Fitness | Technique | Feb 03 2015

Fight School: Defence with Frankie Gavin

Frankie Gavin talked us through the art of defence
Frankie Gavin
Frankie Gavin was Britain's first amateur world champion Action Images

“THE MOST important thing to remember is, if you don’t get hit, you can’t get beat.” Those words were spoken with quiet conviction by the UK’s only male World amateur boxing champion – and now the British and Commonwealth welterweight champion as a pro – Frankie Gavin.
As southpaw Gavin’s philosophy points out, a fighter sufficiently slick, fast and intelligent to evade the blows coming his way will prove nigh on impossible to defeat.
“As an amateur, at the Worlds, I was only hit about 40 times in six fights,” Gavin recalled. “I landed 160-something, and that was against world-class operators. One year I won the ABAs and got hit 10 times in five fights. And I got seven of them in the final!
He told us how to master the crucial art of defence.

The parry

1. If I’m in a position where I can’t move, I like to parry. As they come in, you make them commit. Or you can keep the pressure on from the front foot, and make them throw.