David Barnes has promised to destroy British Welterweight Champion
Frankie Gavin’s dream of winning the Lonsdale belt outright when they
clash at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday 21st September.
Manchester southpaw Barnes, himself a former outright winner of the
Lonsdale belt at welterweight and a British champion at light-welter,
says he’s in the shape of his life for his showdown with the unbeaten
Birmingham star and will wreck Gavin’s third and crucial title defence.
Hot talent Gavin outpointed the tricky Junior Witter last November to
win the title and put on a powerful performance to stop Jason Welborn
in the first defence in January. He showed his tremendous potential by
stopping Manchester’s Commonwealth Champion Denton Vassell in June in
the seventh round, but Barnes says he leagues above anything Gavin has
Gavin vs. Barnes features on a multi-title extravaganza promoted by
Frank Warren on the grand opening of the Copper Box Arena alongside
stars Billy Joe Saunders, Dereck Chisora, Paul Butler, Liam Walsh and
Mitchell Smith all in title action, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky
Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
Barnes, 32, said, "Gavin thinks I’m finished and he couldn’t be
further from the truth. I’m still fresh, I look after myself and I’m
really up for this fight against Gavin like no other. I’ll show you an
upset, just you see."
"I’ve heard it all before what Gavin is saying and all the people on
Twitter and boxing web site forums. Ted Bami was expected to knock me
out and look what I did to him,"
"I’ve got the experience on Gavin and I’m better than anything he’s
faced so far. I’ve been there, seen it and done it, nothing will rattle
me, words are just words and it’s what you do in the ring on the night
that counts and I’ll become British welterweight champion again, watch
“I’m in fantastic condition, on the night I’ll be at my peak and
nothing will stop me, not even Gavin. He’s young and talented, but I’ve
not seen anything to worry me at all.”