Domestic Female Welterweight Matchup Between Kirstie Bavington And Dee Allen On The Horizon
Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington (7-2-2, 2 KOs) has been ordered to defend her European welterweight title against the mandatory challenger and WBC International champion, London’s Dee Allen (4-0, 3 KOs).
Bavington upset April Hunter in 2021 which earnt her a European title shot in May 2022 where she convincingly outpointed Hungary’s Timea Belik. ‘Bavvo’ recently inked with Dennis Hobson’s Fight Academy and headlined on her debut for the promotion in November when she decisioned the previously unbeaten Naomi Mannes.
Her stable mate Hannah Rankin is also with Fight Academy/Fightzone and was delivered a world title shot in 2021 as well as a major exposure opportunity against Terri Harper on DAZN last August, two things Bavington will be hoping can be replicated for her.
Bavington and Rankin share a card on March 10 at The Hangar Events Venue, Wolverhampton live on Fightzone. Rankin faces American Logan Holler (9-2-1) whilst Bavington meets Canadian Kandi Wyatt (10-4) for the WBA Intercontinental title. Also on the bill, Joel McIntyre (20-5) and Ricky Summers (18-3-1) collide for the English light heavyweight title.
Allen, labelled a big puncher, came off the floor to drop and stop Milena Koleva in the opening round of her debut in March. Following that, Allen recorded two more knockout wins against Matilde Contreras and Klaudia Vigh in back-to-back contests both in the 4th round.
The Londoner went the distance for the first time when she won a WBC trinket belt against 4-0 Cindy Reyes Espinoza in just her fourth outing after 7 months as a pro. Three stoppages in four wins as a female boxer is a rare occurence, and if Allen was with a major promoter/network, there is no doubt she would have more hype behind her as well as a much bigger profile.
Allen has been calling for a bout with Bavington, Lauren Price and Harper and now she may finally get her wish if Bavington does not vacate.
Her manager Robbie Flynn told NoSmokeBoxing that he believes his charge could present a significant challenge for Harper and she deserves a breakout fight.
“It’s a fight that we’d fancy, that we’d win… Dee is willing to step in the ring with anyone, literally anyone.”
“It’s two British females. I dare anyone to look at any footage of Dee and say it wouldn’t be a hugely competitive fight”
Flynn called for a Dee Allen – Kirstie Bavington contest late last year as well. Bavington’s promoter Dennis Hobson welcomed talks to stage a bout when speaking with NoSmokeBoxing but they never materialized.
Kirstie Bavington-Dee Allen is a fight which deserves to land on a major show but if that isn’t a possibility, Fightzone was created to give TV opportunities to fighters when they couldn’t be found elsewhere and this would be a marquee headline for the platform.