Sam Eggington won the battle for Birmingham bragging rights on Saturday night when he knocked out Frankie Gavin in the eighth round at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England
After a slow start the fight livened up in the third round when Eggington sent Gavin to the canvas with a short right hook. Gavin quickly rose and fired back and both traded freely in a highly entertaining round. Gavin ended the round strongly. Gavin started the fourth working behind his jab and looked as though he was starting to take some kind of control. In the fifth round Gavin rocked Eggington with a two punch combination but by the sixth Egginton had recovered as both men traded on equal terms in a thrilling round. The seventh was equally exciting. In the eighth the action was again fast and furious but by now Eggington was gaining the upper hand and starting to break down Gavin and it was not long before the referee stepped in to stop the fight after the tiring Gavin was on the wrong end of a barrage of punches.
After the fight Eggington told Sky Sports: "I want to give props to Frankie because I didn’t think he had it in him."
Gavin said: "I didn’t realise how big he was. I want to do it again! I showed people I’m not just a little boxer who runs off, I showed I can have a fight."
Gavin was ahead on the scorecards prior to the fight being stopped.
In other action unbeaten super flyweight Khalid Yafai took four rounds to take out Johnson Tellez . Promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Yafai will now challenge WBA champion Luis Concepcion on December 10 on the undercard ofAnthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title defence.
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October 22 2016