Goulburn Valley Boxing Club’s Ellie Fry will fly north to Darwin with head coach Zedda Harrington this weekend.
Fry will be taking on her biggest challenge to date as she fights Megan McAullife, 25, who has national tournament experience dating back to 2015.
McAullife, who works in the Australian Defence Force, trains out of King Browns Boxing Club and has competed at 57kg her whole career.
This is a new division for Fry, who is coming down from lightweight 60kg to featherweight, but Harrington said she was ready for the challenge.
‘‘Ellie has fought open aged girls her last couple of fights and while they give away experience, she is still a kid and giving away weight,’’ he said.
‘‘I look at it as she is a natural featherweight and it’s good to see her hard work get her down to that weight.
‘‘Ellie has lost 15kg since she first started with me and she is going to be a hell of a strong girl at 57kg.’’
The fight is scheduled to take place about 8.30pm on Saturday and the humidity is going to be something new.
Travelling and different conditions are all experience towards the long-term goal and this will be Fry’s first time travelling for competition.
‘‘It’s an expensive trip heading to the top of Australia and none of this would be possible without the help of family, friends and supporters, knowing we have so much people behind our club and Ellie means the world,’’ Harrington said.
Fry and Harrington have received support from across the world, with the young boxer filled with enthusiasm for her interstate fight.
‘‘I feel well prepared for this match up, it is one of my biggest challenges that I have faced in boxing and that’s what makes me even more excited,’’ Fry said.
‘‘This is a really different experience for me as it’s my first trip to Darwin and my first time fighting without the loud roar of my home crowd, however, this is not going to affect my performance in any way.
‘‘No matter the result on Saturday night, I am going to be coming home knowing that I left everything I had in that ring.’’