Exclusive: Gavin sure he’d beat McGregor, talks Rigo v Loma / Broner v Garcia / Birmingham buzz

Joe Hewlett 24/07/2017
Frankie Gavin

📸 Lawrence Lustig

Frankie Gavin has laughed off the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor insisting the August 26 showdown is not going to be a contest.

The ex-amateur world champion admires Irishman McGregor’s ability but doesn’t believe the match-up should be taking place.

“It’s not worth talking about it. I’d beat McGregor never mind Mayweather,” Gavin exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I don’t rate him at all. He talks a great fight and he’s a great showman. He’s brilliant in his own right at his sport, a fantastic fighter but Mayweather isn’t gonna jump into the octagon just as McGregor shouldn’t be jumping in the ring with Mayweather.

“The fight I’d like to see is Rigondeaux v Lomachenko. If ‘Rigo’ has anything he used to have then I think it’s a real 50/50 fight. Hopefully, the fight happens sooner rather than later as Rigondeaux is getting old now.”

Adrian Broner takes on Mikey Garcia in New York and has been dubbed a huge underdog from the critics. However, Gavin expects ‘The Problem’ to cause a surprise when the duo commence battle on July 29.

“I think if Broner gets it right then he causes Garcia problems. Everyone is saying it’s going to be a walk in the park for Garcia and that he’s going to smash him but I think Broner could win if he turns up. I think his heads in this one and has been different for this fight. He knows that it is time for him to finally deliver.”

Jumping across the Atlantic to Britain, Gavin believes Birmingham has every right to feel encouraged with the talents of Galal Yafai and co emerging.

Gavin is hopeful of Craig Cunningham can also be rewarded for his recent displays.

“Yafai, Eggington, Craig Cunningham, we’ve got some very good fighters. I’m a bit gutted he’s (Cunningham) had nothing since his win over Ogogo. Maybe him and (Jason) Welborn can get it on seeing as they’ve both got WBC belts. Hopefully, someone can throw that out.”

Frankie is expecting to be on the next card that’s held in Birmingham.

He concluded: “Eddie’s told me I’ll definitely be out for around September. For the time being, I’m going to stay at welterweight because as you get older the weight can be a bit harder.”

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