Feature | Aug 07 2018

Frankie Gavin’s final reckoning

Frankie Gavin tells John Dennen why he will come through and win the European title from devastating puncher Kerman Lejarraga
Frankie Gavin
Frankie Gavin  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

FRANKIE GAVIN is adamant that he can become the European champion. After a tune up bout, scheduled for September 16 in Birmingham, he will challenge reigning champion Kerman Lejarraga in Bilbao on November 17.

Gavin has struggled with lack of opportunity and activity since losing to Sam Eggington but will get the title shot this year. He is not surprised that he has finally got this fight. “I was mandated,” he said. “I lost to [Leonard] Bundu on a close, split decision, I lost to [Kell] Brook for the world title and I lost to [Sam] Eggington in a fight which was a really good fight and there wasn’t much in it when I did lose in the seventh. When I look at the [European rankings] list I don’t see anybody I couldn’t beat. I’m not really surprised. I’m more surprised because I haven’t really got a promoter who’s got really hold of it. When I got the message I was next in line I was happy really and it gave me that buzz back again.”

Gavin has made mistakes in his career. But, now training with Malcolm Melvin, he insists he is disciplined and focused. “For 12 weeks now I haven’t had a beer, I shouldn’t have any being a boxer but the way I feel I don’t think I’ll drink again,” he told Boxing News.