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Frankie Gavin defeats Junior Witter to claim British welterweight title

1st November 2012

• Gavin gains unanimous points victory at York Hall
• Win extends Birmingham fighter’s unbeaten record

Frankie Gavin seized the British welterweight title from the champion Junior Witter with a unanimous points victory at York Hall.

Gavin’s professional career has failed to live up to expectations due to personal problems and indiscipline outside the ring but he delivered his finest win on Thursday night in Bethnal Green, London.

Extending his unbeaten record to 14 victories, the 27-year-old from Birmingham controlled the second half of the fight after working out Witter’s awkward style. His dominance was reflected on the scorecards, which read 119-109, 117-112, 117-110

Regularly switching stance and punching from awkward angles, the former WBC world light-welterweight champion provided Gavin with his toughest test yet before fading in the later rounds.

The cagey veteran was dismantled as Gavin’s class began to tell and while the fight was no classic, Britain’s only world amateur championships gold medal winner could be satisfied with an emphatic triumph.

The caution of the first round was followed by a more combative second, ignited when Gavin attacked with an early combination.

Witter’s unpredictability was making him difficult to hit and the 38-year-old from Sheffield bullied his opponent in a physical third that included a clash of heads.

A backhand left from Witter, who has now lost six out of his 49 fights, was the finest moment of a fifth round he controlled as Gavin struggled to land with any meaningful shots.

The sixth was a more productive round for Gavin with his aggressive work on the front foot asking more questions and a round later he was regularly connecting on the inside. Witter was warned for turning his back – something he had been doing regularly – and moments later he took a solid southpaw left on the jaw.

Wilting before Gavin’s work rate, Witter was becoming a far easier target to hit in the eighth and all the momentum was behind the challenger.

Another strong left hand rocked Witter and the increasingly ragged champion had a point deducted for holding in the 10th, with the final two rounds becoming all about survival. © 2012 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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