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Rising British boxing star Frankie Gavin insists critics of Amir Khan are just jealous and predicts he and his pal will triumph next week.


Light-welterweights Gavin and Khan know each other well from boxing together with England amateurs.


Both are on the bill in Newcastle on December 5 when WBA champion Khan, 22, headlines against Dmitriy Salita.


Brummie fighter Gavin, who faces France's Samir Tergaoui, is confident he and Khan will prevail at the Metro Radio Arena.


And he is annoyed with WBC super-middleweight titleholder Carl Froch, 32, for branding Khan "boring" and criticising his defence and tactics.


Ukrainian challenger Salita also had a pop at Khan, dismissing him as "chinny" following his shock first-round loss by Breidis Prescott in September 2008.


But Gavin, 24, said: "It is bad and is more out of jealously than anything.


"Khan has done well and got a lot of money and is a lot younger than them.


"He has a long career ahead of him but other fighters like Froch are their in their prime now. So Amir Khan still has a lot more to offer than them."


Gavin trains at Anthony Farnell's gym in Failsworth, Manchester and watched stablemate Ronnie Heffron spar with Khan last week.


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The trio are scheduled to box in Newcastle and Gavin is organising a slap-up dinner afterwards, which he is sure will be in celebration.


Gavin added: "I think Amir will win no problem. I've been watching him in the gym and he is doing well.


"Ronnie Heffron was in Bolton last week to spar with him and Amir said he is feeling better than he has for a while.


"I think it will be late on against Salita but he will stop him because he is too fast." Gavin's clash with Tergaoui will be his fifth as a professional after leaving the amateur ranks a year ago.


He is tipped for the top by promoter Frank Warren after winning the 2007 AIBA World Amateur championships as a lightweight in Chicago.


Gavin's progress was stalled by being too heavy for the lightweight division at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing but he is delighted with his progress since.


He added: "I said at the beginning of last year that I wanted to stay undefeated and I have.


"Hopefully in two years I'll be where Amir is now - challenging for a world title. And by this time next year I want to be going for English, Commonwealth and British titles.


"The aim really is to win titles and be the best.


"It is good to have money but I would rather have less money and be world champion than more money and not be world champion.


"People don't look at you when you walk past and say, 'He's loaded', they say, 'He's world champion'."


Read Frankie Gavin's weekly boxing diary, only on Mirror.co.uk



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