Frankie Gavin should be considered out of boxing until he's really ready to return. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
British welterweight prospect Frankie Gavin has pulled out of yet another fight, this one scheduled for December 9 against veteran Junior Witter, which was to serve as a British title eliminator. BoxRec News has this from Witter, via Hennessy Sports:
"It’s disappointing that Gavin has pulled out of our fight next week, him being a former amateur star and me being a former world champion it would have been one hell of a fight, but one that I know that I would have won.
"Now I have to wait for a decision from the Board on when I’m going to get my British title shot."
Gavin (11-0, 8 KO) has had some much-publicized personal issues interfering with his career of late, and before that was getting a lot of bad press simply for being a lazy fighter who didn't take his training seriously. Back in October, he raised Warren's temper when he pulled out of a fight that was to headline a Friday show on BoxNation, and then came the reports of his personal life being all out of order.
Either way, it's really time to stop scheduling him for fights until everyone, from Gavin to Warren to Hennessy to anybody else who's close to him, figures he's truly ready to get in the ring. And right now, I don't think it looks like he's got a great desire to be in there anymore.
A lot of things appear to need sorting out right now with Frankie Gavin, including whether or not boxing is a priority at all. In other words, leave the kid alone and let him find out if boxing is in his plans anymore. If it's not, then it's not. That's life. It happens with good and great prospects. Not every investment is a winner, and not every talented boxer pans out.
Gavin vs Witter was going to be held at Hull City Hall. BoxNation and Frank Warren still have a show on December 9 in Liverpool, featuring James DeGale (11-1, 8 KO) in the main event against Spain's Jose Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KO) in a super middleweight bout for a regional WBO belt (but not DeGale's European title), and 22-year-old middleweight prospect Billy Joe Saunders (11-0, 7 KO) will face Portuguese veteran Vitor Sa (26-6, 5 KO) in a 10-round bout.