Frankie Gavin aiming for World level ahead of Eggington grudge match

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Frankie Gavin [23(14)-2(1)] is massively confident ahead of his Birmingham derby with Sam Eggington [18(10)-3(0)] this Saturday.

The welterweight pair clash in a delayed grudge match at the Barclaycard Arena this weekend, and former Irish champion feels he is has the beating of Eggington “every day of the week.”

Speaking at today’s press conference Funtime Frankie explained that “we know what Sam is going to do, he’s going to come and fight because he can’t sit off me, so it’s up to me to keep him off me, box his head off and land my big shots.”

“He’s not the brightest, you can tell that by listening to him, but he’s game and he’s got grit, determination and gives it 100 per cent, so this is going to be a tough fight. He’s not got the best boxing IQ. I will say what I want about him though because I am going to knock him out.”

Gavin also dismissed claims that Eggington is an improved fighter since losing his British and Commonwealth titles to Bradley Skeete, a fighter Gavin defeated in November 2014, earlier this year.

“Hearing that he’s more spiteful in the gym since losing to Skeete is just nonsense. You know what you are going to get with Sam, he’s not going to come out and be technical; he’s just going to come forward. He’s technically poor and I am a lot harder to hit than Skeete, I am a smaller target and a southpaw.

“Skeete beat Sam easy. Before that fight Sam was getting rid of everyone, but the minute he gets in with a mover, he struggles. I probably won’t move as much as Skeete but my lateral and head movement is better and I punch inside better.”

“Even if he has improved, it’s not going to make any difference, I am better than him and I’m going to stop him.”

The 31 year old knows his career at the top level of the sport is finished should he lose in the ‘Bragging Rights’ headliner, but he is confident of claiming the rankings-enhancing WBC International title and turning his attentions to a fight with a former Conor McGregor sparring partner.

Gavin outlined how “this is the only domestic fight I would take.”

“I want to make an impact on the World scene and it’s fighting the likes of Chris van Heerden after this one that would get me back up there.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie