Glorious Gavin takes British welterweight title from Junior Witter
08:49 02 November 2012
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Frankie Gavin seized the British welterweight title from champion Junior Witter with a unanimous points victory at York Hall tonight.
Gavin’s professional career has failed to live up to expectations to date due to personal problems and indiscipline outside the ring, but tonight he delivered his finest win.
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, former WBC world light-welterweight champion Witter 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 workrate, 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.