Aberdeen’s Kristen Fraser marked an historic first professional fight for a Scottish female boxer with an emphatic debut victory.
The 28-year-old became Scotland’s first women’s professional in defeating Lana Cooper of Wales 60-54 at the city’s Hilton Treetops Hotel.
Trailblazer Fraser, nicknamed TFE – The First Ever, hopes to inspire a generation of future Scottish women ring stars.
The Granite City ABC super bantamweight, a five-time Scottish amateur champion, is also targeting title glory and began her quest on both fronts in impressive style.
Fraser said: “I made history with this fight and to go out and do this for women’s boxing was great.
“Now I just want to crack on with more fights.
“I have another show in May and it is onwards and upwards.
“Long-term I am going to chase everything down and aim to go for titles.”
Fraser won every round and was on the front foot throughout against Cooper.
The Aberdeen boxer commanded the centre of the ring and landed a succession of jabs and combinations.
She said: “Cooper was a tough opponent and it was difficult to determine her in the first couple of rounds.
“However, once I started to get my jab working and landing body shots as well, I managed to push her on to the backfoot.
“And as soon as I get someone on the back foot they are mine.
“It was a great victory on my first outing but it did not come easy to get that 60-54 score.
“My spirits are absolutely sky high and I am so full of confidence after that victory in my first fight.”
Peterhead lightweight “King” Artur Selivanovs made it four wins from four in the paid ranks with a 60-55 victory over Simas Volosinas of Lithuania.
Selivanovs produced a composed display with rapid combinations and is quickly becoming a fans’ favourite amidst the North-east boxing fraternity.
Selivanovs said: “I would like to thank all my fans who came out to see me.
“Now we are going to have a first ever professional boxing night in Peterhead with me headlining on May 27.”
Also making a professional debut was Granite City’s Macduff-based super bantamweight Billy Stuart.
The 19-year-old secured an impressive 39-37 pro debut victory over a durable Dimitrij Gutmans of Riga, Latvia.