Ellie Tennison: Sharing the ring with the best girls in England.
Ellie Tennison. Coined as one of the most exciting young boxers in the Country, I heard of the name long before I expanded GRM SPORT to include Boxing content. We featured Ellie in our first ever boxing coverage video, you can watch her in action by following the link at the end of this article.
As a pressure fighter, Ellie Tennison of the City of Hull Boxing Club in Hull, takes no prisoners and her punishing swarmer style of boxing led her to the National Finals last weekend. Missing out on the ultimate crown by a narrow defeat, Tennison is now ranked Number 2 in the country for her weight and age.
I was keen to catch up with Ellie to find out a little bit more about her Grassroots story and her ambitions going forward. Here’s What Ellie Tennison had to say to GRM SPORT
Were you involved in other sports before boxing?
“ I’ve done pretty much every sport going! Karate, dance, gymnastics, swimming, football, the lot! It’s quite cliche but the 2012 Olympics got me into boxing, I wanted a change from karate so I decided to try boxing.
You seem to have a great set up at City of Hull, talk us through your coaching team.
“ I have a whole load of coaches, Mike, Liam, Ryan, Paul, and Carter. Recently I’ve changed the way I box again and it’s just finding the right style to help me fit-in since I’m such a small frame compared to the other girls at my weight.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
“ My biggest achievement would probably be boxing for Yorkshire and then reaching the National Final. I have shared the ring with the best girls in England and Europe and mixing it with them is the best feeling.
Who has been your toughest opponent?
“ Courtney Scott has by far been my toughest opponent. She’s a multiple National Champion and European Gold and Silver medallist! She just maintains an awkward style.
Who motivates you the most?
“My family motivate me and give me the most support in the World! But also the people who don’t believe in me or give me hate are the ones that motivate me the most! There’s nothing better then spiting somebody who dislikes you.
You’re ranked number 2 in the country, narrowly missing out in the National Final, what were your initial feelings following the fight?
“ I was really happy with my performance in the semi final beating a 2 time Muay Thai world champ, but going into the final I knew I had Courtney Scott. I’ve boxed her before and this time was a massive improvement. Obviously I’m gutted I couldn’t get the belt but I was against a well known, well renowned, very good England girl, I listened to my corner and did the best I could but there’s always next year in the seniors.
2019 has gotten off to a flying start, what are you hoping to achieve at the end of this year?
“ Hopefully get on the England team and box for them, then prep for the senior championships!