Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Denton Vassell a free agent, could Gavin fight be close?

By Terence Dooley

Manchester's Denton Vassell, 28, had his promotional licence returned to him by Hatton Promotions earlier this year and the Commonwealth welterweight champion hopes that his free agent status will help secure a showdown with British champion Frankie Gavin, 27. Earlier today, the Manchester Evening News reported that the contest could take place as early as next month, but BoxingScene understands that terms have not been signed.

Vassell is managed by Scotland's Tommy Gilmour. The 20-0 (10) fighter hammered Oldham's Ronnie Heffron to defeat in November, taking Ronnie's '0' in the process, and he now wants to hand Birmingham's Gavin, 15-0 (11), his first professional defeat. Gavin, though, is in equally impressive form, he moved through the gears when defending his British title with a seventh-round stoppage of Tividale's Jason Welborn in January – his southpaw skills would present Vassell with a stern test.

Bob Shannon trains Vassell, he believes that the fight would be a huge shot in the arm for the British scene. “All I can really say is that it would be great news if it came through,” said Shannon when speaking to BoxingScene.

“Denton's not with Hatton Promotions any more, they did a lot for him during his career, but he's guided by his manager Tommy Gilmour now and we're just working hard in the gym to make sure that he's ready whenever a fight comes. I really respect Frankie, he's an exceptional fighter, very talented, and their styles would mix well.

“If they fought it would be a breath of fresh air for the boxing public, who deserve 50-50 fights like this – it would put British boxing back on the map. [Gavin's promoter] Frank Warren is a man who always delivers, he has done it for many years, and he brings fans the top British fights they want and need. Both lads just need to keep working hard in the gym to make sure it is the great fight that everyone thinks it could be.”

Certainly, the meeting would be bound to satisfy fans, it would pit Vassell's pressuring style and natural athleticism against Gavin's southpaw skills and boxing brain. If it comes to fruition it would be a great trade fight and a bona fide FOTY in prospect.

Please send news and views to [email protected] or Twitter @Terryboxing.

Tags: Denton Vassell image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bodyshot3 on 03-09-2013

Natural, good hurdle for Frankie to clear if he wants to breakthrough to world-class level.....and an opportunity for Vassell to make some decent money and perhaps cause a huge upset. Top fight....hope it happens.

Comment by witter87 on 03-09-2013

ronnie heffron is from oldham not bolton.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Jesus Rojas May Face Can Xu in Year-End Title Defense Yunier Dorticos Still Wants Revenge on Gassiev, Plots Return Canelo: I'll Look to KO Golovkin From Very First Round of Rematch Oleksandr Teslenko, Nicholson, Ivan Golub in Action in AC Devin Haney vs. Juan Carlos Burgos on September 28, ShoBox Photos: Bryant Jennings, Hart, Dimitrenko, Stevenson - Workouts Photos: Juan Francisco Estrada Grinds Hard For Superfly 3 Photos: Jayson Velez, Orlando Cruz - Go Face To Face De La Hoya Not Concerned Clenbuterol Will Taint Canelo's Legacy Photos: Frampton, Fury, Jackson, Pianeta - Open Workouts Devin Haney Obtains Promoter's License in California Carl Frampton Insists That He Has Learned From Past Mistakes Carlos Negron Inks Managerial With King Kong Boxing Bellew: I'm Chasing Greatness, Usyk Fight is Looking Likely Now Fury: I'm Still The Same Old G, I Want To Smash Wilder's Face In! Photos: Tyson Fury Looking Very Slim at Open Workout Antonio Tarver Arrested For Domestic Battery in Florida Abel Sanchez: No Beef? I Hope Canelo Stopped Eating Duck Too! Frank Warren: Fury-Wilder Winner Is World's Best Heavyweight Granados: Garcia Wouldn't KO Me, Either; Would Need Judges' Gift Tyson Fury: Let's Face It, Wilder Hasn't Really Fought Anybody Quigg: If Frampton Faces Warrington - Winner Has To Fight Me! BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week - August 15 James Branch To Return, October 6 In Leicester Fury: If Pianeta Chins Me - I'll Crawl Over and Kiss His Feet! Euro News: Rossing, Schwarz, Edis Tatli, Formella, Gamhour Ray Beltran: Lomachenko Must Beat Me To Get To Mikey Garcia Hugo Ruiz Makes Quiet Return, Aims To Reclaim World Title Katie Taylor - Documentary To Lift Lid on Split With Her Dad Top Rank's DuBoef on Decision To Go With ESPN, NVBHOF Nod Hearn Reacts To Critics: Miller vs. Adamek is NO Mismatch! Joseph Diaz, Manager To Meet: Decide on Weight Class Future Canelo 30-Day Weight For Golovkin Rematch - 167.4-Pounds Loeffler: Golovkin is 1 Win Away From Breaking Hopkins Record Fury: Wilder Coming Over Because He Knows Where Daddy Lives Arum is Firm: Murata To Face Quigley, Won't Bow To WBA Order Jermain Taylor - Domestic Violence Charges Are Dropped Tony Yoka's Appeal is Rejected, Doping Ban is Upheld By Judge Jacobs-Derevyanchenko Likely Headed to MSG Theater October 27 Derrick Webster Continues Streak, Stops Les Sherrington
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement