Jones is England’s best after Irish success

Heart of Portsmouth's Ebonie Jones
Heart of Portsmouth's Ebonie Jones

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  • Jones picks up second quickfire success in Ireland
  • Drayton starlet named England’s top boxer at event
  • Preparations on course for World Championships in May
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EBONIE JONES completed a demolition job on her latest international outing.

Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) European champion took less than a minute to stop Ireland’s Caitlin Ryan in Dundalk on Saturday.

That followed the 51kg starlet’s victory over fellow Euro champ Jackie Lynch on Friday night.

The second victory ensured the 16-year-old was named the best English boxer at the competition.

HOP head coach Q Shillingford was delighted with Jones’ latest success.

Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie has absolutely destroyed the opposition.

She has now beaten three of Ireland’s best girls with ease.

Q Shillingford

‘She has given her opponent (Ryan) a standing count early on.

‘The reports I’ve had from the coaches have said that she was landing some really heavy shots.

‘The count gave Ryan eight seconds respite but Ebonie was then straight back on her after.

‘The referee then had to step in to save her opponent from any further punishment.

‘She has now beaten three of Ireland’s best girls with ease.

‘When the opportunity presents itself, Ebonie will go for the jugular.

‘To be named the best English boxer shows how she performed.

‘She is making her mark and continuing to impress the coaching staff.

‘It’s another step closer to her dream of joining the Great Britain team.’

The win is another feather in the cap for Jones after her Nations’ Cup victory in Serbia last year.

It keeps her preparations for the World Championships, which take place in Taiwan in May, firmly on course.

Jones will go into that competition looking to improve a fantastic record of 34 wins from 35 contests.

Shillingford said: ‘It’s a real team effort with Ebonie.

‘We have the likes of Bailey Fowler, Tyler Hall, Joe Coultas and Paris Williams working with her.

‘Her dad is doing all of her runs with her and then there’s Colin Williams doing the extra pad work.

‘She is showing her maturity and getting stronger as she gets older.

‘Now the focus is on the World Championships.’