A Croxley girl has achieved one of the dreams of her career by becoming the World Boxing Council (WBC) under-60kg European champion in Muay Thai boxing.
On a weekend that also saw England’s Lionesses become European champions, Ellie Harber, aged 16, herself became a continental title holder in a rematch against Irish opponent Ella Toohey in a bout which took place on Saturday, July 30 in Barnsley.
Speaking after the match, Ellie said: “The WBC title is extremely coveted in the world of Thai boxing and boxing, so firstly to be offered the opportunity to contest it was a real honour and to win it is a dream come true.
“Emma is a tough, Southpaw, opponent but I was ready to face her as I had fought her previously.
The fight was a truly tough matchup for both young fighters, lasting five rounds of two minutes each. Despite earning a nosebleed early on in the bout, Ellie outscored Emma with her Muay Thai skills, with all judges eventually scoring the fight in her favour.
Ellie’s dad, Steve, said: “Ellie trains hard and the WBC title has long been a dream for Ellie, everyone wants that famous green and gold belt.
“We as a family work hard to ensure we can support her, but ultimately, it’s down to Ellie and her own drive and determination. She is a role model to us all and shows if you work hard and follow your dream anything is possible.”
Despite her amazing victory, things aren’t slowing down for Ellie, having been selected to be a part of the England Muay Thai team in the World Youth Games in Calgary, Canada, where she will also be hoping to claim another title.
Her trips are all self-funded, so she is looking to the Croxley community for their support in helping her continue her fantastic and promising career. To support Ellie’s journey, visit her GoFundMe.