Frankie Gavin added the Commonwealth welterweight title to his collection today, stopping previously unbeaten Denton Vassell after seven rounds of action, unifying his new belt with the British title he already held.
Gavin (16-0, 12 KO) was sharp, largely able to outbox Vassell (20-1, 10 KO), sticking and moving out of a southpaw stance that appeared to have Vassell befuddled at times. The bout was halted after seven rounds, with the doctor saying that Vassell's jaw was either broken or just damaged enough to not continue, though Vassell did protest the stoppage a little bit. He said he was good to continue.
The 27-year-old Gavin earned some mixed reviews for the performance -- personally, I thought he looked very good, but our own Ryan Bivins was less impressed. When I remarked on Twitter that Gavin "showed how good he can be" today, Ryan responded, "Yeah, a poor man's Devon Alexander. Sky's the limit."
Admittedly, even as a Gavin believer, I had to laugh at the line, and it's certainly a valid enough thought, too.
How good did you think Gavin looked today? This was undoubtedly his best win thus far as a pro, but do you see him graduating from this on to legitimate world title contention within the next few years? He's done about all he's going to do at domestic level (no wins at that level will really top this one, though he certainly could score a few more decent victories). Should he look to the European-level ranks immediately, or stay here for a couple more fights? What's his upside?
On the undercard, Stephen Smith, Liam Smith, Paul Butler, Joe Selkirk, and Joe Murray all won as expected.