Three out of three wins for ‘Hurricane’ Hopewell

Three boxers from Worksop's Xbox club were in impressive form on Europe's first ever all-female bill at Aberdeen's North Hotel on Saturday night.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:48 am

At the top of the bill, Worksop’s first female pro boxer Nicola 'Hurricane' Hopewell achieved a second round stoppage over Sheffield's Juliette Winter at flyweight to make it three KOs in her three pro fights.

“I loved being back in the ring at the weekend,” she said.

“It was a quick fight but I loved headlining the all-female event and can’t wait to go again.

Nicola Hopewell.

“Massive thank you to my coach Chris Boyle for everything he does for us boxers - without him we wouldn’t be able to do any of this.”

Hopewell, 29, is a former English champion and racked up multiple title wins during an amateur career.

She prepared for the Granite City showdown by training with Ebanie Bridges, who fought for the WBA world title earlier this month.

Also fighting on the Let Battle Commence: Lionesses card, super welterweight Eleanor Coulson needed just one minute 42 seconds to claim victory over late replacement Becky Jamieson, the one-sided bout stopped by the referee.

Her all-out brawling style was in stark contrast to Coulson's measured approach, which allowed the Xbox fighter to pick off her ring rival with powerful blows.

“It was exciting to get back in the ring and I enjoyed it,” said Coulson.

Coach Chris Boyle added: “She did the job, she did what she does in the gym three times a day.

“A late replacement sometimes has nothing to lose. She was throwing big wide shots, heavy punches - and if they catch you they can rock you.

“It was about Ellie being sensible, using her jab effectively and landing that right hand when the distance was right.”

Xbox stablemate Hollie Towl was named fighter of the night following her victory over featherweight Cara MacLochlainn, who has made the move to boxing from kickboxing.

The historic behind-closed-door card at the city’s Northern Hotel was promoted by Aberdeen’s multi-belt champion Lee McAllister beamed globally on FiteTV.