BUNDU COMES TO THE UK TO DEFEND EBU TITLE VS. GAVIN
England hosts card topped by two battles between undefeated boxers
Press Release: Tonight in Wolverhampton, England, British and Commonwealth welterweight Champion Frankie Gavin looks to improve his pro record to 20-0 when he challenges European champion Leonard Bundu (30-0-2) of Italy. On the same show, heavyweight Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne (20-0) provides chief support when he faces Andriy Rudenko (24-0) in a bout that promises fireworks. BoxNation will televise.
Gavin's promoter, Frank Warren, analyzed Bundu-Gavin as follows:
Gavin will be within touching distance of challenging for a world title if he defeats European Welterweight Champion Leonard Bundu tonight in Wolverhampton, live and exclusive on BoxNation.
Gavin, [a 28 year-old from Birmingham England], has a tough and experienced champion in front of him in Bundu, who's undefeated with five successful defences in the last three years, and in his last fight he stopped Britain's Lee Purdy in the final round.
Just last week we saw middleweight Billy Joe Saunders, also a British and Commonwealth Champion, capture the European title with a stunning eighth round stoppage of another unbeaten Italian in Emanuele Blandamura, which will have given Gavin a big boost.
Gavin formed part of the 2008 Olympic Team GB squad that included Saunders, James DeGale, David Price and Tony Jeffries, but after experiencing weight-making difficulties in the training camp, he did not make it into the final team and came home.
The slick, counter-punching, southpaw was recognised as the most naturally talented of all the team, blessed with skills that simply cannot be taught, and he still holds the accolade of Britain's only ever world amateur champion, winning gold in Chicago in 2007.
He signed with me in 2009, along with Saunders and DeGale, and stormed to nine unbeaten fights, stopping eight of them in style as he adjusted his style to the pros.
But just as he was about to move to the next level in 2011 he was hit with a series of personal problems.
His mother, who raised him as a single parent was diagnosed with cancer, his grandmother, who he was extremely close to, passed away, plus more troubling personal issues.
At the time Gavin was under trainer Anthony Farnell in Manchester and also struggled to maintain the discipline of a young professional boxer once he finished for the day.
His form slipped and consecutive victories over Young Mutley and Curtis Woodhouse (below) highlighted his stamina issues.
A switch of trainers saw him move to London under the father-son training team of Jimmy and Mark Tibbs, but on the night before of his title defence in October 2011, he withdrew stating he was not mentally right to fight.
Leaving the Tibbs', he teamed up with his old amateur coach at Hall Green ABC in Birmingham, Tom Chaney, and since then he has recaptured his form and improved with each fight.
He stopped former British champion Kevin McIntyre in three and retired Laszlo Komjathi in the fifth, then outboxed wily veteran Junior Witter to capture the British title. Consecutive defences against Jason Welborn, Denton Vassell - adding the Commonwealth belt - and David Barnes saw him win the Lonsdale Belt outright [three British title defenses] in just nine months.
Although he defeated Bradley Pryce over ten rounds, he had to overcome a difficult final week in which he saw two opponent changes from Joseph Lamptey to Juliano Ramos.
Although being floored against Sacky Shikukutu last time out, he stuck to his boxing and outpointed the tough Namibian on the scorecards.
Although Bundu is 39, he's in fantastic shape without an ounce of fat on him. He was a top amateur himself, winning Bronze in 1999 at the World Amateur Championships, but after being a pro for almost ten years the only thing missing on his ledger is a world title.
Gavin is the younger, fresher and hungrier man and I believe that he has the tools and temperament to overcome the Italian and be crowned champion of Europe in an exciting battle.