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Here’s a quick look at the latest progress of an up and coming British Welterweight in the shape of Frankie Gavin. This article is an original work published on Bleacher Report.

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British Welterweight champion Frankie Gavin defeated Jason Welborn this weekend to retain his British title. In the build up to the fight, he signaled his intent to try to make 2013 a big year for him.

Gavin, highly ranked as an amateur, stepped up in class in his last last year to defeat former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter to become the British Welterweight champion. Now 27 years old, Gavin understands he needs to begin testing himself against a higher class of opposition to see if he is ready for world title challenges.

After overcoming personal problems that threatened to derail his boxing career, a re-focussed Gavin had a strong 2012 that was capped off by claiming Witter’s British Title.

While understanding he has to continue the hard work he displayed throughout 2012, Gavin stated he wouldn’t say no if offered the chance to face a top opponent like Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan or Kell Brook. A fight against an opponent at that level may be a step too far for Gavin, but his willingness to step in with anyone is refreshing to see.

While being way off elite status, Frankie Gavin is one to watch for 2013. He has the momentum from an impressive previous year, confidence from gaining his first title and is hungry for more. Gavin is the No. 1 contender for the European Welterweight title and could enter the world title discussion with a strong year.

Here’s one some of you may not have heard of. Published by me through bleacherreport.com a look at Frankie Gavin’s recent victory over Junior Witter.

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Frankie who?

British welterweight prospect Frankie Gavin defeated former World Boxing Council Light Welterweight champion Junior Witter last night to claim the British Welterweight Title and get his career back on track.

Gavin was an excellent amateur boxer who won a bronze medal in the 2005 EU Amateur Championships and then followed with successive gold medals in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2007 World Amateur Championships and 2008 EU Amateur Championships.

He was viewed by many as the favourite for the 2008 Olympic gold medal, but failed to make weight and was unable to compete, ultimately leading to him choosing to embark on a professional career.

Starting life well as a professional boxer, Gavin raced off to an 11-0 record, capped off with obtaining the World Boxing Organization Intercontinental Welterweight Title by outpointing fellow Brit, and former professional soccer player, Curtis Woodhouse in July 2011.

That’s when the wheels fell off.

Gavin went through personal problems outside boxing, including bereavement, illness and relationship troubles, that affected his focus on his career.

Gavin pulled out of a 2011 WBO Intercontinental Welterweight clash after reportedly walking out on training with no explanation, leaving promoter Frank Warren scrambling to rescue the ticket.

Those problems, according to Gavin, are now behind him and he is ready to make up for lost time.

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The fight with Witter was Gavin’s third of 2012, and saw him step up the level of competition he was facing.

Witter, a former world title holder, was a great test for Gavin. A fast-handed switch-hitter with experience in world title fights, and who still holds a Top 20 ranking in the stacked welterweight division according to iboboxing.com, Witter would let us see how Gavin’s progression has come along.

In a fight that lacked the type of explosive action fans crave, Gavin showed he can handle a difficult, experienced fighter, as he raced to a dominant decision victory.

If Gavin can continue his recovery from the personal problems that plagued his 2011, and if he can secure more fights that can challenge his abilities, he could continue his rise through the welterweight division and become yet another highly regarded prospect within a division loaded with talent