• Dexter Hastings

Bavington shines in Newcastle



Black Country Boxing’s Kirstie Bavington shone with a sensational Victory on the undercard of Savannh Marshall WBO world title defence at Newcastle arena (16.10.21). With just four days notice ‘Bavvo’ (29) took on the unbeaten April Hunter (26) in he birth place of Newcastle live on Sky sports in a six, two minute round welterweight contest.








Bavington started the fight fast and shocked Hunter with a relentless pace winning the first two rounds with ease. Hunter rallied in the third and got some good shots off and blooded Bavington’s nose, this did no deter the PE teacher from Wolverhampton and she continued to apply educated pressure and in my opinion got a share of the round. The forth was another close one that went back and fourth with both fighters getting good shots off but I thought Bavington did enough to nick it. The fifth was probably Hunters best round as Bavington began to tier, but Bavington did not stop coming forward and I would only just give that round to Hunter. The final round was a full on scrap with both females letting there hands go, this suited Bavington more who edged the round and won the fight.


Judge Kevin Weaver scored it 59 to 56 Bavinton, 59 to 57 Bavington.


Bavington was interviewed straight after the fight and was very emotional about her victory, she told Sky Sports “I have came up here with no supporters and with just four days notice won, this victory means the world to me”. Her trainer Paul Mann you could see was just as happy as Kirstie as he gave her a big hug to celebrate a great shock victory.


Dexter’s Thoughts

What a fantastic victory for Kirstie Bavington, she showed she is a force to be reckoned with and can compete with the top prospects in her division. I love writing about these kind of fights Hunter probably thought it may be a tough fight but she would win convincingly in front of her home town support, oh how wrong she was! Anyone who has seen Bavington fight knows she always comes to win and on Saturday she was not going to be denied. She was relentless and put it on Hunter from the start and did not let up until the final bell rang. Hopefully this win will get Bavington back in title contention as a good win in the female division seems to propel you up the rankings. Congratulations to Kirstie on a fantastic win and her trainer Paul Mann who has worked tirelessly with her. I look forward to seeing her out again soon.