Ebonie will rise to Euro final challenge

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Ebonie Jones has been backed to show her coolness in the heat of battle as she goes for Euro gold tomorrow.

And Heart of Portsmouth’s outstanding rising star has big-tournament experience on her side, which will be a key factor in her European Championship final.

That is the verdict of HOP head coach Q Shillingford as Jones tackles Poland’s Agata Kawecka for the title.

Jones’ charge to the last stage has underlined the 16-year-old’s supreme talent.

The Charter Academy student has delivered unanimous successes in every contest and given all of her opponents standing counts.

Now she is one step from another phenomenal victory against the continent’s best at 50kg.

Jones knows what is required on the international stage after previously winning the EU Championships, Nations’ Cup and picking up a bronze in the World Championships.

Shillingford is confident she will not be overawed by the occasion.

He said: ‘Ebonie will take it all in her stride. I’m confident that will be the case.

‘She has done big tournaments before and international events. She is now a well-rounded athlete.

‘She will be quietly-confident she can do it.’

Jones will be presented with an awkward opponent in the shape of Kawecka.

But she has shown her aptitude in taking on different styles of rivals on the way to the final.

Shillingford believes she will get to grips with the test.

He said: ‘The Polish girl is a typical Eastern European boxer.

‘But Ebonie will be fine. She has done a lot of technical and tactical work and will know what to do.’