‘Ebonie deserved the victory’ – controversy surrounds Great Britain talent’s World Championships exit

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Chipper Jones reflected on daughter Ebonie's AIBA Women's World Championships defeat and fumed: 'It was one of the worst decisions I've ever seen.'

Ebonie, 20, from Drayton, went down by unanimous decision at the hands of home fighter Pinki Rani in New Dehli on Monday.

That ended Ebonie's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals on what was her first appearance in a world competition at senior level.

But many felt it was the 20-year-old who should have been awarded the victory against the 28-year-old former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Rani.

Father Chipper, who watched the fight via live stream, insisted Ebonie deserved better.

He said: ‘It was one of the worst decisions I've ever seen.

‘Ebonie was catching her with some lovely shots, double-jab, rear-hand and everything.

'The Indian girl did not know what to do about it.

‘Ebonie has boxed for years and I'm not one to complain about decisions but she deserved to win.

'I had messages and people ringing me throughout the bout saying “she's done it”.

‘When the decision came up a unanimous decision, not for one minute did I think she lost the bout.

‘All the Great Britain coaches and everyone could not believe the decision.

‘They said she boxed absolutely brilliantly, a world-class performance.

‘She could not have done anymore.’

Despite the controversial decision, father Chipper believes Ebonie will have no problems bouncing back.

Ebonie went into the last-16 contest on the back of preliminary round victories over Indonesia's Ainun Azizah and Spain's Andrea Lasheras.

The Drayton fighter will remain with the rest of the Great Britain squad for the duration of the event before returning to the UK.

And Chipper says Ebonie will be better for the experience.

He added: ‘She's not bothered and will take this on the chin and move on.

‘Ebonie has boxed a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and ran rings around her.

‘You have got to take the positives out of it and move on.

‘It was that clear and obvious that Ebonie won.’