Gavin to keep Lonsdale belt

  • Last Updated: September 21 2013, 23:17 BST

Frankie Gavin won the Lonsdale belt outright after successfully completing a drab third defence of his British welterweight title against David Barnes.

Frankie Gavin (L): Encountered an awkward clash of styles against fellow southpaw David Barnes
Frankie Gavin (L): Encountered an awkward clash of styles against fellow southpaw David Barnes

The unbeaten 27-year-old, who also holds the Commonwealth belt, bested his fellow southpaw by scores of 118-111, 117-112 and 118-112 at the Copper Box Arena.

Gavin's record stands at 17-0 and he will now look to make the step up to world level, although his most recent victory failed to capture the imagination.

Gavin took an early lead during an uninspiring opening, the former world amateur champion doing enough to win rounds but failing to land any truly hurtful shots.

He continued to rack up the points as Barnes paid for his inactivity, although the 32-year-old's awkward style ensured he was never in danger of being knocked out.

A forceful pep talk from trainer Bob Shannon prompted Barnes to finally come onto the front foot in round eight, but he did not show nearly enough aggression during the rest of the fight to turn the decision in his favour.

Elsewhere on the card, unbeaten Liam Walsh retained his commonwealth super-featherweight title and won the vacant WBO International title after a majority decision victory over Joe Murray, who suffered his first professional defeat.

After a tentative opening round Murray started letting his hands go in the second and continued to build an early lead on the scorecards with an assured display in the third.

Walsh eventually asserted himself and started to make it more competitive in the middle rounds, a right hand in the sixth stanza proving the catalyst for a prolonged period of pressure.

After a number of close rounds the outcome was still uncertain heading into the closing stages but Walsh showed the more aggression at the end and was given the nod on the scorecards.

Paul Butler also maintained his unbeaten record, moving to 13-0 after recording a lopsided points win over Miguel Gonzalez to win the WBO Inter-Continental super-flyweight title.

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