Gavin wins British Title In A Snoozer
Junior Witter vs Frankie Gavin - British Welterweight Title
In his 13 fights previously and I'm guessing for the rest of his career, Frankie Gavin will not come across a more awkward and frustrating fighter in Junior Witter. Tonight at the famous York Hall Bethnal Green, Birmingham's Gavin ground out a 12 round unanimous decision over the former WBC lightwelterweight champion.
They say styles make fights??. Well this fight will not be on any highlight reel although in Gavin's case it was more important to get the win, rather than look good. In fact as John Rawling mentioned on the Boxnation televised show," Does anybody look good vs Junior Witter"?.
The first 3-4 rounds were fought at a very slow pace with little or nothing landing of quality. These rounds could have went either way although on my card i had Gavin winning 3 of the first 4 rounds due to the right hook landing once in a while. Round 5 started with a double straight left from southpaw Gavin. Witter responded with his own straight left. Was it finally heating up? NO it wasn't as Gavin began to push the 38 year old Witter back but again nothing of note was really landing.
From the 7th round onwards it was all Gavin who continually pushed Witter back lunging in with crude body shots followed by the odd right hook. By this time Witter started clowning about probably knowing the fight wasn't going the way he wanted. This prompted Referee Marcus McDonnell to deduct a point in the 10th as Witter stopped the action on numerous occasions.
In possibly the last round of his career Witter danced, switched his feet constantly and basically began messing Gavin about. For some strange reason it worked as Gavin didn't land any effective punches. Witter won the round as he was able to land his jab, something that he was unable to do for the previous 11 rounds.
After 12 rounds that many would rather forget, Frankie Gavin was proclaimed the champion by the 3 judges. Gavin will now hope to more active and at 27 must be hitting the peak years in his career. Witter must now retire. I cant see many younger guys wanting to fight him due to his style. Witter has done himself proud though winning the WBC 140lb Title along with the British, European and Commonwealth straps at 140. Add another British title at 147 and you can see that Witter has had a more than decent career.
Round 1.... 10-9 Witter
Round 2.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 3.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 4.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 5.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 6.... 10-10 Draw
Round 7.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 8.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 9.... 9-10 Gavin
Round 10.. 9-10 Gavin...................Witter Deducted 1 point in this round
Round 11.. 9-10 Gavin
Round 12.. 10-9 Witter
TOTAL : 118-111 FRANKIE GAVIN
Judges Scores: Ian John Lewis - 119-109 Gavin
Mark Green - 117-112 Gavin
Dave Parris - 117-110 Gavin
FRANKIE GAVIN WINS BY UNANIMOUS DECISION
Boxing Press and Fan Forums Scores
Steve Lillis (Boxnation) - 116-113 Gavin
FightGhost - 117-110 Gavin
Tommy Allan (BoxingAsylum) - 119-108 Gavin
Billy Ferguson (FighthypeUK) - 117-110 Gavin
John A McDonald (Thaboxingvoice) - 116-111 Gavin
Adam Abramowitz (SN Boxing) - 116-111 Gavin
Tom Gray (secondsout.com) - 115-112 Gavin
No Holds Barred - 116-111 Gavin
Kevin Mitchell (Guardian Newspaper) - 117-110 Gavin
Boxing Opinions - 117-112 Gavin
Phil D Jay (WorldBoxingNews.net) 116-110 Gavin
Boxingasylum Forum (all for Gavin) 119-109, 117-110, 118-109
Livefight Forum - 118-112 Gavin
Ringnews24 Forum (all for Gavin ) 116-112 x2
Doghouseboxing Forum - 116-111 Gavin
Boxrec Forum - 116-110 Gavin
Eastsideboxing Forum (all for Gavin) 115-112 x2, 116-111 x2, 118-110, 116-112, 118-109
Checkhookboxing Forum (all for Gavin) 117-110, 118-110
Saddoboxing Forum - 117-110 Gavin