It's fisticuffs for Frankie and Sam

On Tuesday Mr Eddie Hearn returned to the Barclaycard Arena to host the first press conference for the long awaited brummie battle for bragging rights between Frankie Gavin and Sam Eggington. We were there to get the lowdown plus a first look at the jam-packed undercard.

We could definitely feel the tension between the rivals in Amplify Hospitality’s Quartz Restaurant at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. Frankie Gavin and Sam Eggington finally meet to contest the WBC International Welterweight title as the headline fight on October 22nd which will be shown live on Sky Sports.

IMG 20561

The last time we saw Eggington in Birmingham he was up against Bradley Skeete over at our sister venue, the Genting Arena, and unfortunately lost. However this time Sam assured us he’s very much ready for the fight  “I’m in a different mind-set now and I’ll be looking to knock him out on fight night. They don’t call me ‘the Savage’ for nothing.”

Frankie, despite previously having to pull out of the fight last year is in good form and raring to go “I’ve got superior skills and I think I’ll have far too much for him, as I’ve always believed I would do. I’ll be able to hit him at will and make him miss.”

The former sparring partners exchanged words. The packed audience on the day clearly seeing they both mean business and are in it to win it, with coaches Max McCracken (Gavin) and Jon Pegg (Eggington) both predicting KO wins for their fighters.


But bragging rights is not all that’s on the line for the two brummie boxers, Eddie Hearn confirmed that big things could be on the cards for the winner…the loser, not so much. A possible fight on the international stage with none other than Danny Garcia was even mentioned…you heard it here first!

“A couple of weeks before this fight was made I had a phone call from Al Haymon’s team and they said to me, ‘Do you have any welterweights to fight Danny Garcia?’ I’ve only got two welterweights,” Matchroom Boxing head mogul Eddie Hearn said. “So I said yeah I’ve got Frankie Gavin and I’ve got Sam Eggington. I think Frankie Gavin might work because he’s boxed Kell Brook and stuff like that, go away and have a look at him and come back. They phoned me up the next day and said we looked at them and we liked the Sam Eggington fight.”

He continued, “They said would $100,000 do it? I said no, don’t insult us. ‘What about $125,000?’ I said no, Danny Garcia, you’ve got to be north of $150,000.” Sam however wanted the fight,  Eddie laughed “He would have taken it for 10,000,”.


We also got a sneak peek of the packed-undercard, which is shaping up very nicely and will showcase some of the Midlands’ best boxing talent.  Another all-brummie battle will see Gamal Yafai defend his Commonwealth super bantamweight title against Sean Davis.


Midlands lightweight champion Marcus Ffrench faces his central area counterpart Robbie Barrett and Andy Keates will also makes his first area defence against prospect Jordan Cooke . Leicester’s Louis Norman goes head to head with Don Broadhurst, the pair drew back in 2014 at flyweight but now step it up to super flyweight for a rematch and an English title.

It was suggested that Halesowen resident Lennox Clarke may face Coventry’s Joe Sheriff and in his excitement, Eddie Hearn let slip about being close to securing local favourite Craig Cunningham and London 2012 Olympic Bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo for the middleweight WBC International title.

Further undercard fights for former world title challenger (and closet BCFC fan) Brian Rose, Ryan Fields and Cori Gibbs but who knows what other gems Eddie Hearn and his team have in store for us. Ticket for the show on October 22nd are available now.

Watch the full press conference here (WARNING: Some strong language)