Frankie Gavin looking beyond Jason Welborn ahead of Midlands clash on Friday
Last Updated: January 18, 2013 10:16pm
Frankie Gavin: planning to have plenty of fights over the next 12 months
Frankie Gavin reckons he'll be ready for a world title fight by the end of 2013 - but first he must get past domestic rival Jason Welborn on Friday night.
The Birmingham boxer will be defending his British welterweight title at a sold-out Walsall Town Hall against fellow Midlander Welborn, who has an 11-1 record as a professional.
"It's important that I keep winning. That's all that matters to me."
It is the first bout in what Gavin plans to be an extremely busy year; he claimed the Lonsdale belt with a points victory over Junior Witter at the end of 2012 but is already setting his sights higher.
"I've been told I'll be fighting again in April and then in June," Gavin said.
"Then in September I want another fight, perhaps for the European title or maybe an international or interim world title. By the end of the year I'll be ready for a world title.
"It's important to me to keep busy and keep this belt but if the two further defences don't happen quickly and I get offered a European title shot or something different of that stature then I'll take it.
"It's important that I keep winning. That's all that matters to me.
"I've got a winner's mentality. I just want to win, win, win. Whatever it takes."
Welborn, however, is warning the champion not to take him lightly.
"Gavin's a good boxer and will expect me just to come forward, missing my shots and making him look good," the 26-year-old admitted.
"But I've been working on technique and will be taking the fight to him, so if he thinks he can stand with me then he can try it.
"In my recent fight against Scott Haywood I broke the guy's jaw and I wasn't even trying to do that, it just came because of my technique and my looseness. I don't try to force the big shots, they just come."
Also on the bill, Walsall's Martin Gethin clash takes on Ben Murphy for the vacant British lightweight crown.