Ellis Hopkins is relishing the chance to join the booming women’s boxing revolution when she makes her professional debut this weekend.
She is part of the Matchroom Boxing event at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday, going up against experienced Borislava Goranova.
The 20-year-old is the latest female star to enter the paid ranks, following in the footsteps of the likes of Tasha Jonas, Chantelle Cameron and Savannah Marshall, and she can’t wait to get going.
Hopkins: “It’s a massive time for female boxing. The last few years it has gone from strength to strength and I’m so excited to be a part of it and make my debut this weekend.
“Everyone looks up to Katie Taylor, you can’t get better than that, and then you have people like Terri Harper and Tasha Jonas who are all big inspirations as well.
“I can box and fight and whatever happens on the night happens on the night. I just can’t wait to get in there and make my debut.”
IN OTHER NEWS: Victor Santillan and Jose Armando Valdez made weight for their bout this Saturday at the Gimnasio Estancio, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedecaribe bantamweight title.
Both fighters scored 118 pounds and both are ready to fight for the vacant belt in the capital of Quisqueyana in the event organized by Shuan Boxing and Spartan Boxing Club.
Santillan is a 25-year-old southpaw prospect with a nice boxing style. He made his debut in 2018 and has made nine fights since then, all wins. His career has been developed between Dominican, Puerto Rico and the United States and he occupies the 11th position in the WBA ranking.
“Pambelé” Valdez will try to ruin the local boxer’s party. The 27-year-old Mexican comes in with a string of two knockout wins and is motivated to win the belt.
Santillan has 9 wins, 3 of them by knockout, while Valdez has 9 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw and 4 knockouts.