Lions Watford fighter Ellie Harber is celebrating after she won her first “full rules” Muay Thai fight in Thailand over the Easter holiday.
Ellie, 13, from Croxley Green, travelled to Phuket where she took on 16-year-old Thai girl Chokpemai in the Patong Boxing Stadium on April 20
It was hotly contested over five two-minute rounds, where both girls fought hard throwing punches, kicks, knees and elbows, all without the usual padding seen in Europe. Ellie showed her strength and managed to take the win on points after five hard rounds.
Ellie travelled out to Thailand at the beginning of the school Easter holidays, and prepared at Singpatong, her club whilst in Thailand following a strict training regime.
Here she worked hard; beginning the day at 6.30am with a hard five kilometre run up and down hills, then 90 minutes of bag work, followed by more conditioning.
She returned to the club at 4pm for two hours of further training and another run. Ellie said, “I am really grateful to be allowed to follow my dreams. I am especially thankful to my coaches at Lions Watford, Colin and Sally Lewis and Mark Surge for providing me with support and skills to continue my journey, and to the coaches at Singpatong for preparing me for the fight in Thailand. Finally, my Dad who continually supports me, especially driving me around both in the UK and Thailand.”
Sally Lewis, owner and coach at Lions Watford said, “We are so glad to have shared this journey with Ellie. She is a true representation of hard work. She trains like an adult; disciplined and with focus.We expect great things from her.”
Ellie is back in the UK and at Lions training hard for her next fight.
You can see Ellie and her training partners, both juniors and adults at Legends Fight Series – the next generation on May 12 at the Watersmeet Theatre in Rickmansworth.
Ellie will fight on the Junior show against the UK number 1, Faith Harvey from Scotland.
This will be a tough and cracking fight.
You can get tickets from watersmeet.co.uk