Ellie Scotney honored her biggest fan in her most recent victory.
A sound boxing performance was delivered by the reigning IBF junior featherweight titlist, who effortlessly outpointed Laura Soledad Griffa over ten rounds. Scores of 100-90, 100-91 and 99-91 all landed for Scotney in their DAZN-aired title fight Saturday from OVO Arena Wembley in London.
The bout came one month after the loss of Scotney’s grandmother, Eileen who just turned 99 ten days prior her passing on August 29. The unbeaten fighting pride of Catford honored ‘Nan’ with ‘Come on Eileen’ as her ringwalk musical choice before she proceeded to effortlessly defend the title she won just fourteen weeks ago at this very venue.
The first of two title fights on the night saw Scotney welcome the aggression of Argentina’s Griffa and used her opponent’s forward momentum to her own advantage. Griffa began every round with a direct approach, as she walked directly into Scotney’s right hands and left hooks throughout their contest.
Scotney used subtle movement to keep her opponent at her desired title range, which allowed her to avoid the more telling blows and also gain leverage on her power shots. Griffa was cracked by a pair of left hooks in round three but showed a sturdy chin as she barely budged.
A right hand shot by Scotney in round six came as Griffa attempted a right of her own. The former title challenger took the shot well but saw her offense stalled in the process.
Scotney enjoyed frequent success with her left hook over the balance of the fight. Griffa was not without her success, as she landed a right uppercut in round nine. Unfortunately for the visiting challenger, it came as she was cracked by a pair of left hooks by Scotney, who reached a point where she couldn’t miss with her power shots.
Griffa (20-9-1, 1KOs) knew she needed a knockout to win and marched forward for the entirety of the tenth and final round. Scotney (8-0, 0KO) largely paid defense in the final two minutes to lodge her first defense of the title she claimed in a ten-round decision over Cherneka Johnson on June 10.
Headlining the show, lineal and IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia (22-0, 17KOs) defends versus unbeaten challenger Jordan Thompson (15-0, 12KOs).
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox