- Frankie Gavin will fight Sam Eggington for the British welterweight title
- The Commonwealth belt will also be on the line in Birmingham in October
- Gavin lost his last fight to world champion Kell Brook at the O2 in May
- Brothers Kal and Gamal Yafai will also be on the packed card
Frankie Gavin is to fight British and Commonwealth welterweight champion Sam Eggington at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on October 17.
In challenging his local rival, Gavin will continue fighting at 147lbs despite, in the aftermath of his one-sided defeat by Kell Brook in May, speaking of taking what appeared the logical step of moving down to light-welterweight.
‘The plan is still to [eventually] go back to light-welter,’ Gavin, 29, said. ‘[But] because I got a good offer I decided to stay. It’s not financial, it’s three belts on the line so I thought I’d stay up [at 147lbs].
Frankie Gavin (right) will take on Sam Eggington in Birmingham for the British welterweight title
‘It’s a good fight for Birmingham.’
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn added: ‘I have to take my hat off to Frankie and Sam.
‘Frankie is straight back in the war zone after his defeat to Kell [Brook] and Sam is putting all his hard work on the line at only 21.’
Matthew Macklin is one who will be changing weight divisions. After several years as a world middleweight title contender, the 33-year-old will fight Jason Welborn, also on October 17.
The promising Yafai brothers, Kal and Gamal, will also feature, the former against Jason Cunningham for the vacant British super flyweight title.
Brothers Kal (left) and Gamal Yafai will also be on the packed card at the Barclaycard Arena in October
Jason Welborn, Eggington, promoter Eddie Hearn (centre), Gavin, Matthew Macklin, Kal Yafai and Gamal Yafai