Elite success for Ellouise and Jude
TWO young fighters at a Fishponds boxing club have achieved elite-level success.
Ellouise Challenger, Bradley Smith, Jack Oram and Taylor Andrews after their bouts in Banbury
Ellouise Challenger, 16, lifted the National 69k Youth title with a first round stoppage over former European Gold medallist Jessica Williams, of Selby, at the England Boxing National Youth Championships in Banbury, Oxfordshire. It means four-time National Champion Ellouise will have a great chance of representing England in the European championships later this year.
Jude Moore, 15, had great news when he had a call from head England coach Amanda Coulson to represent England against Wales in Portsmouth on March 2. It will be Jude's third England appearance, ahead of his own National Championships bout in March.
Both Bristol boxers train at Downend Boxing Club based at the Harry Crook centre in Fishponds.
Three other club members also featured in the youth championships.
Bradley Smith, 18, seemed very hard done by to lose a split decision against Mahab Miah, despite the Rochdale boxer being given two public warnings for a low head.
Downend 16 year olds Jack Oram and Taylor Andrews drew top England internationals, Jack meeting Patris Mughalazi and Taylor taking on Simon O'Donnell, both of Hooks boxing club in London.
Right from the word go, the guys went for their Elite-level opponents with no respect for their high level of experience, following game plans to the letter and not relenting.
Downend coach Craig Turner said: “Despite losing points decisions, developmentally the experience and excellent performances from both guys were amazing, against top class opposition.”