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.