Stevenage boxer goes so close

Billy Crotty almost pulled off one of amateur boxing s biggest shocks when he lost out on a close split decision to world lightweight 60kgs champion Frankie Gavin. Gavin, who is among the favourites for securing a Great Britain gold medal at the Beijing O

Billy Crotty almost pulled off one of amateur boxing's biggest shocks when he lost out on a close split decision to world lightweight 60kgs champion Frankie Gavin.

Gavin, who is among the favourites for securing a Great Britain gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, was pushed all the way by the Stevenage ABC boxer, who more than held his own for the first two rounds.

Crotty continued to impress in the third round and beat Gavin to the punch on a number of occasions, with one big right hand sending Gavin's gumshield spiralling through the air. Round four was also a tight affair, but it was Gavin, who entered the ring under the Olympic banner in his home city Birmingham, that came out on top.

The bout with Crotty was Gavin's last before travelling to Beijing, after which he will then turn professional.


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