Ebonie Jones looking to light up world stage

Ebonie Jones is out to show the boxing world what she can do.

Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 9:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th November 2018, 10:51 am
Ebonie Jones
Ebonie Jones

The 20-year-old talent is part of the seven-strong Great Britain team taking part in the AIBA Women's World Championships in New Dehli, which starts on Thursday.

Jones, from Drayton, heads into the competition as the reigning under-22 European Championship bantamweight title-holder.

However, the nine-day World Championships will throw up some firsts for the former Heart of Portsmouth boxer.

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It will be Jones' maiden event on a global stage at senior level, while she will be fighting at flyweight (51kg) for the first time.

Despite what may be a daunting experience for many young boxers, Ebonie's father, Chipper Jones, says she will be fearless in the World Championships.

He said: '˜Ebonie will box anyone, she is not worried about who she gets in the ring with.

'She is never scared.

'Ebonie will get in there and she will try her hardest.

'˜She is really looking forward to it.

'˜Ebonie is looking forward to getting out there and seeing what she can do.

'There are some really good boxers that she'll be coming up against.

'There are some really big names there.

'Those big names have been involved in the sport a long time and have a great deal of experience.

'She is just going to see what she can do.

'I'm just happy she's at flyweight, boxing for Great Britain and she's enjoying it.

'It's about doing something that you enjoy, that is all she can do.

'If she comes back with a medal, it's a bonus.'

It's a good opportunity for Ebonie to finish the year on a high ahead of a big 2019 when the World Championships allows fighters to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

And Chipper feels this will give her a good grounding of what is to come in the future.

He added: '˜Her weight category is an Olympics category so it will be a very, very busy category.

'˜This is not an Olympics qualifying event, the next one is, so this a little tester for her.

'˜There's not as much pressure, the next one will be the qualifier for the Olympics.'