No keeping up with Jones in Sweden

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Ebonie Jones’ flying form continued on the international stage.

The Heart of Portsmouth ace collected the Golden Girl Box Cup title in Sweden.

That follows on from her success in the ABA Female Championships in December.

The Charter Academy student stepped up in weight and overcame another national champion – Hornchurch’s Maria Markowska – to pick up the title.

Jones was boxing at 52kg but didn’t let that faze her for a second as she grabbed the win.

Boxers from all over Europe were invited to enter the event with German talent Rhyna Van Luene also in her category.

Jones was given a bye to the final and then took on Markowska after she dispatched Van Luene.

The final lived up to expectations as two national champions faced off.

Jones set off at powerful pace in the first round and landed with heavy shots.

Coach Colin Williams instructed her to change tack in the second and use her skills and footwork.

That worked well as she continued to score before putting her foot back on the gas in the third to secure victory.

Williams was delighted with the way Jones performed on the big stage in Boras.

He said: ‘It was a long way to go for a tournament but was well worth it.

‘Ebonie was fit, strong and listened to what she was told.

‘She has worked hard in the gym and come on so well over the past two years.

‘Her performance was second to none.

‘Winning her second national title at the end of the year was great but this win has put the icing on the cake.

‘I was very proud of 
her performance.’

HOP boss Q Shillingford believes Jones can now go on to greater things.

He said: ‘Ebonie’s commitment and dedication cannot be faltered.

‘She moved up two weight categories and beat a national champion.

‘That’s after beating a girl who had won 14 from 15 bouts for the national title. They are great achievements.

‘She has done the club, city, Hampshire and Southern Counties 
proud.

‘We’re buzzing from her success.

‘Ebonie’s ready to move up to the next level now.’