Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington was crowned EBU European Welterweight Champion on Friday evening.
The 29 year-old defeated Hungarian Timea Belik via unanimous decision to claim the vacant European title on BCB Promotions’ show at The Hangar in her hometown.
“I’m buzzing,” she said afterwards. “This is for all the people who said you can’t do anything with your life. I’m here now as European Champion.
“I was trying my best to stop Belik but fair play she stood with me and made it a helluva fight.”‘Bavvo’ boxed to order throughout and showed her engine as she maintained a frenetic pace for the entire ten rounds.
Whilst Belik went into the bout with more title experience, it was Bavington who controlled the pace and flow of the fight to claim victory.
The three ringside judges scored the contest 100-90, 99-91, 99-92 to the local lass who claimed the vacant strap.
“We’re so proud of Kirstie and the whole gym,” added Head Trainer, Paul Mann. “It just shows that hard work and dedication pays off.
“We’ve won countless British, Commonwealth, English and Area titles over the years but this is the first European Title back at BCB HQ and that means a lot to us all.”
Bavington’s victory topped a stacked night of boxing at The Hangar. There were points wins for former Midlands Area welterweight champ Conah Walker, Cannock super welterweight Ollie Cooper, Wolverhampton Welterweight, Jermaine ‘Kundalini King’ Osbourne-Edwards, Wednesfield middleweight Alex ‘Razor’ Round and Exeter welterweight Shannon Willey.
You can relive all the action on BCB Promotions’ YouTube Channel here