UK News: Gavin vs. Welborn; Price vs. Thompson, More!
Frankie Gavin’s trainer Tom Chaney says that winning the British Welterweight title has put a sparkle in his fighter and that he’ll shine on Friday 18th January at Walsall Town Hall when he defends against Jason Welborn.
Chaney, who took Gavin to two ABA titles, Commonwealth Gold and a World title in the amateurs, joined Gavin in the professional ranks as his trainer at the beginning of last year and helped the young star through personal problems that affected his form.
Since then the pair have racked up three wins together culminating last November when Gavin put on his best performance to date against Junior Witter to win the British title, outpointing the wiley veteran at London’s York Hall.
Unbeaten Birmingham ace Gavin is looking to start his 2013 campaign on a high against his West Midlands rival Welborn at a sold-out Walsall Town Hall, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546), before targeting the Commonwealth and European titles.
“Frankie’s been looking great, he’s been in the gym every day over Christmas and New Year and all the hard work he’s put in will show on the night against Welborn,” Said Chaney.
“Winning the title to become British champion has definitely given him a big lift and that is rubbing off on everything he does in the gym, it’s given him a big confidence booster and he knows what he can go on to achieve,”
“We’ve had three fights together last year and Frankie’s been getting his old self back with every fight, he went through a difficult period but he’s through that now and he’ll just keep getting better and better.”
Even though Chaney is delighted with how Gavin’s preparations have gone and is confident of beating Welborn they are not underestimating him.
He added, “Welborn has a lot of heart, he hasn’t got a great deal of ability, but he makes up for it with heart and drive. This is his dream to fight for the British title and he’ll give it everything he’s got,”
“You’ll see a lot more work from Frankie, more accuracy and speed and he’ll be punishing Welborn every time he misses,”
“I think the fans will be in for a great night, the fight has all the makings of an old fashioned British title fight with plenty of action.”
Gavin v Welborn headlines a quality packed card promoted by Frank Warren, in association with Errol Johnson, that features the Vacant British Lightweight Championship between Walsall’s Martin Gethin and Hove’s Ben Murphy; the Vacant Midlands Area Cruiserweight Championship between Walsall’s Chris Keane and Bulwell’s Shane McPhilbin; plus Stourbridge welterweight Steven Pearce, Stafford middleweight Grant Cunningham, Cannock light-welterweight Dave Egan and Burton-on-Trent light-welter Tom Shaw.
The show will be live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com
David Price vs Tony Thompson on February 23
Frank Maloney Promotions
DAVID PRICE VS TONY THOMPSON
DAVID PRICE will box world class American Tony Thompson at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday 23rd February 2012 in a 12 round international heavyweight contest.
The two-time world title challenger represents the biggest professional test so far for the emerging British star.
INTRODUCING DAVID PRICE VS TONY THOMPSON
INTRODUCING KEVIN SATCHELL VS LUKE WILTON
HEAD TO HEAD
ORTHODOX STANCE SOUTHPAW
6’8″ HEIGHT 6’5″
82″ REACH 81″
29 AGE 41
15 FIGHTS 39
15 WON 36
13 KO 24
0 LOST 3
0 DRAWS 0
HEAD TO HEAD
ORTHODOX STANCE ORTHODOX
5’6″ HEIGHT 5’5″
ND REACH ND
24 AGE 24
9 FIGHTS 16
9 WON 13
9 KO 7
0 LOST 2
0 DRAWS 1
Chris Keane vs. Shane McPhilbin on January 18th
By Daniel Mole
Walsall’s Chris Keane hopes knowledge is power when he takes on Shane McPhilbin for the Midlands Cruiserweight title later this month.
The 26 year-old has sparred his opponent in the past and now, as he prepares for the first title of his professional career, aims to use that experience to his advantage.
“He’s a good kid,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve spoken to him a lot and I like him.
“I’ve sparred him and I know he’s a decent fighter. Hopefully, from sparring, I’ll know enough about his style so that, come the fight, I can use that to my advantage.”
Keane versus McPhilbin is one of o trio of intriguing contests taking place at Walsall Town Hall in front of a sell-out crowd on Friday, 18th January.
Topping the bill is Brummie Frankie Gavin’s first British Welterweight title defence against Rowley Regis’ Jason Welborn whilst Walsall’s Martin Gethin also takes on Ben Murphy for the vacant British and Commonwealth Lightweight titles.
Keane is a former ABA Champion and is undefeated as a professional with a perfect 8-0 record. After sparring the likes of Michael Sprott, the former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion, who defeated McPhilbin on the way to winning the 2009 Heavyweight version of Prizefighter, Keane is hoping that victory will be the start of a breakthrough year.
“It’s a big night for us all,” he added. “I’m from the Delves (an area of Walsall) so this fight is literally on my doorstep.
“I hope to catch people’s eye. All you can is your best but this could be a big year for me. I can’t look past McPhilbin though and I’ll be doing all I can to beat him and lift the Midlands Area title on the 18th.”
The fight takes place on promoter Frank Warren’s first show of 2013 – in association with Midlands promoter Errol Johnson – at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 18th January. The show is a sell-out but it is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Subscribe at www.boxnation.com.
Walsall Town Hall Box Office – 0845 111 2900 – have started a waiting list should more tickets become available.