Boxing weekend prediction: Gavin to defeat Horta

We highlight the fights to watch this weekend and bring you our prediction for Frankie Gavin v Frank Horta

By Mike Pope

Prediction: Gavin to beat Horta by unanimous decision

Frankie Gavin has struggled to emulate the early success of fellow 2008 Olympian James DeGale but he will be hoping that his fourth fight in 2011 will remind people of his talents. Gavin will be up against durable Frenchman Frank Horta, who has never been stopped in 39 professional fights, on Friday night in Manchester. Gavin will use his superior footwork and punching power to overwhelm his light punching opponent but will not have everything his own way. Expect Gavin to get a cut at some point in the bout and be troubled by his opponent’s ability to go the distance and make him look bad. However, the Englishman will edge out a close but unanimous decision by the end of the 12 rounds.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Patrick Teixeira v Juan Lucero
Sao Paulo, Brazil
8 rounds light middleweight

Moruti Mthalane v Andrea Sarritzu
Cagliari, Italy
12 rounds flyweight for Mthalane’s IBF title

Frankie Gavin v Frank Horta
Manchester, England
12 rounds welterweight

Brandon Gonzales v Ossie Duran
Atlantic City, USA
8 rounds middleweight

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Takalani Ndlovu v Giovanni Caro
Colima, Mexico
12 rounds super bantamweight for Ndlovu’s IBF title

Hernan Marquez v Luis Concepcion
Hermosillo, Mexico
12 rounds flyweight for Marquez’s WBA title

Nkosinathi Joyi v Katsunari Takayama
Eastern Cape, South Africa
12 rounds minimumweight for Joyi’s IBF title

Robert Garcia v Lanardo Tyner
Pharr, USA
10 rounds light middleweight

Ivan Calderon v Felipe Rivas
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
12 rounds minimumweight

Vanes Martirosyan v Richard Gutierrez
Thackerville, USA
10 rounds light middleweight

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