Jones is Portsmouth’s golden girl

Ebonie Jones tops the podium
Ebonie Jones tops the podium

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Ebonie Jones savoured EU Championship glory and admitted: It’s a dream come true.

Now Portsmouth’s latest boxing sensation is targeting Olympic success after storming to international victory in Hungary.

Jones went into the lion’s den and conquered home fighter Viglasi Alexandra to be crowned 50kg champion.

It is believed that victory makes the 15-year-old the youngest English female to have tasted European glory.

It’s an amazing triumph for the Charter Academy student, from Drayton, who earned two 3-0 successes in the tournament.

The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) boxer spoke of her pride at doing her city proud on the international stage.

She can now expect to be fast-tracked into the GB set-up with her ambition to make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Jones said: ‘It’s brilliant but it still hasn’t sunk in yet that I won.

‘I knew I had to fight even harder than normal and be relentless because I was fighting a Hungarian on home soil.

‘When they called my name hardly anyone made any noise but when it was her name there were drums and whistles going off!

‘I think I performed well, though, and won every round in each of my fights.

‘It’s the highlight of my boxing career.

‘It was my dream to box internationally.

‘Now I’ve got my first gold hopefully I can get to more competitions like this one. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.

‘I was there with all the Olympians like Nicola Adams.

‘I couldn’t believe it because they are the people I look up to.

‘I’ve had a lot of support from people in Portsmouth, so it’s great to do it for the city, too.

‘It’s nice to know people want to me to do well.

‘My aim is to get on the GB squad next.

‘I want to make it to the Olympics.

‘Now I need to carry on training hard and winning to make it happen one day.’

Jones is trained at HOP by head coach Q Shillingford, Colin Williams and Jason Evans.

Shillingford feels winning EU gold will send her boxing career into the stratosphere.

He said: It’s amazing news. Groundbreaking stuff.

‘For Ebonie to do this is sensational.

‘She’s just turned 15 and was only just eligible for England squad training recently.

‘Boxing has done a lot for Ebonie and given her a focus.

‘She is a role model, a committed a boxer and a lesson to other young athletes.

‘She has put a lot of hard work, hours and time into reaching this stage.

‘It’s great for Portsmouth. Now she starts out on a new pathway – Ebonie is on the world stage now.’