In a fight of the year contender, Sam Eggington (19-3, 11 KO's) stopped Frankie Gavin (23-3, 14 KO's) in the eighth round to claim the WBC international title.
There is nothing more frustrating or saddening than a wasted talent losing at a level he is capable of walking through. That is the case with Frankie Gavin and his sheer indiscipline which played a substantial factor in defeat.
Eggington floored Gavin in the third round and also hurt him with body shots later in the fight. Gavin fought fire with fire against the ropes, too, but to his disadvantage as that style of fight favoured the brawler and stronger, tougher operator in Eggington.
The betting favourite Gavin, who abandoned his footwork and backfoot countering for large sections of the contest and fought a terrible tactical fight, did show incredible resilience to return in the fourth round after being knocked down and win the round with some clean, effective work upstairs and downstairs. That onslaught, though, did little to discourage Eggington who continued to steam forward in pursuit of a war.
Although Gavin was outboxing Eggington in the first couple of stanzas, he did eventually succumbed to a toe-to-toe war and Eggington claimed the stoppage victory in the eighth following a brutal barrage of shots against the ropes.
Gavin responded with the odd shot in an attempt to show the referee he is still live, however the task became too extortionate and he collapsed to the canvas following more shots to the head and body.