Racing UK's Ellie Welton bruised yet jubilant in charity boxing victory
Despite carrying two nasty black eyes, Racing UK's Ellie Welton is still on a high following her victory in a charity boxing bout at the Clapham Grand on Sunday evening.
Welton, who is head of marketing for the channel, won the fight 29-28 on points and has so far raised more than £1,500 for Cancer Research.
She said: "I’ve got one black eye and another one is pretty bad too, so I definitely look like I’ve been in a fight.
"I’ve felt quite tired and my legs hurt quite a bit after. I feel a bit lost now because I was so committed to the fight, I don’t know what to do with myself now.
"I don’t remember a huge amount of the fight itself – it’s quite an intense experience. When you’re in there you don’t have much of a concept about who’s watching you. There was a great atmosphere in there though."
Welton's original opponent didn't show up for the bout, so she was forced to wait an additional two hours for her first ever visit to the ring.
She continued: "She was taller than me and bigger than me, so she had a bigger reach and I had to work a lot harder.
"It was a close fight. I had no real idea whether I had won it, but then I hugged the other girl and she told me, ‘You’ve won that’.
"My corner were pretty confident too, but I didn’t believe it until I had my arm in the air. It was an amazing moment, it gave me goosebumps and I had a massive smile on my face. It was pretty incredible.
“I have to thank everyone at 12 Rounds boxing gym in Clapham, where I trained. They were amazing in making it so professional. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it was really special."
Having enjoyed the thrill of her first fight, Welton isn't ruling out a return to the ring for future fundraising events.
She added: "It’s been a great experience and it’s good to try a new skill.
"I had to challenge myself, get fit and lose weight and it’s been an amazing opportunity. To raise money for charity is great – we’ve raised more than £1,500 and hopefully can raise a bit more [at justgiving.com/fundraising/elliewelton].
"I don’t know if I will fight again, I wouldn’t rule it out, but I will keep on training."
To read more and to donate to Ellie - please visit her JustGiving page here