Gavin pulls out of Eggington fight

By Boxing News - 10/05/2015 - Comments

brook54566By Scott Gilfoid: Former world title challenger Frankie Gavin (22-2, 13 KOs) has pulled out of his fight against British/Commonwealth and WBC International welterweight champion Sam Eggington after suffering a foot injury. Gavin was supposed to face Eggington on October 17th at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, UK.

Gavin was totally whipped in his last fight by IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in a nice little mismatch that took place last May at the O2 Arena in London, UK. Surprisingly, Gavin was ranked No.5 at the time by the International Boxing Federation despite the fact that he’d never beaten anyone good.

The IBF has since moved Gavin down to No.15, which is a still very kind ranking for a fighter of his class. I have Gavin ranked No.50 in the welterweight division. I mean, I don’t see this guy being anywhere good enough to be ranked at No.15.

Gavin, 30, suffered some kind of injury during his training for the Eggington fight that has left him lame and unable to fight.

“Sorry to say I have had to pull [out] of my fight. I got ran over two and a half weeks ago and had to weeks of training,” Gavin said on his Twitter. “Thinking it would heal but it hasn’t so I have had to pull out, it’s getting better but I won’t be able to fight in 2 weeks. Hopefully the fight can happen again some stage in the future. I hope to be back in the ring sometime in November/December.”

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Gavin’s promoter Eddie Hearn should look to match him against someone better than Eggington through. I wouldn’t mind seeing Gavin drop down to 140 to fight Ricky Burns if he could make the weight. Unfortunately, I don’t think Gavin could make 140, even though that would be by far his best weight.

“Frankie Gavin has been ruled out of his clash with Sam Eggington with a foot injury – further news and new opponent coming shortly,” said Matchroom Sport Boxing on Twitter.

I think Gavin needs to probably downsize his opposition moving forward to stay at guys like Eggington’s level. I think it might be the best for him. If Hearn does choose to match Gavin against contender level fighters, I think he’ll continue to lose fights. The problem with Gavin is he can’t punch to save his life.

If the guy had some power, he’d be a very good fighter. He fights in the welterweight division where there are a lot of guys with punching power that overcome light hitters like Gavin. It doesn’t matter that Gavin has more skills than many of the top welterweights, he just doesn’t have the punching power to compete with them in my view.

It’s unclear at this point how long Gavin will need before his foot injury heals up. He says he still wants to fight Eggington at a later date, but it’s obviously not a fight that the boxing public is demanding to see. Gavin would be better off fighting someone else that the fans are interested in seeing him fight.

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