Heavyweight Johnny Fisher was taken the distance for the first time, as Spain’s Gabriel Ebguema withstood an early onslaught and gave Fisher plenty to think about on the Alexandra Palace bill in North London.
Fisher was wild with his right early on, but when he emerged from a clinch with blood running down his face from a cut above his left eye, he began getting urgent, winging right hands at Enguema, which the Spaniard did well to withstand.
The Romford fighter was getting very right-hand happy in the second round and there were signs that Ebguema was starting to read him, as he slipped the big right repeatedly and landed well with an uppercut up close. But Fisher finished the round well, after landing a good left hook and, while he took the third as well, there were signs that he was running short on ideas.
The fourth was a bit more circumspect and in the fifth, when Fisher’s gumshield fell out, it became clear his stamina was running out. Now it was Ebguema coming forward, although by the final round, the Spaniard’s output was minimal, enabling Fisher to collect a comfortable decision to move to 5-0, referee Mark Bates scoring it 59-55.
Ellie Scotney recorded the best win of her career in her fourth professional fight, as she had to deal with a cut from the third round onwards before claiming a unanimous decision against former IBF super-flyweight champion Jorgelina Guanini, from Argentina.
It was a rough encounter, with the pair regularly clashing heads. Scotney had the marginally cleaner work and looked good when boxing on the backfoot, but she was socked a point in the final round for holding by referee Steve Gray.
All three judges, Mike Fitzgerald, Jean-Robert Laine and Marcus McDonnell all went for Scotney, by scores of 95-94, 96-94 and 96-94 respectively.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.