Fightzone Promoter Dennis Hobson is planning a world title journey for Kirstie Bavington after the Wolverhampton fighter’s recent successful defence of her European Boxing Union (EBU) Welterweight Title against Germany’s Naomi Mannes.
At the Rotherham Magna Centre on November 19, live on Fightzone, Bavington – managed and trained by BCB Promotions – was in another of her exciting trademark battles as she picked up a unanimous points decision over the previously unbeaten Mannes.
Now at 7-2-2 (2), including a highlight victory over highly-touted April Hunter, ‘Bavvo’ is on a four-fight winning streak and Hobson believes the 30-year-old can follow in the footsteps of her Fight Academy stablemate, Hannah Rankin.
Having previously guided the likes of Ricky Hatton, Clinton Woods and Jamie McDonnell to the pinnacle of the sport, as well as helping Rankin to become a double and two-time world champion – Hobson is a master at manouvering fighters into life-changing opportunities and sees Kirstie as a future star.
“I do think we can do a similar job with Kirstie, like we did with Hannah. We’ve got a great blueprint for the way we guided Hannah to the top, and Kirstie can benefit from that.
“Hannah will, I believe, become a world champion again [having lost her belts to Terri Harper in September] but we can do the same with Kirstie. She’s exciting and is great for the fans to watch. And the best thing about her is she wants it so much – so she isn’t shy when it gets a bit hot in the kitchen!
“I like Kirstie and her attitude, she brings it every time she steps in the ring. Women’s boxing has progressed so far so quickly, and I’m a converted fan. I love watching the women box and we’ve got some really good female fighters in our stable, including Katie Healy.
“I’m happy with how we’re regrouping at Fight Academy and Fightzone. We’ve let a few people go, we’ve got a few people who’ve come back on board and we’ll continue to get fighters opportunities who appreciate what we’re doing for them.”
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