Ebonie Jones is bringing home a bronze medal from the AIBA World Junior Boxing Championships.
The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) ace’s brave campaign came to a close yesterday when she lost a semi-final points decision to Armenia’s Anush Grigoryan.
It proved to be the closest of contests, with many believing Jones had done enough to make today’s final.
But the verdict went against the 15-year-old, ending her outstanding run of three wins on the world stage.
The medal continues a phenomenal 2013 for the Drayton star after winning national and EU titles.
HOP coach Q Shillingford believes Portsmouth should laud Jones’ achievements.
Shillingford said: ‘It was so close.
‘Ebonie did everything right but it went the other way.
‘Her coaches thought she had won it.
‘She took the centre of the ring and controlled it for the first two rounds.
‘In the third round her opponent went for it.
‘It seemed they thought she was losing.
‘Unfortunately, it went against Ebonie, though.
‘But what a year it has been for her.
‘What she has achieved is something else.
‘We are so proud of her – and the whole of the city should be proud, too.’
After such an intense period, a rest is next in line for Jones after balancing her international success with academic responsibilities.
Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie needs a break.
‘She has been flat out now for a long time.
‘She’s kept up her boxing with exams at Charter Academy. It’s a great achievement and success.’