Frankie Gavin (boxer)

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Frankie Gavin
Real name Frankie Raymond Gavin
Nickname(s) Funtime
Rated at Light welterweight
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Nationality British
Born (1985-09-28) 28 September 1985 (age 30)
Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 24
Wins 22
Wins by KO 13
Losses 2

Frankie Raymond Gavin (born 28 September 1985) is a British professional boxer. He is a former British and two-time Commonwealth welterweight champion, as well as a world title challenger, and has been the reigning Irish light welterweight champion since 2010. As an amateur he won a gold medal at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships to become England's first ever World Amateur Boxing champion.

Amateur career[edit]

Domestically as an amateur, Gavin represented the Birmingham's Hall Green boxing club with whom he won the English ABA championship in 2005 and 2007 and a Four Nations championship in 2005.

Internationally, Gavin defeated Giovanni Frontin of Mauritius to win a gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in the lightweight (60 kg) division. That year he won bronze at the European Union Championships losing to Domenico Valentino in the semi-final. Gavin has beaten him twice since.

At the European Championships 2006 he lost to Olexandr Klyuchko.

2007 World championships[edit]

At the 2007 World Championships he first beat reigning world silver medallist and fellow southpaw Romal Amanov of Azerbaijan scoring a knockdown. Frankie then caused a huge upset by defeating Russian superstar Aleksei Tishchenko, unbeaten in four years, to reach the final where he beat Italian Domenico Valentino 19:10.

2007 AIBA World Amateur championships held in Chicago[edit]

He stepped up in weight and won the 2008 EU tournament in Poland receiving boxer of the tournament as well. As of 2007 he has won 100 of his 121 amateur contests.

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Gavin was Great Britain's best hope of a boxing medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but was unable to make the weight and was therefore unable to compete.[1]

Professional career[edit]

In October 2008, Gavin announced that he would turn professional. He signed a contract with promoter Frank Warren and agreed to be trained by Anthony Farnell in Manchester. He made his debut with Olympians James Degale and Billy Joe Saunders which he won with a 4th round stoppage.[2]

In 2010, he won his first professional title by defeating Sheffield's Michael Kelly in the fifth round for the Irish light welterweight title. He qualified for the title as his parents are Irish.[3][4][5]

In June 2013, Gavin defeated the previously unbeaten Denton Vassell by 7th round TKO, having broken Vassell's jaw. In doing so he retained his BBBofC British welterweight title and captured Vassell's Commonwealth title.[6]

Professional Boxing record[edit]

22 Wins (13 knockouts, 9 decisions), 2 Defeats, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 22-2 United Kingdom Kell Brook TKO 6 (12), 2:51 2015-05-30 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London For IBF welterweight title.
Win 22–1 Serbia Bogdan Mitic PTS 10 2015-03-28 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win 21–1 United Kingdom Bradley Skeete UD 12 2014-11-29 United Kingdom ExCel Arena, Dockland, London Retained British welterweight title.
Won vacant Commonwealth welterweight title.
Win 20–1 Hungary Mate Hornyak TKO 2 (8) 2014-10-24 United Kingdom Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Loss 19–1 Italy Leonard Bundu SD 12 2014-08-01 United Kingdom Wolverhampton Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands For EBU welterweight title.
Lost Commonwealth welterweight title.
Win 19–0 Namibia Sacky Shikukutu UD 12 2014-03-29 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear Retained Commonwealth welterweight title.
Win 18–0 United Kingdom Bradley Pryce UD 10 2013-12-21 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, Yorkshire
Win 17–0 United Kingdom David Barnes UD 12 2013-09-21 United Kingdom Copper Box Arena, Olympic Park, London Retained Commonwealth & British welterweight titles.
Win 16–0 United Kingdom Denton Vassell TKO 7 (12) 2013-06-28 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool Retained British welterweight title.
Won Commonwealth welterweight titles.
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Jason Welborn TKO 7 (12) 2013-01-18 United Kingdom Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, West Midlands Retained British welterweight title.
Win 14–0 United Kingdom Junior Witter UD 12 2012-11-01 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Won British welterweight title.
Win 13–0 Hungary Laszlo Komjathi RTD 5 (8) 2012-05-25 United Kingdom Newport Leisure Centre, Newport
Win 12–0 United Kingdom Kevin McIntyre PTS 6 2012-02-25 United Kingdom Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Win 11–0 United Kingdom Curtis Woodhouse SD 12 2011-07-16 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool Retained WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
Win 10–0 United Kingdom Young Mutley UD 12 2011-05-21 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
Win 9–0 United Kingdom Michael Lomax TKO 7 (12) 2011-02-19 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
Win 8–0 Republic of Ireland Michael Kelly TKO 5 (10) 2010-09-18 United Kingdom LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands Won vacant Irish light welterweight title.
Win 7–0 United Kingdom Gavin Tait TKO 1 (8) 2010-05-15 United Kingdom Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London
Win 6–0 Republic of Ireland Peter McDonagh PTS 6 2010-02-13 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Win 5–0 France Samir Tergaoui TKO 6 (6) 2009-12-05 United Kingdom Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Win 4–0 United Kingdom Steve Saville TKO 2 (6) 2009-10-30 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Graham Fearn PTS 4 2009-07-18 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Win 2–0 France Mourad Frarema TKO 3 (4) 2009-05-15 United Kingdom Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Win 1–0 Georgia (country) George Kadaria TKO 4 (4) 2009-02-28 United Kingdom National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands


  1. ^ "Medal hope Gavin out of Olympics". BBC News. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Gavin to join professional ranks". BBC News. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
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  4. ^ Boxing Ireland & Boxing Scene
  5. ^ Interview
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