Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Top Gold Hope Gavin Loses Bid to Make Weight

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Top Gold Hope Gavin Loses Bid to Make Weight

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Byline: Ian Chadband

BRITISH boxing's Olympic hopes were dealt a shattering blow today when their world champion Frankie Gavin was forced to pull out on the eve of the Games, writes Ian Chadband.

Gavin, strong favourite for gold in the lightweight division, was left "devastated" after finally having to concede defeat to his on-going problems of making the weight.

The star of a gifted eight-man boxing line-up, and one of the hottest gold prospects in the entire British Olympic team, had been left behind at the training camp in Macau in a desperate bid to lose

Gold hope Gavin loses bid to make the weight the last few pounds to be able to make the 60kg lightweight limit at tomorrow's pre- draw weigh in, but will now fly home.

Terry Edwards, the boxing team's head coach, admitted: " Frankie has been working his whole boxing career towards the Olympic Games and he is obviously completely devastated.

" I would ask that his privacy is respected during this difficult period and that he is given the time to come to terms with the situation." The 22- year- old has spent five years boxing at lightweight but has recently been more comfortable at light- welter ( up to 64kg) the division he has campaigned in all year. …

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