Exclusive: Frankie Gavin talks continued comeback, future targets

Joe Hewlett 23/07/2017
Frankie Gavin

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Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin is on the comeback trail as he looks to continue his momentum after two successive wins.

Since being on the receiving end of a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender with Sam Eggington in 2016, Gavin has defeated Renald Garrido and Felix Matamoros this year.

The 31-year-old is now dreaming of winning titles again, targeting a big fight in September with Bradley Skeete.

“I’ve had my little two fights back so now I want titles. I’ll fight anyone in Britain,” Gavin exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Sam Eggington’s above me and rightly so. Bradley Skeete is as well but I’ve beat him. If I was Skeete I’d be thinking, ‘there’s only one person who’s beat me’ and he says he’d beat me now, well that’s what he says in the papers so why don’t he try and avenge his loss?

“He’s not going to get a world title shot yet so he might as well try and avenge his loss in the meantime. I’ll fight anyone, I want to get back into title contention. If it isn’t Skeete then I’ve heard the British title is vacant now. I never lost it when I was the holder, I gave it up so maybe they’ll (Matchroom) put me back in for that.”

His local dust-up with domestic rival Sam Eggington was deemed as a win or bust for Gavin according to Eddie Hearn. However, the fight delivered in entertainment value with both knocking seven bells out of each other. It also swayed Hearn to reverse his original statement.

Britain’s first ever amateur world champion is adamant there’s plenty left in the tank yet. The Birmingham City fan has linked up with a new trainer and has joined Eastside gym alongside Eggington.

“It’s not my last chance in boxing. If I lose to lower level fighters then it is but if I lose to high-level fighters then you can still get chances but I’m not thinking about losing any fights. I’m at Eastside gym and I’m really enjoying it.

“Me and Eggington train together now so we’ll so what the future holds but we’ve always got on apart from the build up towards the fight. Obviously, its business, you say things. Some you mean, some you don’t but we’re in the same gym now and there’s no nastiness, we do everything we can to help each other’s careers.

“I want to thank my sponsor Holiday Rewards as well as Ricky Walker and Kevin Baker. I’m getting back into camp after spending time with my family and I’ll be ready for September. Paul ‘Soggy’ Counihan is my trainer and I feel refreshed under him.

“I’ll keep busy as I’m not a young kid anymore. I want to stay as active as possible,” he reiterated.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95