Too strong for brave Bavington
CHERRELLE BROWN won the vacant WBC International female super-lightweight title, taking a unanimous verdict over Wolverhampton’s game Kirstie Bavington at York Hall.
At the end of 10-twos, all three officials scored widely for Brown – though there was some confusion over the actual tallies. Eventually they were confirmed as 98-91 for Mark Bates, 99-90 (announced as 99-98) for Jurgen Langos and 100-89 (announced as 100-95) for Anssi Perajoki.
The scores took into account a point deduction for Bavington in the sixth, for persistently failing to obey referee Lee Cook’s instructions – but did not reflect the loser’s spirited showing. Bavington came forward throughout, looking to get close and land, and Brown – who has now won six straight – frequently held, to the fury of Bavington’s corner.
Brown (Islington) countered well and hit harder. She tried to keep it long, but was often thwarted by Bavington’s swarming tactics. A right to the head had Bavington holding on in the fifth, and Bavington finished with a swelling on the right cheek.
Mitcham’s Jumanne Camero inflicted first defeat on Edgware’s Alex Ananivi, taking referee Cook’s 58-56 verdict after six good-value rounds.
Going in, Ananavi was 3-0 while Camero had lost five of his last six (including the last three). But southpaw Camero, a former Southern Area lightweight champion, took control from the outset, continually forcing Ananivi onto the defensive. A right to the head had Ananivi looking unsteady in the second.
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July 25, 2019