Brook vs. Gavin Preview

By Sean Ness on May 30, 2015
Brook vs. Gavin Preview
"I'd be willing to come to his backyard," said Brandon Rios. "I accept the challenge."

Can Kell Brook light up London tonight with another win against the ever growing list of southpaws on his record?

Sheffield’s Ezekiel Brinsly Reid “Kell” Brook, aka Kell “Special K” Brook, takes on Birmingham native “Fun Time” Frankie Gavin today at London’s O2 Arena with the IBF welterweight title on the line. This fight has come as a surprise to some fight fans with many people questioning Kell Brook’s decision to fight fellow Team Matchroom stable mate and relative unknown on the world stage, Frankie Gavin, considering bigger names in the welterweight division were available with Brandon Rios throwing his name into the equation at the beginning of April this year. “I’d be willing to come to his backyard. I accept the challenge,” the American told BBC Radio Sheffield after Dom Ingle had named “Bam Bam” as a potential opponent. That fight, however, never came to fruition.

Fighting out the world famous Ingle-run Wincobank Gym in Sheffield, Kell Brook comes to the ring with an impressive record of 34 wins and 0 losses with 23 of those wins coming by way knockout. Since moving over to Matchroom Sports from Frank Warren, Kell Brook has seen his stock rise in the boxing world with convincing wins on his résumé over notable names such as Matthew Hatton, Carson Jones, former world champion Viacheslav Senchenko and Shawn Porter who he defeated in Porter’s home country with many people predicting a tough night.

Since his world title win in Carson, California, Kell has had to deal with an almost career ending injury when he was stabbed in the leg whilst holidaying with his wife on the Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain. Following that incident, Kell made his comeback on the 28th March 2015 at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield with a convincing win over Romanian Jo-Jo Dan who now fights out of Montreal, Canada. Kell was catching Jo-Jo with ease throughout the fight knocking the Romanian to the canvas with a signature straight right hand ensuring victory for the Special One within four murderous rounds.

Can Kell Brook light up London tonight with another win against the ever growing list of southpaws on his record? Or will “Fun Time” Frankie Gavin put the brakes on Kell Brook’s career?

Frankie Gavin is relatively unknown on the professional boxing world stage, but British fight fans are more than aware of the man they call “Fun Time.” The Birmingham native is a southpaw fighter with an incredible amateur pedigree with success domestically and on the European stage. However, in 2007 at the AIBA World Amateur championships held in Chicago, Frankie won in the lightweight division with wins over Omar Ward, Ramal Amanov, Onur Sipal, Alexei Tichtchenko, and Domenico Valentino who was unbeaten in four years.

Gavin has had only one career defeat. On the 1st of August 2014, he faced Sierra Leonean/Italian fighter Leonard Bundu which was billed as Frankie’s coming of age fight; but things didn’t go to plan when he was knocked down in the 6th round on his way to a split decision loss with European Champion Bundu. Since that loss, I believe Frankie should go back down to lightweight as echoed by new IBF super middleweight champion James DeGale, who this week on Sky TV’s ringside said he questioned Frankie personally about his decision to fight at welterweight . I feel he is struggling at the weight, which was apparent when he struggled to overcome Bradley Skeete while defending his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles.

But I have learned to never underestimate a good fighter no matter how much the odds looked stacked against him. Frankie Gavin has nothing to lose and everything to gain—which can sometimes be a remedy for success given the right elements on the right night.

Last night I spoke to Sky TV’s Prizefighter winner and ex-professional boxer hailing from Irvine, Scotland, Ryan Brawley (16-1-0), and asked about the Kell Brook-Frankie Gavin fight. I wanted to know who Ryan thought would win and without hesitation he fired back “Brook 100%” adding “Brook is too big and too good for Gavin to win. He’s (Gavin) a good boxer but he shouldn’t be fighting at welterweight.” A sentiment that seems to be echoed from professionals and fans alike. “I think Gavin will start fast and try to put the pressure on Brook. The first few rounds will be exciting but I sense that Gavin will start to slow down with Brook winning between rounds 5-7,” Ryan added.

I personally think it will be a good domestic match-up. People need to understand that Frankie Gavin was almost facing Tim Bradley with the winner going on to face Kell Brook however Eddie Hearn was able to overcome those obstacles in order to pit his two fighters sooner rather than later. Will Kell Brook overcome Frankie Gavin or will “Fun Time” be eating “Special K” for breakfast? Time will tell fight fans. Time will tell.

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  1. Matt Mosley 08:24am, 05/30/2015

    Different levels.
    Not only is Brook considerably more skilled, he hits much harder.
    Gavin has below average punch power at the weight so what is he gonna do to keep Brook off him?
    This is close to a mismatch, imo, and the odds pretty much agree.
    Yes, Frankie is a former World Amateur Champ but I have never really seen much from him as a pro when talking having the ability to reach world class level.
    He’s Euro level to me.

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