Amateur success does not guarantee the same in the pro game
Two former GB amateur standouts suffered losses at the weekend. Britain’s first ever world amateur champion Frankie Gavin was dropped and stopped by a marauding Sam Eggington in Birmingham. It was the third loss of Gavin’s pro career, so the idea that his amateur exploits meant little in the paid game was not a new one. He displayed exceptional shot selection and timing, but his lack of power and conditioning meant Eggington, the bigger man, could walk him down and dictate the pace. For all his class and amateur pedigree, Gavin could not hold off the relentless Eggington, who put in an inspired performance.
On the undercard Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo was stunned by Craig Cunningham. Boxing against his first ‘live’ opponent, Ogogo had no answers to the questions southpaw Cunningham was asking. He was dropped in the second and always second best in the exchanges. Halfway through the eighth he was pulled out by his corner after complaining about blurred vision. It was absolutely the right call, though the loss was another example of just how different professional boxing is to the amateur game.