Someone's undefeated record is probably going to be blemished. On Friday night, 39-year-old European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (30-0-2, 11 KO) defends his title against 28-year-old Commonwealth champion Frankie Gavin (19-0, 12 KO) in Wolverhampton, England.
Because of the location, Gavin will be the fan favorite. Wolverhampton is less than three hours from Gavin's hometown of Birmingham.
In his last bout, Gavin won a unanimous decision over Sacky Shikukutu in March. However, the bout featured some anxious moments for the Commonwealth champion. He was dropped in the second round by a stiff left cross from the African southpaw.
Gavin recovered to win a comfortable decision, but it wasn't an easy fight.
He will be looking to take another step toward a world title against Bundu, a formidable late bloomer who stopped the tough Lee Purdy in the final round of their bout in December 2013.
This should be an interesting test for both fighters. Here's how you can watch.
When: Friday, August 1 at 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local time)
Where: Civic Hall; Wolverhampton, West Midlands, United Kingdom
TV: Sky Sports
Live Stream: Box Nation
Better Late than Never
When you watch Bundu fight, you may find yourself wondering how this guy isn't more well known or how he has yet to face a legitimate household name in the sport.
Though he's a bit short for the welterweight division at 5'6.5", his skills are apparent. Even at 39 years old, he's quick and possesses deceiving punching power.
Because he turned pro at the age of 30, his career has not progressed as quickly as a man with his talents normally would have. Bundu told Anson Wainwright of MaxBoxing.com he had 140 amateur fights before turning pro.
You can see the sharpness in his movements and overall in-ring presence.
The former Olympian has a chance to really make a statement with a win over Gavin. If he wins, it will be the biggest victory of his career and likely set him up for a bout against a much bigger name at 147 pounds.
Bundu turns 40 in November, but he could still be a tough out for just about anyone.
Focused and Fit
Gavin's conditioning didn't look to be optimal in his close call with Shikukutu. By the looks of Gavin in this tweet from Box Nation, he seems committed to proving stamina and focus won't be an issue against Bundu.
Gavin knows how tough of an opponent he has in front of him, but he still feels confident he'll emerge victorious.
Britain's only world amateur champion may have experienced some boredom and frustration with the slow progression of his career over the last two years. Perhaps that played a part in his lackluster performance the last time out.
Because he's 28, he'd like to be facing elite fighters sooner rather than later. Bundu represents an obvious bump up in talent. Will Gavin be up to the challenge?
Shikukutu gave Gavin some trouble early, and there are some similarities between the former and Bundu. Both are shorter, more compact welterweights who are southpaws.
However, Bundu is an even better boxer.
His technical acumen and in-ring IQ will give Gavin trouble. Bundu will likely stun Gavin with a few hard countershots, though he may not have the power to finish him.
Still, by the middle rounds, Bundu should be in control. Frustration might be Gavin's biggest adversary, as he could struggle to solve the veteran. This might be a wild prediction, but Bundu is the pick to win via split decision.
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