Unbeaten prospect Frankie Gavin blamed his poor showing against Young Mutley at the O2 Arena Saturday night on being unwell earlier this week. Despite the failure to impress, the Birmingham boxer still managed to clearly out-point Mutley and claim a lopsided win over 12 rounds to clam the vacant WBO Inter-continental lightweight title.
Gavin started well, keeping Mutley on the back foot for the first couple of rounds and was doing well in the third until Mutley cracked in a left hook that seemed to hurt Gavin and had him backing off for the first time. Gavin, though, recovered and soon had Mutley back peddling as he looked for openings to exploit. The fight was a low key affair and not the most exciting of battles as the 19,000 crowd indicated by booing after the final bell but Gavin got the win and is now 10-0.
The scores were 118-110 and 119-109 twice.
Speaking to Sky Box Office: "I’m far from happy. No excuses, but I was close to pulling out last week. I was out of the gym for two days. Everyone in the changing room will tell you that I was coughing a lot. I didn’t want to let anybody down.
"I wasn’t ’ill’ ill. I was ill last week and it definitely took something out of me. I didn’t feel strong like I did in my last fight."
May 21, 2011