Frankie Gavin travelled by boat to Bilbao this week as preparation steps up ahead of his European Welterweight Title clash with Champion Kerman Lejerraga next month.
The former World Amateur Champion takes on hard-hitting Lejerraga at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 17th November and travelled to Spain for yesterday’s pre-fight press conference.
Despite travelling the world as an amateur, a ‘bad flight’ led to a fear of planes for the 33 year-old who travelled to the Basque Country by boat for the press conference and will repeat the feat fight week.
“Everyone knows I don’t like flying,” Gavin told bcb-promotions.com, who now manage the former British & Commonwealth Champion. “I had a bad flight and now I chose not to fly.
“It was fine anyway. I caught a train to Plymouth and then jumped on the ferry to Santander. It was an overnight crossing so I slept most of the time and then got picked up and brought to Bilbao. I’ve had a good few days with the team and learning about the region. I’d like to thank MGZ promotions, and in particular Inigo Hernandez, for their hospitality.”
Gavin set sail on Sunday, arriving on Monday before training Tuesday and Wednesday and returning home today.
“I met (stablemate) Brad Thomas out there and we trained together and pushed each other on. Errol (Johnson – Head of Boxing at BCB) and Brad flew out so I’ve had a couple of days of good training and got to meet Kerman for the first time at the press conference.
“There was mutual respect there.”
Gavin is under no illusions as to the task at hand. ‘The Revolver’, a Bilbao native, is unbeaten in 26 professional fights with 21 KO’s to his name. He’s stopped fellow Brits Bradley Skeete and Denton Vassell along the way and, although Gavin has also defeated the pair, the Brummie boxer is rightly wary of his opponent’s power.
“Kerman is a hard hitter,” he added. “He’s a tough lad. He likes to brawl and I know I’m up against it a bit. I’m not Denton Vassell or Bradley Skeete though. Bradley was out here last year and he froze a little. The atmosphere is intimidating but I’m prepared for that. It’s only me and Kerman in the ring and I know I’ve not got many chances left.
“However I have to get there; however I have to win, I’m bringing that European title back to the UK.”