Boxing

Frankie Gavin set for European title bout

Victory over Leonard Bundu could set Frankie Gavin on the road to a world title (©GettyImages)
Victory over Leonard Bundu could set Frankie Gavin on the road to a world title (©GettyImages).

Since turning over from a highly decorated amateur career, in which he became the only Briton to ever win a gold medal at the senior World Amateur Championships, the British and Commonwealth titleholder Frankie Gavin has had very few problems inside the squared circle.

With the exception of a 12-round split decision triumph over footballer turned fighter, Curtis Woodhouse, Gavin has floated to a terrific 19-0 (12 KOs) record.

Breezed past opponents

The 28-year-old Birmingham resident has positively breezed through every test since that torrid tussle with the brave Driffield brawler, he has banished his demons away from the ring and he has fully dedicated his life to his craft.

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Comfortable wins over respected opposition like Junior Witter, Jason Welborn, Denton Vassell and David Barnes have seen the slippery southpaw pick up and earn the beautiful Lord Lonsdale belt for keeps.

Now that he has cleaned up on the domestic scene, Gavin finds himself highly-ranked by the four major sanctioning organisations (WBC 12, WBA 4, IBF 5 and WBO 4) and a victory over Bundu will almost guarantee him a big fight against one of the household names in the fashionable 147-pound division.

Opponent demands respect

Bundu is no mug, though. The Italian switch-hitter is undefeated in the paid ranks in 32 outings, is ranked in the top five by the WBC and the IBF, and he also enjoyed a successful career in the amateur code.

He picked up a bronze medal in the World Amateur Championships and he represented Italy in the Olympic Games in Sydney, where he defeated Daniel Geale in the round of 32.

At 39-years-old, Bundu’s best form could be behind him. During his back and forth battle with Colchester slugger, Lee Purdy, in December of 2013, he showed spells of brilliance and just as many spells of vulnerability.

Best years behind him?

Purdy shook him up with heavy punches and bossed the action during the middle rounds before losing steam and allowing the visitor to regain control and snatch the win.

Gavin is a master boxer with fast hands, balletic footwork, sharp counter punching and remarkable defensive skills. Bundu is also a very capable boxer, but his movement doesn’t appear to be as fluid as that of the challenger and he does get caught with regularity.

Also on the bill, undefeated Australian heavyweight, Lucas Browne, will take on Andriy Rudenko of Ukraine. The two undefeated behemoths will do battle for the WBA Inter-continental title.

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