Towards Luke Willis, Gavin Gwynne hopes his time to grow to be British champion has lastly come, writes John Dennen
FOR the third time Gavin Gwynne is combating for the British title. On Friday (April 15) at York Corridor in opposition to Liverpool’s Luke Willis, the Welshman hopes that that is his second so as to add the nationwide championship to the Commonwealth light-weight title he already holds.
“The British title is a title that I’ve needed since turning over, and it might be a dream to win it and particularly to win it in vogue as nicely,” Gavin mentioned.
Not like Gwynne, who’s misplaced twice, Willis is unbeaten. 11-0, the Liverpudlian had risen steadily till he was out of the ring for over two years, returning solely in April of 2021 to file a six-round factors win over Ricardo Fernandez in Spain. He solely made light-weight for the primary time in October when he went 10 rounds for the primary time, outpointing Rylan Charlton.
Willis received this extra handily than the bulk resolution would possibly counsel. Transferring on the backfoot the Liverpool southpaw picked out his pictures and outboxed Charlton. It’s a decent win, Charlton up at welter had knocked out Joe Legal guidelines beforehand. Willis although did fade in the direction of the tip of that battle, even getting some extent deducted for holding. That’s a worrying signal for him forward of his showdown with Gwynne.
The Welshman is extra seasoned. He might have misplaced twice however he’s had extra skilled rounds, gone the complete 12 twice and had 4 championship fights in addition to finishing two 10-rounders. His commonplace of opposition has been considerably greater too. James Tennyson did cease him however the Northern Irishman is a heavy-handed energy puncher. He may maintain his floor and batter Gwynne again. With large pictures Tennyson pressured a end inside six rounds. Gwynne was nicely crushed in that battle. However Joe Cordina, an elite European gold medallist as an novice and on his option to world degree as a professional, discovered Gavin’s physicality onerous to familiarize yourself with, whilst he outpointed him within the now Commonwealth champion’s solely different defeat.
Gwynne then isn’t a simple man to beat. He bounced again from the Tennyson defeat straightaway. Final February he boxed Sean McComb for the vacant Commonwealth light-weight title. McComb was unbeaten as knowledgeable and had been a prime worldwide novice. However Gwynne pressured him to work at a excessive tempo and finally floor him down. By the seventh spherical McComb seemingly may take no extra and, when he turned away, the referee needed to cease it. It’s the sort of victory that may solely spur Gwynne on. He’s coming into this in type, with expertise and with confidence. Willis would possibly nicely begin off utilizing his boxing and his punch-picking to take the early rounds. However Gwynne is the choose to win, he may set a draining tempo and would possibly even power an inside the space end within the late rounds.
“I actually like boxing southpaws so that is nice for me,” Gwynne mentioned. “I’ve fought at a a lot greater degree than Willis, however he’s unbeaten and I do know it’s going to carry the very best out in him so I’ve ready for the very best model of him.”
Willis responded, “He’s tall, powerful and sport, however he’s beatable, so it’s nothing that worries me.
“He’s constructed a little bit of momentum and has loads of confidence, so it’s my job to take that confidence away, which I’ll.
“It could imply every little thing to me to win these titles. All I’ve ever dreamed about is that Lonsdale belt. I’ve acquired my alternative to get it now and I don’t plan on letting it slip.”
Additionally on the present count on Kazakhstan’s Sultan Zaurbek to indicate his high quality in opposition to Haithem Laamouz. Sam Gilley bins Drew Brown for the English super-welterweight title. In solely her second professional bout Nina Hughes will field Bec Connolly. Carl Fail, a prime prospect, can be in motion. Elliot Whale, one other one to observe, will get a run out on this invoice too.
The Verdict Combating for the British title will carry out the very best in each males.