Frankie Gavin vs Jason Welborn : British Welterweight Title
Fighting at a very loud Walsall Town Hall, Frankie Gavin produced a punch perfect performance as he dominated over matched Jason Welborn over seven rounds. The former World Amature champion must now be looking at a higher level of opposition as he easily took apart his game but limited opponent. Welborn to his credit tried hard even landing the odd straight right early in the fight. It was to have no effect on the fight as Gavin countered perfectly from his southpaw stance landing quick and eventually hurtful combinations.
There was a maturity about Frankie Gavin tonight. Welborn constantly came forward trying to bull his way in at every opportunity. Gavin though was in fine form as he was able to stay in punching range slipping Welborns punches and lading his quick combinations. The straight left to the body was the opener for Gavin. Many times it was start point for his attack as he peppered Welborn round after round. The footwork was certainly impressive, Welborn after round 3 just could not land anything of note.
Welborn began tiring in the 4th as Gavin's precise body work was beginning to take effect. The 5th round was the quietest of the round, Gavin was still boxing, moving, pecking away at welborn wearing him down. In the 6th it was the beginning of the end as Birmingham man Gavin started to plant his feet and land those solid lefts to the body. It was that exact punch in the 7th that floored Welborn as he moved in close. Gavin timed the Tividale man perfectly with a quick straight left. Welborn was hurt. Stunned Welborn took the eight count from referee Ian John Lewis and bravely continued. It wasn't long before Gavin went for the kill pushing Welborn to the ropes and landing multiple punches. Ian John Lewis had saw enough and jumped in to save Welborn. A good stoppage from a ref who has been under the microscope recently. The time was 2.35 of the seventh round. Winner and sill British welterweight champion Frankie Gavin.
So what does the future hold for Frankie Gavin. In the build up to the fight Gavin mentioned that only Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell could tempt him into an all British affair. Kell Brook was also mentioned although correctly Frankie said that Kell was more experienced and at another level from him.......AT THE MOMENT. In his post fight interview Gavin mentioned the possibility of a European title shot, currently held by Italian 38 year old Leonard Bundu who has been champion since 2011. Personally i think this is a great fight especially if Frank Warren can get the Italian over to the UK. It would also begin to open door to the world level, something that many on the boxing forums feel Frankie should be fighting at NOW.
Frankie Gavin now moves to 15-0 (11Ko's), Welborn who will be back falls to 11-2 with 5 early wins.
Below is my scorecard along with the Press and fans scores i was able to gather for this fight
Round 1.... 10-9 Gavin
Round 2.... 10-9 Gavin
Round 3.... 10-9 Gavin
Round 4.... 10-9 Gavin
Round 5.... 10-9 Gavin
Round 6.... 10-9 Gavin
Total : 60-54 Frankie Gavin at the time of stoppage
Boxing Press and Fan Scores
Fightersrated : 60-54 Gavin
BoxingOpinions : 60-54 Gavin
Daniel Vano (Checkhookboxing) : 60-54 Gavin
Mathew Mojica (Thefightsource) : 60-54 Gavin
John Rawling (Boxnation) : 60-54 Gavin
Barrie Jones (Boxnation) : 60-54 Gavin
Anthony Crolla (Boxnation) : 60-54 Gavin
Steve Bunce (Boxnation) : 60-54 Gavin
Fight Ghost : 60-54 Gavin
Tommy Allan (Boxingasylum) : 60-54 Gavin
LiveFight.com : 60-54 Gavin
Corey Quincey (Saddoboxing) : 60-53 Gavin
Chris Maylett (British Boxers) : 60-54 Gavin
Alexey Sukachev (Boxingscene) : 60-54 Gavin
Boxing Asylum Forum : 2x 60-54 Gavin
LiveFight Forum : 2x 60-54 Gavin , 60-55 Gavin
Ringnews24 Forum : 1x 60-54 Gavin
Eastsideboxing Forum 1x 60-54 Gavin
Boxingscene Forum : 1x 60-54 Gavin
Alex B (Twitter Fan) : 60-54 Gavin
Craig Hutchison (Twitter Fan) : 60-54 Gavin