Frankie Gavin headed into his fight with David Barnes knowing that a victory would ensure that he keeps the Lonsdale belt outright.
Gavin came into the fight as the British and Commonwealth Welterweight Champion and in good confidence following a fantastic display last time out. Gavin’s last fight was against the then also unbeaten Denton Vassell.
Gavin produces a fantastic display of technical boxing and completely outclassed Vassell in a fight that many expected to be a real 50-50 affair. Gavin even broke Vassell’s jaw and forced the stoppage. It was a brilliant display and really got people talking about Gavin and his undoubted potential.
Unfortunately Gavin didn’t produce anywhere near the same level of performance in this fight and it produced a slow, lethargic fight of little interest. I will be honest in saying that I completely lost interest in the fight part way through because there was so little going on.
Neither fighter wanted to commit and both were looking to be defensive which obviously favoured the technically good Gavin. Gavin was awarded a dominant victory on the score-cards of 119-111, 117-112, 118-112.
It was a really disappointing performance on the night but Gavin remains undefeated at 17-0 and will be looking to make a step-up in class soon. A step up may actually mean that we see the best of Gavin as he will actually be tested. Barnes simply wasn’t good enough to challenge Gavin and it was a boring fight.
Next time out I really want to see Frankie produce a top performance because he has such good natural ability and was a top amateur. He is far too good to be producing performances like last night!
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