BIL­BAO BECK­ONS

Gavin comes through warm-up un­scathed

Boxing News - - Action - Andy Whit­tle

WITH a trip to Bil­bao to chal­lenge for the Euro­pean wel­ter­weight ti­tle cur­rently held by lo­cal hero Ker­man Le­jar­raga just two short months away, the prepa­ra­tions of Birm­ing­ham’s Frankie Gavin con­tin­ued apace with a run-out on home turf at the Hol­i­day Inn, where a 60-54 vic­tory over ex­pe­ri­enced Kevin Mccauley was awarded to him by ref­eree Kevin Parker.

To his credit, Mccauley, whilst bested and suf­fer­ing an early cut by the right eye, hadn’t come just for a move-around. He turned in a more than de­cent show­ing. Gavin, though, stayed busy and mixed things up nicely while re­main­ing as ex­pected a level above. Birm­ing­ham’s hugely pop­u­lar Kash Ali shook off one or two cob­webs with a brief out­ing against Manch­ester’s

Lee Carter, who had been knocked out early in his last two.

An­other KO de­feat for the man from Gor­ton was some­thing he could have done without – as was the pun­ish­ing left to the body early in the sec­ond of a sched­uled six which dropped him to his knees in cen­tre ring for the du­ra­tion of tri­al­ist ref­eree Chris Dean’s count. The for­tunes of Soli­hull’s Jor­dan

Clay­ton had nose­dived over the last year, a cut eye stop­page loss at the hands of Danny Lit­tle com­ing hard on the heels of a shared con­test against Sh­effield’s Nathan Hardy. So his 40-37 win here (scored from ring­side by Mr Parker) de­spite be­ing warned for three low blows and for hit­ting and hold­ing against Bri­er­ley Hill’s MJ Hall, will be wel­come.

Not so wel­come for Jor­dan will be the sus­tain­ing of yet an­other nasty cut above the left eye.

There was a 39-39 de­but draw for Brum­mie Brad Thomas at the cul­mi­na­tion of a thrilling 100 mph four-rounder. Pre­vi­ously ac­tive on the un­li­censed cir­cuit, Thomas, who bled heav­ily from the nose, went toe-to-toe through­out with Worces­ter’s ul­tra-game

Michael Mooney, who I thought might have nicked it.

THE VER­DICT Gavin can ex­pect the at­mos­phere next time out to be a lit­tle more in­tim­i­dat­ing.

Photo: AC­TION IMAGES

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