Gavin has big plans for 2013

Frankie Gavin, the first British world amateur champion, has his sights set on a world title. John Gichigi/Getty Images

Welterweight prospect Frankie Gavin finished 2012 strong by winning the British title via clear decision against former world titleholder Junior Witter on Nov. 1. Now, Gavin hopes to keep things rolling in 2013.

He’ll be back in action Jan. 18 in Walsall, England, to make his first British title defense against Jason Welborn (10-1, 5 KOs) on promoter Frank Warren’s first show of the year. The 27-year-old Gavin, a 2008 Olympian and Britain’s only world amateur champion, has his eyes on the Commonwealth and European titles before too long.

“My aim for next year is to keep fighting regularly and win the Lonsdale belt outright. That would be my dream, and then I want the Commonwealth and European titles. Next year is the year I clean up domestically before looking at world titles.”

He is also happy to be back so quickly after the Witter fight.

"It’s great to be back in action so soon after beating Witter and especially in January, which means I can get more fights throughout the year, although fighting in January means that I’ll have to watch what I eat over Christmas.

“I can’t wait to get in the ring again, I’ve stayed in shape after the Witter fight and I’d be ready to fight this Saturday if I had to. Welborn is a good tough fighter, but there’s no way I’m letting this belt go so he’s got to bring something special to the ring if he’s going to beat me. I know what I can achieve in this sport and beating Witter to become British champion is only the start. I’m going all the way to the world title.”