Frankie Gavin was tentative in an easy but dull win over Young Mutley today. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
There was no "Funtime" with top British prospect Frankie Gavin today in London, as the welterweight from Birmingham was on cruise control throughout his fight with worn-down veteran Young Mutley. Gavin won the fight on scores of 119-109 (twice) and 118-110, but the action-deprived snoozer drew boos from the previously-buzzing crowd at the O2 Arena.
Gavin (10-0, 8 KO) never took a single risk against Mutley (29-6, 14 KO), putting in a very tentative and trigger-shy performance. Gavin said he's battled illness lately, and the way he was clearing his chest between rounds backs that up. And it's not all Gavin's fault, either -- Mutley really did nothing at all in the fight, and also took no risks.
Gavin will have to prove something in his next fight, sick or not, to maintain his status as an exciting prospect to watch. He may step back to 140 pounds, too, which at this point seems like a good idea.
The highlight of the fight was a ringside scrap between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, which reportedly got Fury ejected from the building.
Our live coverage of the DeGale vs Groves card continues here, with Nathan Cleverly up next against Aleksy Kuziemski.