GOULBURN Valley Boxing Club’s rising star Ellie ‘Ferocious’ Fry has produced what her coach called the “best performance of her career” at the Calabria Club in West Brunswick on Sunday, to continue her undefeated start to a promising career.
Fry, 17, was up against 32-year-old Steph Rosee – an undefeated fighter from the highly regarded Shadow’s Gym in Eltham.
“Ellie obviously being 15 years younger than her competitor raised a little bit of concern actually, but I had full confidence she was good enough to beat her,” Fry’s coach Zed Harrington said.
“We had trained super hard for this fight and we both knew she could do it.”
The fight only lasted until the early stages of the second round, with Ellie’s power giving her the edge — the referee was forced to step in and hand Ellie the win by TKO.
“Ellie hit her with a few heavy blows in the first round and caused her two standing eight counts, one right at the end of the first round which could’ve almost ended the fight.
“So when she came in after the first round we knew she was on top so I gave her the instructions to go in for the finish and it didn’t last long after that.
“This one was a career defining win.”
Harrington said Fry’s ability to listen to instructions and implement them in the ring is what made her such a quality fighter.
“Normally if you can get a fighter to listen to 30 or 40 per cent of instructions you’re going well, but she takes on board everything you say and it shows in her results.
‘‘I’ve been coaching for three years now and one of my biggest concerns is making sure fighters are doing the right things outside the gym — training, diet, living right — it’s a strict life.
“Ellie brings comfort as I know exactly what she is up to and I have no doubt she is on the road putting in the work. We have a great coach-athlete relationship.”
Harrington said he and Fry have their eyes set on an April 22 bout, which means she doesn’t have much time off to enjoy the win — the superstar was back in the gym on Monday afternoon.
‘‘I plan on getting Ellie interstate for fights this year and potentially dropping to 57kg — the featherweight division.
“With all the attributes and dedication Ellie has, along with the knowledge I hold, I believe we can go as far as she wishes, not to forget all the support she has, there is a push for 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“We are going to set the bar and go for it!’’
Harrington thanked GV Boxing’s sponsors in Slater and King Lawyers, VIPT lifestyle Fitness,Tatura Top Pub, Shepparton Sportsmans Warehouse and Shepparton Denture Clinic.