Jones opens world campaign with victory

Heart of Portsmouth's Ebonie Jones
Heart of Portsmouth's Ebonie Jones
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Heart of Portsmouth ace aiming to become world champion

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Ebonie Jones is on the march at the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships.

Heart of Portsmouth’s EU champion made her mark in the opening round of the world event yesterday.

Jones was too strong and powerful for Ukraine’s Karyna Voronina in her opening 50kg preliminary contest.

The 15-year-old was a comprehensive points winner over her rival after three rounds.

And the Drayton starlet laid down a marker for the tournament by handing her opponent a standing count in the final round, before taking the decision.

Her coach, Q Shillingford, believes the win will give the classy Jones a boost as the competition gathers pace.

And he feels her display underlines she is not overawed by being on the world stage.

Shillingford said: ‘This is Ebonie’s third international win. It’s unreal.

‘She has boxed brilliantly again and given the girl a standing count.

‘Psychologically, that will give her a lift.

‘She has now boxed on the world stage – and performed.

‘Ebonie has belief that she can go to this level and do it.’

Jones is now lined up to face an old foe later today in the shape of Turkey’s Sumeyye Kesikoglu.

She overcame Kesikoglu on the way to winning the EU title in July.

A hectic schedule awaits her if she is to deliver a repeat of her summer success over her rival.

The quarter-finals are earmarked for tomorrow, with the semis taking place on Friday.

The world junior champion will then be crowned in Bulgaria on Saturday.

Shillingford said: ‘Now she is boxing an opponent she faced in the EU Championships.

‘The girl she is facing today would have seen how Ebonie has performed.

‘Her family are buzzing about this, and quite right, too.

‘If she pulls this off she will be recognised as the world’s best.’