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Gavin: I want to win, win, win

Frankie Gavin reckons he'll be ready for a world title fight by the end of 2013 - but first he must get past domestic rival Jason Welborn on Friday night.

The Birmingham boxer will be defending his British welterweight title at a sold-out Walsall Town Hall against fellow Midlander Welborn, who has an 11-1 record as a professional.

It is the first bout in what Gavin plans to be an extremely busy year; he claimed the Lonsdale belt with a points victory over Junior Witter at the end of 2012 but is already setting his sights higher.

"I've been told I'll be fighting again in April and then in June," Gavin said.

"Then in September I want another fight, perhaps for the European title or maybe an international or interim world title. By the end of the year I'll be ready for a world title.

"It's important to me to keep busy and keep this belt but if the two further defences don't happen quickly and I get offered a European title shot or something different of that stature then I'll take it.

"It's important that I keep winning. That's all that matters to me.

"I've got a winner's mentality. I just want to win, win, win. Whatever it takes."