Frankie Gavin Could Ditch Belt for Title Shot
By Phil Barnett, Press Association Sport (Dec 19, 2012)
Gavin insists there will be no room for sentiment if he has to dump the
prestigious British Lonsdale belt in order to secure a European
The domestic champion defends his crown for the first time against Jason Welborn at Walsall Town Hall on January 18.
Birmingham fighter earned the title by outsmarting wily veteran Junior
Witter recently and has been rewarded with a seemingly straightforward
assignment in nearby Walsall against local lad Jason Welborn.
"Nobody wanted to fight Witter, nobody was calling him out except me," the 27-year-old told Press Association Sport.
"I got myself into the mandatory position and did what I had to do to get the best of him.
dust has settled on that and it's about defending the title now. Jason
Welborn will do everything he can to get close to me and knock me out
but I've got different feelings about that.
"I'll use my ring smarts and ring craft and hopefully will have too much for him.
going to be a great atmosphere. He sells a lot of tickets, I do too,
it's going to be packed. It's great for me to be back in my local area
in a Brum v Black Country scrap."
(14-0, 10KOs), who is ranked in the European top 10, added: "It's very
important to me to keep busy and keep this belt but if the two defences
don't happen quickly and I get offered a European title shot or
something different of that stature then I'll take it.
"It's important that I keep winning. That's all that matters to me.
"I've got a winner's mentality. I just want to win, win, win. Whatever it takes."
Welborn (11-1, 5 KOs) is happy to postpone Christmas festivities in order to fulfil his dream.
said: "It's two local lads fighting in the local area and you don't
often get fights like this. That's why tickets have just flown out -
he's sold all of his and I've sold all mine. We're trying to get more.
"I've got to be good over Christmas but this is my Christmas present, to get that belt. I felt it earlier and I want it."
favourite Martin Gethin fights for the vacant British and Commonwealth
lightweight belts against Ben Murphy on the same bill.
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