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Gavin prepared for rough tactics

Frankie Gavin
Gavin won his first fight as a professional in his home city

Birmingham's Frankie Gavin is learning quickly how to deal with the rougher tactics of his opponents now he has turned professional.

The 23-year-old faces Mourad Frarema on Friday after beating France's George Kadaria on his debut in February.

He told BBC WM: "The ref didn't get involved as much because he [Kadaria] kept hitting me with his head.

"He wouldn't have got away with that as an amateur. I've got to learn to get a bit dirty with them."

Gavin was left with a cut nose after his four-round stoppage victory over Kadaria at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham and he knows he will be in for more rough tactics as his career develops.

I fought with power last time and this time I'm just going to show speed and I should out-box him.

Frankie Gavin

"When their heads come in I probably need to duck mine down a bit so they won't headbutt me in the face," he said.

"They'll hit the top of my head so it will hurt them then rather than me.

"A lot rush in with their head and try and put you off your game because they know they're not going beat you with fists."

Gavin is confident of making it two wins in a row as a professional and thinks his speed will make life very difficult for Frarema in Belfast.

"I feel so fast this time compared to last time," he said.

"I know he's fought at two weights above me but he's only had five fights, winning two and losing three, so I don't think he's going to be too good but he'll be tough and strong for the weight.

"I fought with power last time and this time I'm just going to show speed and I should out-box him."

Gavin is joined on the bill by Olympians James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders and he is expecting another excitable atmosphere in Northern Ireland.

"My mum and dad are from Ireland and my mates from Blues [Birmingham City] are coming over so it should be a good really good night.

"It's going to be nothing on [fighting in] Birmingham but I will be back there later in the year."

see also
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Frankie Gavin - Boxing
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