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Boxer Frankie Gavin smashed stool over man's head in seaside bar brawl

Birmingham boxer Frankie Gavin threw broken bottles at a man, smashed a bar stool over another man’s head and punched a bar doorman in Somerset, a court heard.

The boxer has been charged with affray. Credit: BPM Media

On Wednesday the welterweight contender was handed a five-month prison term suspended for 12 months after admitting his part in violence which broke out at Krackers Bar in Brean just days after he lost his world title bid in May.

Gavin, nicknamed ‘Funtime Frankie’, appeared at Taunton Magistrates Court to face sentencing for a charge of affray.

He was also told to complete 180 hours of unpaid work for the community and told to pay costs of £1,800. He must also pay £75 to the six victims.

He appeared at the Taunton Magistrates Court to face sentencing. Credit: BPM Media

The court heard how 30-year-old Gavin, from Wash Lane, Yardley, got embroiled in violence in the bar on the evening of June 7.

He was out with his wife Emma, two young children and two other male friends with their families.

Gavin’s friend Andrew Reilly, 31, from Hidcote Grove, Kitts Green, who was also in court after pleading guilty to affray.

Krackers Bar in Brean in Somerset where the brawl broke out. Credit: BPM Media

He was the mastermind of the violence and at first, magistrates heard, Gavin stood back.

But when a man who had been attacked was on the floor, the boxer broke a bottle on a table then threw it at the victim.

CCTV footage then captured him smashing a bar stool over another man’s head.

The violent incident took place on June 7. Credit: BPM Media

Then, when the men returned to the bar to retrieve car keys they had left behind, Gavin punched a doorman before leaving.

The violence took place in front of youngsters, including his own two children.

I have read your references, including one from promoter Eddie Hearn, who calls you a role model.

Well, you are a role model – for gratuitous violence in the full view of children. But in your favour I have watched CCTV footage and you were not the prime aggressor.

– Sentencing Gavin, District judge David Taylor