JACK FENTON has been backed to spring a surprise in the final of the England Boxing Junior Championships today.
The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) starlet has made it to the last stage of the national competition in London.
Fenton, 15, has made huge progress to set up a contest with Kings Heath’s Ben Vaughan at 54kg in Class A.
Now, he has his biggest test against the double national champion and Tri-Nations winner.
But HOP coach, Q Shillingford, believes the St Edmunds School pupil has what it takes to upset the odds.
Shillingford: ‘Jack is going in with nothing to lose and everything to gain. He’s going out to cause an upset.
‘Jack has come on in leaps and bounds this season. He has got the right balance between physical and mental.
‘He has a good opponent with a strong record but Jack has his instructions and knows what to do.
‘There is no chance he will be fazed. He is fit, strong and ready.’
Fenton will be aiming to follow in the footsteps of younger brother, Ollie, who picked up a Minor Championship title earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Ebonie Jones is on international duty for a joint GB and England squad in France today.
Jones will step up in weight to 52kg for the event after recently picking up another title at the National Elite Championships against Courtney Hughes in Liverpool.
The EU champion, Nations’ Cup winner and World Championship bronze medallist is now preparing for the European Championships this summer.
Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie has been assisting with training the kids at HOP in half-term.
‘She is always training in case international call-ups like this happen.
‘So she is ready and all the coaches, like Colin Williams and Jason Evans along with her dad, have been putting her through her paces.
‘It’s a bonus, really, because we will be using the bout as preparations for the European Championships.
‘We are having a lot of success with our juniors.
‘A lot of that is down to the hard work of our coaches.’