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Gavin defends British title

Frankie Gavin made a successful first defence of his British welterweight title with victory over fellow West Midlander Jason Welborn.

The former crack amateur did not have things all his own way but was ultimately far too slick for his hard-working opponent, who was spared midway through the seventh round.

Welborn, with the backing of the crowd at Walsall Town Hall, showed his appetite for a scrap by taking it to the champion from the outset, predictably looking to out-muscle his opponent.

However, Gavin's variety bamboozled him at times and despite having his work crowded out on occasion Gavin's fast hands and accuracy were striking.

Welborn had his best round in the fourth, a solid right hand making Gavin take note, but the champ still took the frame with his higher work-rate behind the southpaw jab and damaging left upper-cut.

The fifth was a quiet session as Gavin took his foot off the gas and returned to his corner with a measure of frustration.

To Welborn's credit he continued to let his shots go without resorting to the reckless, but Gavin bossed the sixth with his most aggressive and incisive work.

The fight started to leak out of Welborn in the next, as, bloodied about the face he took a knee after Gavin landed a flush left to the solar plexus.

And the champion promptly wrapped it up in style, Welborn going out on his sword but needing to be saved by referee Ian John Lewis after taking a barrage of hefty blows on the ropes.