Boxing Preview – Kell Brook vs Frankie Gavin

Boxing Preview – Kell Brook vs Frankie Gavin

10pm) Kell Brook vs Frankie Gavin

The main event of the evening sees one of the acclaimed World welterweight belts up for grabs as one of the top five welterweights on the planet returns to action in an all-British battle. The IBF World welterweight champion, Kell Brook, defends his belt against mandatory challenge and domestic rival, Frankie Gavin, in the biggest fight of Gavin’s career.

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Although this perhaps isn’t the all-British belt, fans wanted for Brook, it does pose an opportunity for Brook to bring the World stage to the UK and show his worth against a gutsy challenger. After being the subject of a knife attack following his World title win in America, suffering a twelve inch stab wound to his leg, Brook bounced back well with his first defence, beating Jo Jo Dan in lopsided fashion, stopping him in the 4th in March. He had previous beat Vyacheslav Senchenko in four rounds in the eliminator for the belt he holds today. He won that belt in storied fashion last August where he travelled to America to take on, and eventually beat stylishly, Shawn Porter, off the back of Porter’s incredible performance against Paulie Malignaggi. It was a huge win for Brook, and for British Boxing fans. Brook is unbeaten with a 34 win record.

 

Brook’s overall punching skill and ability is some of the most sparkling in the world today. His jab is incredibly strong, and his combination punching is made dangerous by crisp, accurate, and well-timed shots. His ability to adapt is a close comparative to Mayweather, and he’s very versatile to the styles he’s facing. His weaknesses aren’t obvious, the person to expose them was going to be Porter, but all Porter really showed was Brook’s tendency to get hit early on, whether it due to complacency, slow start, or just Porter’s style. But other than that, Brook hasn’t showed much willingness to fold.

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Not much is known about Gavin to the casual man, but the amateur World champion hasn’t really lived up to his largely sought after potential in the professional game so far. He has stepped in with contender level welterweights however, after losing a European title battle against Leonard Bundu in August last year across twelve rounds. He stopped an overmatched Mate Hornyak in two rounds in his rebound fight before winning an uninspired decision over Bradley Skeete in November. He most recently beat Bogdan Mitic on points on Brook – Dan undercard back in March. Gavin owns a 22 win record with 13 stoppages, and one single loss to Bundu.

As aforementioned, Gavin had one of the most sparkling amateur careers for a Brit, and it was headed by amateur World Championship win. His amateur ability was very gifted, and his technical ability is some of the best in the game, however that’s not really transferred too well over to the professional stage as his performances have been largely negative, and he’s tried to be more methodical as seen by some of the upper-level Boxers in the World. That being said, the ability is still there and on his day, it works. Gavin is largely unproven as professional and he’s also quite a small welterweight which is questionable against a big physical specimen like Brook.

 I think the World only really expects one result in this tilt, and I’d say that’s justified, but people need to remember that Gavin has been in with the best of them in the amateurs and the ability to perform well is definitely there. Regardless of that, I think this mandatory challenge is a bit of a sham and I would debate Gavin’s claim to be a contender at a World title in the most elite weight class in the World today. Brook has shown just how good he is, possibly the best British fighter in the ranks today, and I don’t think Gavin will expose any weaknesses that Porter failed to do. Brook will patiently pick apart Gavin in this contest before the referee has to step-in during the mid-late rounds of the fight, earning Brook another win, and probably a fight with Amir Khan, with the winner going on to a unification bout to face Floyd Mayweather.

Dan Glozier.

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