Former British champion Frankie Gavin has been banned by the British Boxing Board of Control for his part in a bar brawl in which the boxer smashed a stool over another man’s head.
The 30 year-old received a five-month suspended prison term last week, was fined and handed 180 hours of community service for what was described as a sickening act of violence whilst Gavin was on holiday.
Families were present when the trouble erupted at Krackers bar in Somerset where Gavin and friends were enjoying a break over summer. Gavin attempted to show his clean personality through character references in court, although Judge David Taylor was having none of it before making his final ruling.
“I have read your references, including one from promoter Eddie Hearn, who calls you a role model.
“Well, you are a role model – for gratuitous violence in the full view of children,” said Taylor.
BBBofC secretary Robert Smith has now removed Gavin, nicknamed ‘Funtime Frankie’, from involvement in the sport pending a meeting at the Midland’s Council later this month.
“To ban anyone for life in any walk of life is very difficult. We will gather all the facts and make a meaningful, sensible decision. We want to get the full facts,” Smith told The Birmingham Mail.
Gavin was due to fight Brummie rival Sam Eggington earlier this year following a crushing defeat to Kell Brook in his first world title challenge, but that bout was called off when the ex-amateur champion suffered a foot injury.