LOCHGELLY boxer Emma McCulloch insists that she her latest bout will stand her in good stead despite suffering a narrow defeat.

The 27-year-old, who is a member of Glenrothes Boxing Club, travelled to the West Midlands for her second professional fight at the weekend but lost out on points to Danielle Hodges.

Former four-time Boxing Scotland Elite Championship women's light flyweight 48kg champion Emma made the decision to leave the amateur ranks last year and, in February, defeated Bulgaria's Teodora Hristova on points by unanimous decision in her first venture into the pro ring.

That took place over four rounds but, in Sunday's contest at 'The Venue' in Dudley, little more than 10 miles outside Birmingham, she fought the experienced 33-year-old Hodges over six.

Emma's opponent made her pro bow in August 2017 and held a record of four wins from six fights ahead of their meeting, and managed to record a fifth with an extremely close 58-57 victory on the Sunday Service Show, hosted by BCB Promotions.

"Unfortunately, I lost on points 57-58," she explained.

"Having said that, I am pleased with my performance. It's never an easy task trying to get a win away from home, and I thought I'd done enough for at least a draw,but that's boxing!

"My opponent had that extra professional experience, and it was my first time boxing six rounds in my second professional fight. I was able to demonstrate some of things I'd been working on in the gym which is also a positive.

"I sustained a swollen eye during the third round after my left eye clashed with her shoulder. I could feel it beginning to swell but luckily it didn't close and I was able to box the six rounds.

"I was keen to box well so I'm not too disheartened by the result."

Emma, who is backed by sponsors Diamond Fitness, of Lochgelly, and Ryan Knox Carpet Fitter, added: "Due to the close result, we are looking at a potential rematch; it's certainly something I'm interested in.

"It could also be a good opportunity for a title fight, but this is something that I'd further discuss with Stevie (McGuire, Emma's coach).

"I will also be looking to get more experience under my belt. Unfortunately, there isn't a massive queue of pro boxers at the weight, so I'll be taking all the opportunities that come my way!"