Former welterweight world title challenger Frankie Gavin has had to pull out of this month’s crunch British 147 lb title fight with 21 year old champion and fellow Birmingham born star, Sam Eggington.
Gavin, who came up short in his challenge to IBF champion Kell Brook back in May, was due to challenge Egginton at the city’s Barclaycard Arena in 12 days time although revealed over social media that a foot injury was the cause of this latest pull out blow for British boxing, that follows on from the Klitschko/Fury and Lee/Saunders postponement sagas.
“Sorry to say I have had to pull [out] of my fight. I got ran over two and a half weeks ago and had to weeks of training (sic),” Gavin wrote on twitter.
“Thinking it would heal but it hasn’t so I have had to pull out, it’s getting better but I won’t be able to fight in 2 weeks.
“Hopefully the fight can happen again some stage in the future. I hope to be back in the ring sometime in November/December.”
The news leaves promoter Eddie Hearn with another unwanted headache, given that the fight was the top billing on a frankly otherwise lukewarm card, and he is already under heavy fire over the PPV mess that potentially leaves broadcaster Sky charging punters for 3 Box Office events in as many months, given the revised November 28th Klitschko/Fury date sandwiches between this months Brook/Chaves and December 12th’s Anthony Joshua/Dillian Whyte bills.
Tweeting about the Gavin injury, the promoter tweeted that an official announcement will follow in due course.