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Harry Scarff done with being ‘avoided’ after dethroning Ekow Essuman in Manchester

Harry Scarff became the new British, Commonwealth and European welterweight champion after handing Ekow Essuman his first professional defeat.

The 30-year-old fought just eight rounds in 20 months before stepping between the ropes against the previously unbeaten Essuman.

Nevertheless, he was able to bag arguably the biggest win of his career and improve his record to 13-2.

All three judges favoured Scarff after 12 rounds, scoring the bout 116-113, 117-112 and 115-113.

“I’m feeling brilliant,” the Derby-based boxer told TNT Sports. “This is what it’s all about, this is what I’ve dreamed of for a long time now. Since you start out, you want to win the Lonsdale belt.

“I’m buzzing. I’ve been starved in my career with inactivity and being avoided because I’m a horrible night’s work. Now, people are going to have to fight me, they’re going to have to come to me.”

Scarff’s two professional defeats came against Anthony Fowler back in 2019 and Troy Williamson in 2020.

The Brit is now covered with silverware and revealed he wants more opportunities after being ‘starved’ of fights.

He added: “I beat a good champion there. I’m ready for whatever now. I’m ready for my opportunities which I’ve been starved of. Give me the opportunities, I’ll take them, I’ll keep turning up and I’ll keep winning. I’ll keep ripping up the script.”

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