Glorious Gavin takes British welterweight title from Junior Witter

08:49 02 November 2012

Frankie Gavin falls to his knees in celebration after beating Junior Witter during there British Welterweight Title fight at York Hall, London. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Frankie Gavin falls to his knees in celebration after beating Junior Witter during there British Welterweight Title fight at York Hall, London. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Related articles

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - July 23

 

Latest Stories

Yesterday, 18:35
Great Britain's Jenny Jones with her bronze medal won in the Sochi Winter Olympics (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Snowboarder Jenny Jones has issued a desperate plea for help after her laptop containing all of her photographs of her Olympic success was stolen from her car.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:32
The cyclist's helmet camera captured the sickening moment that a car slammed into him [Picture from Youtube]

A cyclist was hit by a car in Romford, slammed into the windscreen and miraculously landed on his feet - and caught the whole thing on his helmet cam.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:22
The trio lured their victim to a secluded part of Hampstead Heath (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A woman lured her fiancé to a secluded part of Hampstead Heath before beating him to near death with the help of two other men so they could steal £200 from him.

Read more

TOP STORIES

Promotions

Renault Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the Zoe was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

Always wanted to create your own beer? Perfect Pint are giving you the chance.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

The Week subscription offer

London24 have partnered up with The Week magazine to offer you a complimentary issue – delivered free to your door.