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.”
Gully Powar Has A Plan
Gully Powar has a plan to work towards becoming the ‘people’s champion’ after getting his pro career up and running.
He goes again as part of BCB Promotions’ final bill of the year at the Hangar Events Venue, in Wolverhampton, on the Friday night of December 16.
Powar made his paid debut and pummelled opponent Mohammed Al Warith for most of the four rounds, although his game adversary clung on to see the finish.
The 20-year-old, from Whitmore Reans, romped to a 40-35 points scoreline, having come very close to getting the job done early.
That promise shown was also on display during his amateur career, which was spent at Wolverhampton Boxing Club, racking up a ledger of 25 victories from 34 bouts.
Powar, who is coached by ex-pro Richie Carter, sees his long-term future in the super bantamweight division, where he’s targeting the top titles.
Of similar interest to Powar is the desire to empower others, which relates to his other occupation as a sports activator coach, at the InPower Academy.
The former Thomas Telford UTC pupil and City of Wolverhampton College student has three A Levels in public service, but believes his brain for boxing is a valuable tool.
He said: “I had three days off, after my debut, and then I was back to running and training. Some fighters have a week off, but I couldn’t handle that! Boxing is my 24-7 lifestyle.
“Everyone enjoyed my last one, it was a dominant performance from me and that fight could have been stopped, at any time, but it was good to get the rounds in.
“I loved the razzmatazz and coming out to the Punjabi drummers. It means a lot to me that I’m a part of the Sikh community.
“I’ve got big aspirations and I’m determined to become the people’s champion, for the Sikh community and the city of Wolverhampton, on the whole.
“There aren’t that many Punjabi fighters out there and I want to help put us all on the map. I’m very motivated to make that happen.
“We are being smart, with training, and I want to be as active as possible over the next 12 months. I’m staying sharp and I’ll be after a TKO or a knockout this time.
“I’m just going to rise to the occasion, put on a show for everyone and get these tests out of the way. I’m very effective, at what I do, and I’m there to entertain people.
“My motto is that hard work pays off and, if I put the effort in, I’ll keep getting better and better. I’m coming for all of the super bantamweights in my division.”
Tickets for the Hangar bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, from the BCB Box Office by calling 07493 582 261 or visiting myfighttickets.com.