Thai Christmas Cracker for Darlington’s Finest


Darlington ready for a Spanish Thai invasion

With some fifteen fights, one of which includes Darlington trainer Paul Hamilton’s daughter, 22 year old Camille, the ‘Christmas Cracker’ Thai Boxing show at the Northern Echo Arena tonight has been shaped up to be, quite literally, just that.

Family loyalties aside however it’s not about Camille’s rematch with Scotland’s Nicola McKenna but more the incredible step-up and rise of their 17 year old welterweight protégé, Ellis Corrie.

Having gone to the Darlington Boxing and Martial Arts gym as a young and impressionable six year old, the now teen has been forged into an impressive challenger for international honours.

Born and bred in Darlington he said: “Doing something like this has been a big help in my life.

“I went in there at six, had my first bout at eight, and enjoyed it all.”

For the Darlington fighter, one of seven home stars on the International show between England and Spain, he steps in, as the headline, against the vastly experienced, older and wiser Spaniard, Victor Jimenez.

Hailing from Malaga in Spain Corrie’s trainer, Paul Hamilton added: “Jimenez is 24, well experienced, recently been for a year in Thailand where he won ten of eleven bouts and stopped nine of those.

“He’s the best that Spain that have to offer and this will be a big step up in class for Ellis but there’s nothing better than doing it on your home show and front of your own fans.”

Ellis is understanding of the challenge ahead of him but is also aware of the impact potential victory can have in forging a successful, professional future.

He added: “This is probably one of the biggest fights I’ve had against someone who has been in against the legend in Thai boxing, Saenchai.

“There’s nobody really left in the amateur ranks for me so now all those guards are off and I’m taking on the best – it’s both nerve wracking but exciting at the same time. After this, where a win will definitely get me noticed, I’m looking towards a possible European or even World title shot.

“I couldn’t have done it though without RMS Recruitment here in Darlington, they’ve been a tremendous help to me and I couldn’t be more grateful than I am for what they’ve done. I wouldn’t have got this far without them.”

It was back in April of 2013 when Miss Hamilton defeated Nicola McKenna on points in Darlington, now after they have asked for a rematch several times, the coaches daughter is ready to go again.

She said: “I’m looking forward to it, excited really, but I’m hoping to stop her this time around and do better than I did before.

“Granted it was a good outing last time but I’ve trained non-stop for this, trained hard over the past year and I’ve got a lot more support behind me as well. I’m looking to win this then hopefully, with a few bouts already lined up for next year, push onto title chances myself.”

The show itself takes place at The Northern Echo Arena on the night of Saturday 6 December. Doors open at 7pm and the action begins at 730pm as England take on Spain in some top quality, international Thai Boxing action.



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Posted on 06/12/2014, in Boxing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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