British welterweight prospect Frankie Gavin defeated former World Boxing Council Light Welterweight champion Junior Witter last night to claim the British Welterweight Title and get his career back on track.
Gavin was an excellent amateur boxer who won a bronze medal in the 2005 EU Amateur Championships and then followed with successive gold medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2007 World Amateur Championships and 2008 EU Amateur Championships.
Starting life well as a professional boxer, Gavin raced off to an 11-0 record, capped off with obtaining the World Boxing Organization Intercontinental Welterweight Title by outpointing fellow Brit, and former professional soccer player, Curtis Woodhouse in July 2011.
That's when the wheels fell off.
Gavin went through personal problems outside boxing, including bereavement, illness and relationship troubles, that affected his focus on his career.
Gavin pulled out of a 2011 WBO Intercontinental Welterweight clash after reportedly walking out on training with no explanation, leaving promoter Frank Warren scrambling to rescue the ticket.
Those problems, according to Gavin, are now behind him and he is ready to make up for lost time.
The fight with Witter was Gavin's third of 2012, and saw him step up the level of competition he was facing.
Witter, a former world title holder, was a great test for Gavin. A fast-handed switch-hitter with experience in world title fights, and who still holds a Top 20 ranking in the stacked welterweight division according to iboboxing.com, Witter would let us see how Gavin's progression has come along.
In a fight that lacked the type of explosive action fans crave, Gavin showed he can handle a difficult, experienced fighter, as he raced to a dominant decision victory.
If Gavin can continue his recovery from the personal problems that plagued his 2011, and if he can secure more fights that can challenge his abilities, he could continue his rise through the welterweight division and become yet another highly regarded prospect within a division loaded with talent.
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