Former amateur world champ Frankie Gavin drops Kevin McIntyre harder than his Funtime nickname

25 Feb

  Tommy Barber – London

A fighter as famous for his skills inside the ring as he is his problems outside of it, Frankie Gavin returned to the squared circle after a seven month absence but fought like he had never left. The welterweight, whose 2011 was lackadaisical due to underwhelming decision wins over Young Mutley and Curtis Woodhouse, stormed to a third round knockout over a former champion of the Celtic and British championships at 147lbs; Kevin McIntyre.

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Barber’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
McIntyre
9 9 8

Gavin
10 10 10

Official verdict: Gavin prevails by third round KO.

Inspired by the defensive genius of Pernell Whitaker, Frank Gavin – Britain’s sole amateur world champion – frustrated McIntyre with his southpaw stance, his elusive movement and his continuously clean punches. In round two, Gavin’s head movement really was exquisite… he may not attract the plaudits that are lavished upon welterweight bangers such as Andre Berto or Thomas Dulorme, but his defensive acumen is as on point as Matthew Hatton or Paul Malignaggi’s.

The headlines, though, may favour Gavin this time around as, in the third round of their match-up at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday, February 25, the Birmingham boxer scored a stunning knockout as he dropped McIntyre to his knees with a gut-wrenching body shot; an uppercut thumped into the chin raised his man’s guard and Gavin required no second invitation to land his right hand into the open solar plexus.

“I’m back in the ring where I belong to be,” Gavin explained to BoxNation. “I’ve had my problems and I owe more to [promoter] Frank Warren [after Warren continued to show faith in Gavin despite his withdrawal from action late last year].

“In the first round I wanted to get myself back inthere after seven months out. This is the new Frankie Gavin. I’m punching harder at the weight. There’s no Funtime [in Funtime Frankie] anymore.”

Warren added: “It’s good what he done tonight,” however, Warren was also swift to add that the unbeaten professional, a star from the amateur circuit, is officially on report: “What he’s gotta focus on is that he’s got to continue doing this otherwise there’s no future.

“He slipped behind last year, he should be a champion by now but we’ll get him back in four or five weeks time. He has tremendous talent but you’ve got to have discipline with it.”

With the win, Gavin saw his record move to 12-0-0, 9ko.

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