British prospect Frankie Gavin got himself back into the ring for the first time since July 2011 today in Cardiff, and the former World Amateur Championships gold medalist didn't waste a lot of time, knocking out veteran welterweight Kevin McIntyre in the third round on a body shot.
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Gavin (12-0, 9 KO) needed an impressive performance today, if not for himself then for his reputation as a top young talent, and he looked sharp despite his long layoff and some personal problems outside of the ring. It's certainly far too soon to say that he's truly "back" and ready to go, but he didn't show a ton of ring rust or look out of shape.
Most would really like to see Gavin drop back down to 140 pounds, which it's believed is still very possible for him, as his move to 147 has made him look tiny in the ring against the likes of Young Mutley, Curtis Woodhouse, and now McIntyre (30-9, 9 KO). The feeling is that Gavin, 26, doesn't need to be at welterweight, and is fighting there mostly because his dedication to his fitness has been questionable.
Bad Left Hook's live coverage of Cleverly vs Karpency (as well as Povetkin vs Huck) continues next with Enzo Maccarinelli's tune-up bout against Irish opponent Ciaran Healy, and then goes live to Stuggart, Germany, for the heavyweight title fight, followed by the main event in Cardiff.