By Paul Webb
In the battle of the undefeated English welterweight’s it was Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin (16-0 12KO’s) who came out on top against Manchester’s Denton Vassell (20-1 10KO’s) at the Olympia in Liverpool Friday night. After 7 mostly one sided rounds the fight ended abruptly as Vassell appeared to have what looked like a broken jaw and after taking advice from the ringside doctor the referee stopped the fight.
Gavin started quickly landing his jab and fighting well at range, he had a clear speed advantage over Vassell who was made to look quite awkward and clumsy in the early rounds. As the fight went on it started to get quite scrappy with both fighters making the most out of their elbows, shoulders and foreheads but all the while it was Gavin who was landing more frequently and despite a good 5th round Vassell he was way behind on the scorecards when they entered round 7.
The final round of the fight was quieter than the previous 6 as Gavin seemed to be settling himself in for a points victory but he landed one to many left hands to the jaw of his opponent and as Vassell walked back towards his stool it was clear something wasn’t right. The doctor was called to the corner and asked him if he was in pain to which Vassell bravely answered “no i’m fine” but that wasn’t enough to convince the referee who called the fight off
The record book will show a round 7 TKO victory for Gavin who in the press conference afterwards appeared very modest and down to earth and in a great quote when he was asked about the fans who followed him to Liverpool he said “it’s not blues its not villa, it’s Birmingham”. The West Midlands boxing scene is crying out for a world champion and Gavin definitely has the potential.
I would like to see him in against someone like Matthew Hatton a huge fight against fellow unbeaten Kell Brook fight which would be a great domestic clash but with the various promoter and TV issues I can’t see that happening. Also it seems Kell Brook is looking to move up to 154lb’s.
Great win for Fun time Frankie Gavin and great heart by Vassell for wanting to carry on with what looked like a nasty injury
Paul Butler (12-0 7KO’s) provided the chief support and he was really impressive stopping game but limited Najah Ali (5-4-1 1KO) in 4 rounds. There is much expectation on Butler’s shoulders and we will see how he handles the expectation when Queensbury or Frank Warren put him in against better opposition.
Notes:Tony Thompson who fight’s David Price was a guest ringside and despite the fact he probably didn’t know much about the fighters he came across really well.