Sam Eggington secured the WBC International title after beating Frankie Gavin in Birmingham thriller

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The sixth round between Sam Eggington and Frankie Gavin is a contender for best of the year.

Sam Eggington earned a thrilling victory over Frankie Gavin to win the battle of Birmingham on Saturday.

Despite Gavin coming in overweight, he put it all on the line and together with Eggington, produced a sensational fight in the Barclaycard Arena.

The two welterweights met fire with fire, but it was Gavin who, after being knocked down twice, was stopped in the eighth as Eggington claimed the WBC International title.

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Sam Eggington knocks down Frankie Gavin in round three

The fight started very cagily as both Birmingham fighters eased their way into proceedings, Eggington walking down his opponent, wary of any counters coming back, while Gavin looked to get his technical boxing going.

Despite the slow start, the fight quickly caught fire in the third as Eggington caught ‘Funtime’ square and floored him with a short right hook.

Frankie Gavin lands on Sam Eggington in a thrilling battle
Frankie Gavin lands on Sam Eggington in a thrilling battle

Gavin, clearly frustrated with the knockdown, got up and fired back as both men traded spiteful punches in a gruelling and very entertaining round. Gavin perhaps even got the better of the stanza as he stood his ground and landed a flurry of punishing body shots.

The fight settled down slightly in the fourth as Gavin, after some serious words from the corner, worked behind and landed a stiff right jab as he began to take control of proceedings.

The two Birmingham welterweights go head to head
The two Birmingham welterweights go head to head

Gavin only grew in confidence in the fifth as a left and right combination rocked the head of Eggington, before a sharp right screwed uppercut landed cleanly.

Despite ‘Savage’ starting to look bereft of ideas, he backed Gavin against the ropes towards the end of the round and landed a flurry of hooks and the onslaught continued into the sixth as Gavin, planted on the ropes, had no reply to the brutal attacks coming his way.

Sam Eggington celebrates after the referee calls a halt to proceedings
Sam Eggington celebrates after the referee calls a halt to proceedings

In a sensational round of action, Gavin came out firing and went toe-to-toe in the centre of the ring, before Eggington pushed him back as a shootout ensued.

The referee judged that the ropes kept Gavin standing and gave him another count of eight and again ‘Funtime’ regrouped, marched forward and landed a brutal barrage of punches to finish a thrilling round.

Sam Eggington and Frankie Gavin show respect at the end of a classic encounter
Sam Eggington and Frankie Gavin show respect at the end of a classic encounter

The welterweights showed no signs of slowing as the pace and action remained frenetic and in the eighth, ‘Savage’ relentlessly unloaded on Gavin, who now had nothing left in the tank, and eventually the referee jumped in as Gavin’s legs sunk to the canvas.

Following the fight, Eggington said to Sky Sports: “I want to give props to Frankie because I didn’t think he had it in him.”

Meanwhile a distraught Gavin said: “I didn’t realise how big he was. I want to do it again! I showed people I’m not just a little boxer who runs off, I showed I can have a fight.”

Sam Eggington stopped Frankie Gavin inside eight rounds but paid his Birmingham rival plenty of respect afterwards.
Sam Eggington stopped Frankie Gavin inside eight rounds but paid his Birmingham rival plenty of respect afterwards.

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