Clonmel boxer Ellie Mai Gartland reaches European Junior Final

Eamonn Wynne

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Clonmel's Ellie Mai Gartland (right) is about to have her hand raised by the referee to signal her win over England's Sameenah Toussaint in the European Junior Boxing semi-final in Anapa, Russia

Clonmel boxer Ellie Mai Gartland will fight for a gold medal at the European Junior Championships in Russia tomorrow, Tuesday.

The 54 kgs. bantam weight is already guaranteed a silver medal before she steps into the ring against Romania's Maria Gheorghe.

But the young Clonmel woman, a three-times Irish champion, will be determined to go all the way, having won her first two bouts at the championships for males and females, which are taking place at Anapa, on the northern coast of the Black Sea.

She had a comprehensive 5-0 win over Bulgaria's Eva Porumnova in the quarter-final before getting the better of England's Sameenah Toussaint in the semi-final today, Monday.

It was the second time she had beaten the English boxer in a matter of weeks, after defeating her in last month's Senior Cadet international held in Edenderry, Co. Offaly. 

On that occasion, in a unique family and Clonmel Boxing Club double, Ellie Mai and her twin brother Jerome Lonergan Gartland became the first male and female twins to box for Ireland. 

Jerome, who's also an Irish champion, also won his contest, beating English champion Billy Adams on a 4-1 decision.

Whatever the outcome of tomorrow's European final, 2018 has already been a hugely successful year for Ellie Mai. 

On the domestic scene she won two Irish titles in the space of three months, a fantastic double that began in May when she won the Girls Under 15 title, beating Niamh Fay, Swords in the final. 

She followed that up by convincingly beating Shelby Myers, Crumlin on a 4-1 decision in the final to capture the Girls Senior Cadet Championship (Under 17) at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin. 

Ellie Mai may be far away from home but everyone in Clonmel and Tipperary will be rooting for her when she steps into the ring in Russia tomorrow.