Kell Brook is priced up like a certainty at 9/100 to beat Frankie Gavin when the pair do battle for the Sheffield fighter’s IBF World Welterweight title fight at the O2.
The expert agree, with Carl Froch predicting ‘Special K’ will stop the challenger in the middle rounds and Johnny Nelson also believing the 63/100 underdog won’t last the full 12 threes.
Yet there has been money for Gavin in recent days, suggesting there is some confidence behind the man who became Britain’s first ever world amateur champion in 2007.
His pro career has failed to follow the trajectory of his vest and headguard days despite British and Commonwealth title wins and he has been singularly unimpressive in recent fights, looking to carry questionable conditioning into the bouts.
However, the Birmingham native has a world title fight ahead of him and if that won’t motivate him then he may as well give up.
The bout has the feeling of a keep-fit affair ahead of greater things for Brook, with all the possibilities of complacency that brings.
Gavin’s style – evasive and effective off the back foot, with the ability to land scoring punches from an usually wide array of angles – could easily lull Brook into losing his sense of urgency too.
Meanwhile, the fact that he lacks knockout power at welterweight (just one of his last six wins came by stoppage) may further erode the champion’s killer instinct.
‘Special K’ is just one fight down the road from the machete attack that could have taken his life and he proved little bar his fitness in dismissing the out-of-his-depth Jo Jo Dan (above) inside four rounds at the end of March.
Former world amateur lightweight boss Gavin may never get another chance like this and those who fancy an upset are pointed in the direction of the 9/1 about him winning on points.