Jones marches into world semis

Ebonie Jones, right, and coach Colin Williams. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131345-4472)
Ebonie Jones, right, and coach Colin Williams. Picture: Malcolm Wells (131345-4472)
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Heart of Portsmouth ace aiming to become world champion

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Ebonie Jones is one step away from the AIBA World Junior Boxing Championship final.

Heart of Portsmouth’s shooting star yesterday stormed to the semi-final of the competition in Bulgaria with another sensational display.

Jones proved too classy for India’s dangerous powerhouse Gargi Chalal as she turned on the style to record a unanimous points win.

That means the 15-year-old is now just two victories from being crowned the best on the planet at her 50kg weight and class.

Jones again refused to be overawed by the occasion after collecting the EU Championship in July.

Her coach Q Shillingford spoke of his delight and pinpointed Jones’ spirit and stamina as key factors in the win.

The HOP chief said: ‘It was another brilliant performance.

‘Her opponent tried to take control of the centre of the ring.

‘But Ebonie took her time and increased her domination throughout the contest.

‘Her opponent was tall but Ebonie is so strong.

‘Her strength and conditioning is unreal and carried her through.

‘She won’t be denied. She has the engine of a Porsche and the fire power to match.

‘She was elated when I spoke to her but is looking forward to a rest after boxing three times in three days.

‘Ebonie can savour the moment – but there is a lot of work ahead.’

Now Armenian Anush Grigoryan lies in wait for Jones.

That clash is due to take place tomorrow with the final earmarked for Saturday.

Shillingford said: ‘Her opponent now is a box-fighter and reminds me of some of the opponents Ebonie has faced before.

‘It’s going to be tough but you expect no less at this level – she’s in the final four of the world.

‘All the coaches at HOP are so pleased.

‘People like Colin Williams and Jason Evans have worked so hard with Ebonie.’

You can follow Jones in the World Championship semi-final from around 11.40am tomorrow at boxing.albena.bg