Sandy Ryan won the opening bout of Fight Camp as she outclassed Kirstie Bavington in a six-twos on her professional debut.
It was a damp start to Eddie Hearn’s summer festival of boxing in his old back garden in Essex, which marked his first UK show since switching broadcasters to DAZN.
Not only did he lose his opening headline act, when Conor Benn failed a COVID test this week, but a heavy rain shower two hours before the start had people anxiously looking to the skies and hoping for the best.
The first fight took place in light drizzle, as the sun tried to poke a whole in the clouds.
There was a gulf in class between Ryan, the Commonwealth Games gold medalist, and Bavington, who tried hard and was warned early on for going in low with her head, but largely offered Ryan target practice.
For the first two rounds, Ryan picked her shots as there was a lot of wrestling. But the further the fight went, the more Ryan warmed into it, making Bavington miss and landing eye-catching shots.
Referee Mark Bates scored it 60-64.
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.