Frankie Gavin not scared of unbeaten titleholder Kell Brook
In an all-British welterweight champion fight, Sheffield’s Kell Brook will square off against Birmingham’s Frankie “Funtime” Gavin at the O2 Arena.
Not many fighters want to face the unbeaten Sheffield man, but Gavin – who only has one loss on his record – had others ideas and personally called up their joint promoter to get the fight made.
Gavin said: “I’m not someone who is going to shy away from pressure and power. If I get hit and it hurts, I’m going to try to hurt him back, simple as that. I’m not going to back down from anybody.”
Brook had tried to arrange a more lucrative fight with Bolton’s Amir, but Khan chose what many considered to be an easier path in fighting Chris Algeri – where Khan won a unanimous decision last night in New York.
Fun Time Frankie is undoubtedly in the biggest and toughest fight of his career, though his chances appear slim. Sky Bet having the Birmingham man a 6/1 underdog, while odds for Brook are 1/10.
Brook said: “Frankie has got a good boxing brain, and I am going to have to scramble it.“I don’t just want to beat him – I want to make a big statement that I am the world’s best fighter in this division.”
It should be an explosive affair while it lasts, but there is potential for it to be a tactical chess match, as Gavin – Britain’s only ever amateur world champion – is a southpaw and knows well how to box.
We see Brook overwhelming Gavin with his speed and power to have completed his second title defense by round 8.
Will we finally know just how good Anthony Joshua is?
The likeable big man, who stands 6 ft 6” has so far impressed in his 12 fights as a professional, knocking out every single opponent – but tonight he faces Kevin Johnson – who has been in with Vitali Klitschko and survived the distance.
Joshua has an Olympic gold medal to his name, he is charismatic and punches like a mule, but what makes Joshua interesting is what we have to learn about him.
Can he go 12 rounds? How does he react under pressure? Can he take a punch?
It’s these question that make us like the odds on Johnson halting the Brit in the 6th round, which Paddy Power have at 100/1. It’s worth a couple of quid.
We see Joshua doing though doing what no one has done before, and that’s stopping Johnson in his tracks, possibly in round 5.
Kevin Mitchell gets third attempt at title shot
Londoner Kevin Mitchell has all the tools you’d need to become a world champion, but has twice lost out to world title success to both Scotland’s Ricky Burns, and Australia’s Michael Katsidis.
Tonight Mitchell will face off against Venezuela’s Jorge Linares for the WBC lightweight title.This bout could easily be the most entertaining bout of the evening. Both fighters have good punch power and both like to fight.
Mitchell has a reputation for partying, but this time round he claims that his personal life has not affected his professional work.
“Boxing is a weird career. From the age of 10 to the age of 18 I lived like a monk. Then, all of a sudden, the madness kicked in.
“One day I was asking my mum for £2, so I could buy a chip roll and a can of Dr Pepper from the takeaway. The following day I signed a pro contract and had a load of money in the bank.
“After I had my first pro fight I started being recognised in pubs and clubs. Before I knew it I was a bit of a party boy and walking down the wrong road. But boxers are supposed to be athletes; it just doesn’t work.”
If Mitchell really has cleaned up his lifestyle to fit that of an athlete, then we see him being crowned world champion by round 10.