Last night in Wolverhampton, former amateur standout Frankie Gavin lost for the first time as a professional in his challenge for the European welterweight title, against the long-time champion Leonard Bundu of Italy.
It was a notably absorbing contest as, just when Gavin seemed to be taking control of the action, Bundu dropped the local favourite with a sickening body shot in Round 6, and that swung the momentum back in his direction.
Gavin rallied late on, but it was not enough to win the day—one judge had him winning 115-112, overruled by the other two who both had it to Bundu on cards of 114-113.
From ringside, I scored the bout 115-114 to Bundu, with the first and eleventh rounds even. On that card, Gavin took Rounds 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12, while Bundu took Rounds 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9, so it was the knockdown which decided the outcome.
You could certainly make the case for the draw and perhaps even for a Gavin victory, but, overall, it is hard to feel aggrieved for the challenger, who did not offer enough over the distance to take the title from Bundu.
This was the second time in the last 12 months that the Italy based champion has come to the UK and beaten a domestic challenger, knocking out Lee Purdy late in December. However, Gavin was believed to be a level or two above Purdy and entered as the clear betting favourite last night.
Here are the top things we learned from the upset.