16 September 2010 – Ross Thompson-Jenkins
Frankie Gavin has promised to bring the Irish light welterweight title back to the country when he visits next week. The Birmingham born boxer has Irish parents and this weekend faces Michael Kelly for his first belt.
It means a lot, my mum was born in Ireland, my Dad was born there, so it means everything to me. Im going back next week and I want to take the belt with me Gavin said.
Titles are going to come I know that for a fact. This is the hardest I have ever trained and the lightest I have been. I couldnt be hungrier, I am bored of six and eight rounders and I just want to fight for titles now. Come fight night expect big things from me.
It will be Gavins eighth professional fight since signing forms with Frank Warren in early 2009. With six knockouts on his record both fighter and trainer, Anthony Farnell, would like to see him take this opponent late to get fight experience.
Hes been the best I have seen him since he turned pro Farnell said. The more rounds he can do the better he can be and this kid could take him a long way, either distance or late stoppage. He has done 12 rounds in sparring so I know he can do it but for his own mind Id like him to have a long fight and show his boxing skills.
The former amateur world champion was seen by many as the leading prospect when promoter Frank Warren signed his three Olympians, James De Gale, Billy Joe Saunders and Gavin. Its a view many still subscribe to despite De Gales quick succession to intercontinental contention.
Frankie is a great prospect and providing he can behave himself he can be a world champion. says promoter Frank Warren.
Gavins first title fight forms part of The Magnificent Seven show, Live on Sky Box Office HD from 6pm, this Saturday.