Big day for young boxer

January 25 2019

BOXING champion Ellouise Challenger is making her England debut at the first full international match to take place in Bristol since 1970.

The 16-year-old, from Downend Boxing Club, is the national champion at her weight and was due to  form part of the England team to face Ireland on January 26.

Downend Boxing Club will host the event, at the stately surroundings of Bristol City Hall in College Green, in partnership with Bristol City Council, England Boxing and Western Counties ABA.

Ellouise said: "I am so excited to be boxing for England for the first time, and in my own city. It's wonderful."

Tournament co-coordinator Craig Turner said it is the first time the sport has been held at City Hall: "We are honoured to host the event and showcase our city on the international stage."

Bristol's mayor Marvin Rees has shown a keen interest in the event as he used to box himself as a youth.

On hand will be his former opponent, Glenn Catley, who went on to win the WBC super middleweight championship of the world.