Scotney Impresses Against Roman
It would be a great injustice if the performance of Ellie Scotney gets lost in everything else that took place on a thoroughly entertaining night at the O2 Arena in London.
Scotney comprehensively and impressively beat the former world champion Maria Cecilia Roman on points to set up a world title opportunity later this year. The scores were wide and accurate, 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 as Scotney successfully defended her WBA Intercontinental super-bantamweight title.
Roman was quickly behind on the cards and only briefly flattered in the 4th and 5th rounds, but if the Argentinian had any hopes of a revival, Scotney would very quickly extinguish them.
It was a night and a fight where everything just clicked into place. Clearly flourishing under the tutelage of Shane McGuigan, Scotney showed discipline and her obvious class. Ignoring any temptation to brawl, the unbeaten former amateur star kept it at range demonstrating her superior tools for much of the 10 round super-bantamweight contest. It was by far the best performance of her professional career.
Scotney now 5-0, initially had a stop-start to her career, the Pandemic hit soon after she turned professional and left the Catford hopeful waiting in the wings. But with three fights since October, Scotney is now very much making up for lost time.
There is little doubt Scotney will get an opportunity to win a world title in her next fight. The only question is where and who. There are options at super-bantamweight, but Scotney seems set on a fight at bantamweight against Ebanie Bridges the recently crowned IBF champion.
But the Australian is on the wanted list of many, and will almost certainly seek unification fights, and that might leave Scotney having to be content with a world title elsewhere. But whoever is next, Scotney served notice that she will be an incredibly hard fighter to beat. And at 24, she is only going to get better.
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