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Gavin to turn pro after Olympics

Frankie Gavin
Gavin has high hopes of an Olympic medal in China

Britain's world amateur lightweight champion Frankie Gavin has confirmed he will turn professional after the Beijing Olympic Games this summer.

The 24-year-old's decision is sure to start a scramble among the world's top promoters - he has already spoken to Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy group.

"I will turn pro after Beijing whatever happens," he said.

"If I come back with a gold medal I will have accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the amateur sport."

Gavin said that turning professional straight after Beijing made financial sense.

"I know if I succeed in Beijing my earning potential will rise a lot so I have got to concentrate on making sure that happens," he said.

"Fighting in the Olympics in London would be a great thing but it is too far away for me.

"I will be ready for new challenges and I am looking forward to having the chance to prove myself as a professional."

see also
Britain's Beijing medal hopefuls
07 Aug 07 |  Sport Homepage
Frankie Gavin - Boxing
07 Aug 07 |  Boxing
Gavin tipped to follow king Khan
26 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
British boxers strike golden form
25 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games

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