On Saturday 22 October Frankie Gavin will battle Sam Eggington for the WBC International welterweight title. However far more is on the line for the two Birmingham based boxers. The bill has been named “Bragging Rights” and each fighter aims for Brummie supremacy.
Undoubtedly Gavin is the more skilled and experienced of the two having a vast/decorated amateur background and having fought the better opposition. The aggression and power lies with Eggington. He likes to press the attack in search of the knockout from round one.
Both fighters share common opponents in Denton Vassel and Bradley Skeet. The former title challenger had the greater success in these fights knocking out Vassel in seven and decisioning Skeete. His opponent knocked out Vassel also, however he was stunned in the fight and took an round extra to do the job. He also lost his British and Commonwealth titles to Skeete on a unanimous decision.
“The Savage” will try to live up to his name and rough up his slicker opponent. He will aim to cut off the ring against his fleet footed opponent and unleash in flurries on the inside. The combination punching will be two fold. Firstly to break down Gavin as the fight wears on especially to the body which has looked vulnerable in the Bundu and Brook fights. Secondly this will counteract the intelligent counter punches of his opponent who likes his single shot counters. He may have to take some counters on the way in but will try to remedy this by punch output.
Frankie should look to the Skeete fight for inspiration in this bout. He will look to use his ring craft and experience to bamboozle Eggington. Lateral movement will be employed to unbalance him, not allowing him to set his feet and throw. As the younger man chases clumsily, Gavin will bombard him with jabs and counters on the move. Sam has a tendency to carry the left hand low leaving him open to the already accurate right lead jab of the thirty one year old. It will be paramount not to engage too often inside with the bigger stronger man.
Frankie Gavin TKO 11
The smart money looks to be on Frankie Gavin by decision. However if Gavin sticks to boxing sharp even non aggressively he will cause Eggington problems on that left side. The lead right jab and short hook will mark up his opponent’s face potentially causing a cut or a swollen eye. This may cause a late stoppage due to damage or because Gavin has stepped up the pace on Eggington who is visually impaired.