Issue | Premium | Reports | Jul 22 2019

Brown has too much for brave Bavington

Cherrelle Brown landed the vacant WBC International female super-lightweight title with a 10-round decision over Kirstie Bavington, writes Simon Euan-Smith
Cherrelle Brown strikes a victory pose
Bethnal Green • July 20

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.