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Gavin Takes Split Decision Victory
Points win for Gavin over Woodhouse
Posted Jul 21, 2011 by Chris White
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Frankie Gavin recorded his 11th straight victory with a split decision points victory against Curtis Woodhouse in defence of his WBO Inter-Continental welterweight title.
In a fight that could have gone either way, it was Gavin who was given the victory, with two scores of 117-112 and 116-113 in his favour, and 115-114 in favour of Woodhouse.
The former amateur world champion from Birmingham threatened to retire from boxing, aged just 31, if he was to lose the match against the former Birmingham City and Peterborough United midfielder, and it was Woodhouse who started the match the brightest, opening up an old wound on Gavin’s nose and knocking out his gum shield in the tenth round, but he could not capitalise on these blows as Gavin fought back, cutting Woodhouse under his left eye in the final seconds of the fight.
The defeat was the third in 18 fights for the former footballer, who landed a number of very strong right and left hands on the pre-fight favourite. He has a good record since turning from professional football to professional boxing, and can feel slightly aggrieved to have lost this fight, and while some may say Gavin deserved his win, others will feel that Woodhouse was actually the better man on the night. However, as we all know, what the judges say in this situation is final, and Gavin retained his title.