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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 March 2006, 05:58 GMT 06:58 UK
Gavin tipped to follow king Khan
By Matt Majendie
BBC Sport in Melbourne

England's Frankie Gavin
Gavin won Commonwealth gold in the lightweight division
Amateur Boxing Association head coach Terry Edwards has hailed England golden boy Frankie Gavin as the British fight scene's next Amir Khan.

The 20-year-old was one of six British fighters to win Commonwealth titles in the ring in Melbourne on Saturday.

And Edwards said: "Frankie's an extraordinary talent. People have yet to see the best of him.

"He has tremendous skills and I think he has the potential to even be as good as Amir, although its tough to gauge."

Edwards credited Khan, who turned professional after winning silver at the Athens Olympics, with inspiring his fellow fighters to Commonwealth glory.

"It's down to him that amateur boxing has risen," Edwards said.

"Now our guys are competing on a level playing field with some of the professionals."

There's no reason why I cannot be Olympic champion.
Frankie Gavin

Gavin was also quick to pay tribute to Khan, with whom he has been in close contact in the build-up to Melbourne, after he defeated Giovanni Frontin of Mauritius 23-9 in the lightweight final.

He said that he hoped that support would still be forthcoming en route to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"If I've improved this much in a year who knows what I could achieve in two," Gavin told BBC Sport.

"There's no reason why I cannot be Olympic champion. I can get so much better, so much better."

Coach Edwards was also quick to turn his attention to Beijing after his team's golden night in the ring and targeted an initial three Olympic medals.

But he added: "We only want winners - we didn't come here for bronze medals, we came here for gold, and that'll be the same in Beijing."

England team captain in Melbourne, Neil Perkins, who had been hotly tipped to win gold, finished with a bronze in the welterweight division.

And he warned qualification was the key before talking about any medals.

"It's so tough for British boxers to qualify through the European system for the Olympics," he said.

"But I still expect at least six British fighters to qualify and, from there, hopefully we can come away with three medals."



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