FRANKIE GAVIN answered a lot of questions about his character on Friday night at Wolverhampton Civic Hall and, in the process, showed he could dig deep, come through a crisis and be in an incredibly exciting fight.
Unfortunately all of that will be scant consolation to Birmingham’s British welterweight king and former amateur star after Gavin suffered the first loss of his professional career.
Using deft movement and precise punch-picking, Gavin dominated the first five rounds of his challenge to European ruler Leonard Bundu – the Italy-based Sierra Leonian – but a devastating body-shot knockdown suffered in the sixth changed the whole fight. Gavin was dumped heavily to the canvas by Bundu’s left hook downstairs, rolled onto his front and then appeared to intentionally remove his gumshield – he later said he felt he was going to be sick if it had stayed in. Gavin showed immense bravery to get up at the referee’s count of eight and the time-out to have the mouthguard rinsed and replaced took him pretty much to the end of the round.