Jones eyes world glory after title win

Ebonie Jones celebrates her fourth British title
Ebonie Jones celebrates her fourth British title
Ivy-Jane Smith. Picture: England Boxing

Heart star will be ready for anything

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EBONIE JONES collected her fourth national title and promised: There’s more to come.

And the rising Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) star has set her sights on world domination this year after her latest success.

Jones recorded three victories in successive days to be crowned 51kg winner at the England Boxing Youth Championships.

The final success came over Larches & Savick’s Billie-Jean Franks yesterday in County Durham.

Franks was fresh after being given a bye at the semi-final stage, following her opponent’s withdrawal.

But Jones was always in control as she recorded a unanimous win.

Jones said: ‘I’m really pleased.

‘Everyone I boxed tried different tactics but none of them worked.

‘The fact they tried different things helped me because now I know what I need to work on.

‘It’s my fourth national title. I just want to win more and more.

‘I was the only boxer at the event to box three times but I think my experience of competitions like that helped.

‘Now there’s an England camp next month and a match with Ireland.

‘Then it’s the big one in May at the World Championships, where I want to do well.’

HOP head coach Q Shillingford is delighted with how Jones is progressing, as she took her record to 31 wins from 32 bouts at the age of just 16.

Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie has boxed 12 rounds, won every one of them and barely been hit.

‘Her final opponent tried a lot of smothering tactics.

‘She’s had opponents try to match her pressure, box her and spoil against her.

‘Ebonie has adapted to all of those things and come through it. She’s the queen of the ring.’