at a venue to be confirmed.†
(The European Boxing Union website states that the contest will take place in Wolverhampton.)
Bunduís last defence was in fact on British shores when he stopped the game Lee Purdy in the twelfth round of their contest last December in London. Gavin, a two-time world amateur medallist, will be facing his toughest test to date against the 39 year old veteran and will be looking to better his best performance to date when the gifted 28 year old outclassed Denton Vassell TKO7 last June when defending his British and Commonwealth titles.
Gavin, promoted by Frank Warren, was dropped in the second round of his most recent fight against Sacky Shikukutu but eventually came through with a UD12 victory Namibian. That blip highlighted the fact that Gavin struggles to get up for opponents that arguably donít motivate him. A fight against Bundu certainly will and a win for Gavin could set up a world title shot for the WBO ranked number-three contender.
BoxingScene.com caught up with Gavin who was in confident mood looking ahead to the fight.†
ďItís a great step-up for me and obviously the best fight Iíve ever fought,Ē Gavin believes. ďWhen Iíve had the step-up thatís when youíve seen the best of me. As an amateur when I went all around the world I boxed fighters that were better than Leonard Bundu. I expect to win, win well. Technically Iím better than him, Iím younger than him, fresher than him and expect to win comfortably to be fair and the European belt to my collection and hopefully thatíll move me into top three in all the organisations.Ē
Gavin also gave his thoughts on Bunduís last defence against Purdy.
ďI watched it live. From about the seventh or eighth round I thought Purdy was going to get him out of there,Ē Gavin commented. ďBut then he just blew up and kept going forward in straight lines and someone with the skill and mindset of Bundu it plays into his hands and it made him look good.†
ďDonít get me wrong he is good but heís coming up against a completely different obstacle in me. Iím not gonna walk forward without moving my head trying to knock him out. Iíll be looking to pick my shots and land a lot more than he lands. If the knockout comes it comes. Iíll be prepared for a hard twelve rounds and the best man will win.Ē
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