Frankie Gavin returns ahead of long-awaited Sam Eggington showdown

Former Irish  champion Frankie Gavin [22(13)-2(1)] will make his return to boxing next month.

The Birmingham welterweight had been suspended by the BBBoC, but will re-enter the ring on July 30th in Leeds.

Gavin fights on the Josh Warrington-headlined card at the First Direct Arena alongside Belfast bantamweight Ryan Burnett, and cross-city rival Sam Eggington.

His upcoming bout will provide an opportunity for the 30 year old to shake off ring rust and gain sharpness ahead of a refixed local derby with Eggington in October. The fight will be Gavin’s first since his IBF World title loss to Kell Brook last May.

Southpaw Gavin, the only man to win World Championships gold for Britain, was due to face ‘The Savage’ last October, but was forced to withdraw after a car rolled over his foot.

Eggington would beat replacement Dale Evans, before losing to Warren fighter Bradley Skeete in March. While this loss may have knocked some of the lustre off the Gavin-Eggington clash (as well as the removal of Eggington’s British and Commonwealth belts), the bout will still be a massive draw alongside an expected World title shot for Kal Yafai.

Joe O'Neill

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