SPORT: Heavyweight title for builder

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Gavin Thomas wins central area belt

Rugby builder Gavin Thomas claimed the central area heavyweight boxing belt last week in Bedworth.

Gavin beat Leicester man, Vinny Russell in a hard fought contest in which Vinny retired at the end of the third round.

Gavin boxes for the Burbage-based Heart of England club and forced the pace from the off with solid straight shots from behind a high and tight guard.

His stocky opponent blazed back with both hands but Gavin’s relentless pressure paid off as Russell began to tire and Thomas began to switch his attacks to the body.

A standing count in the third led to Vinny’s corner retiring their man at the end of the round.

Gavin will be defending his belt on May 15 at the stadium in Hinckley.