Golden Girl Jones shows international class

Ebonie Jones continued her impressive form with a unanimous success of Zoe Kavanagh in Balbriggan
Ebonie Jones continued her impressive form with a unanimous success of Zoe Kavanagh in Balbriggan
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Ebonie Jones underlined her international quality as she outclassed Irish champion Zoe Kavanagh in her own backyard.

Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) exciting young talent went into the lion’s den to demolish three-times national titlist Kavanagh.

Jones ignored the hype around her rival to romp to a unanimous success over three outstanding rounds.

That continued an outstanding period for the Charter Academy student – following on from collecting a national title and winning the Golden Girl Cup title in Sweden.

Jones followed her instructions perfectly to silence the home crowd in Balbriggan.

Heavy shots and high-intensity work were her hallmark in a frenetic first round, before Jones let her footwork shine in the second.

But the city youngster then put her foot on the gas over the final round to collect a deserved win.

HOP coach Colin Williams was delighted with how Jones handled the test in such cool fashion.

Williams said: ‘It was a long way to go for a bout, but was well worth it.

‘Ebonie was fit, strong and listened to what she was told.

‘She set off determined to win, landing heavily in the first round and setting a phenomenal pace.

‘She changed tactics and then powered home to get a unanimous win against an opponent with over 40 bouts.

‘Ebonie has worked hard in the gym and come on so well over the last two years – her performance was second to none.’

In another exciting development, Jones was recently invited to GB Boxing’s world-class training facility at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Jones was presented with golden gloves to mark her Schools’ Championship success – which were presented by Olympic gold-medallist Anthony Joshua and fellow Olympian Natasha Jonas.

HOP boss Q Shillingford feels the starlet has a bright future.

And he reckons her display in Ireland showed what she is capable of achieving.

Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie’s commitment and dedication cannot be faltered.

‘By travelling all that way, giving away experience, height, reach and home town advantage, she showed that.

‘You have to understand the Irish love their boxing and tried to warn us what we were up against.

‘Ebonie took the whole situation in her stride and the whole club is very proud of her.

‘Ebonie’s record is 13 (fights) won 12, with two England titles and the Golden Girl Cup title all in just two years since joining the club.

‘That is some achievement.’