TOKYO — The wait is lastly over for Lynn’s Rashida Ellis. 

After years of coaching after which months of ready, the Lynn native and former nationwide champion boxer will make her Olympic debut for Staff USA on Thursday night time with a Light-weight Division (132 lbs./60 kg) Spherical of 16 bout towards Nice Britain’s Caroline Dubois.

Ellis, 25, will sq. up towards a really worthy opponent within the 20-year-old Dubois. A London native, Dubois took residence the gold medal at each the 2018 World Youth Championships and the 2018 Youth Olympic Video games. She’s additionally already received a combat at this 12 months’s Olympic Video games, defeating Kosovo’s Donjeta Sadiku by unanimous determination within the Spherical of 32 on Tuesday. 

Ellis has not had an Olympic combat but after coming into the competitors ranked as one of many prime boxers on this planet. 

Ellis, who trains at Non-public Jewels Health in Lynn, received bronze at each the 2019 Elite Ladies’s World Championships and the 2019 Pan American Video games, including to her Boxing Process Drive (BTF) rankings to solidify her place in Tokyo because the second highest-ranked American boxer and twelfth general in her weight class. Ellis will likely be seeking to win Staff USA’s first girls’s light-weight Olympic medal. 

However Ellis’ checklist of accomplishments is for much longer than that. An Elite Nationwide Championship winner as a excessive schooler in 2013, Ellis went on to win the Nationwide Golden Gloves in 2016 after which one other Elite Nationwide Championship in 2018. She went on to complete first within the US Olympic Staff Trials in 2020 earlier than the pandemic postponed the Video games for a full 12 months. Ellis additionally took residence a gold medal on the 2021 Boxam Worldwide Match and a bronze medal on the 2020 Boxam Worldwide Match.

Ellis and Dubois will contact gloves at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, and the combat may be streamed dwell at https://www.nbcolympics.com/schedule/sport/boxing.