Eddie Hearn is already eyeing up the next step for his latest world champion Ellie Scotney following her victory over Cherneka Johnson at Wembley Arena on June 10th. Scotney would claim a unanimous decision with scores 98-92 x2 and one score of 97-93 on the respective judge’s scorecards to claim the IBF world super-bantamweight title.
Hearn was impressed with his latest addition to the Matchroom roster of champions and is already targeting bigger things for Scotney in regards to targeting more silverware immediately.
“I thought it was a brilliant performance from Scotney,” Hearn said when asked by Boxingscene.com.
“We don’t have to worry about a rematch, so we are looking at unifications straight away.”
The super-bantamweight division sees the titles currently fragmented, with the WBC, WBO & WBA respective titles currently held by three different individuals. Yamileth Mercado (21-3, 5KOs) holds the WBC and is a two-weight world champion. Segolene Lefebvre (17-0, 1KO) currently holds the WBO super-bantamweight world title and has held the title twice.
Hearn is targeting an in-house fight with the WBA world champion and Matchroom-promoted fighter, Mayerlin Rivas (17-4-3, 11KOs). Rivas was in action on the same day in Argentina, defending her title against Nazarene Romero, with the bout ultimately being ruled a technical draw after five rounds due to a clash of heads. Rivas did not sustain any damage from the incident but was knocked down in the third round of the scheduled 10-round championship distance.
Hearn comments that despite Romero’s possible desire to rematch Rivas, depending on how long her injuries take to heal may proceed to make the unification between Rivas and Scotney regardless.
“We are still working out exactly what our next steps are with Scotney.
“But Rivas is with us, and she is an exceptional fighter. That would be a great fight between the two of them, and it should be a straightforward one to make.”