Ebonie moves closer to Olympic dream

Ebonie Jones, right, with Heart of Portsmouth coach Q Shillingford
Ebonie Jones, right, with Heart of Portsmouth coach Q Shillingford
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EBONIE JONES moved a step closer to achieving her Olympic dream after Nations’ Cup glory.

The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) sensation stormed to gold medal success in Serbia yesterday with a scintillating performance on her international bow at youth level.

Jones’ ferocity proved too much for Kazakhstan’s Mahabat Abdimanapova as she recorded a points victory over four rounds at 51kg.

HOP head coach Q Shillingford rated the display from the 16-year-old as the best performance of her amateur boxing career.

The win sounds a message to her sport’s bosses, with Jones aiming to make her Olympic dream a reality in years to come.

She’ll need to earn a place on Great Britain’s elite Podium squad to do that – but Shillingford believes yesterday’s win will make her hard to ignore.

He said: ‘What a result!

‘Ebonie is an outstanding boxer – but that is the best I’ve ever seen her perform.

‘She’s proved that she’s right at the top of the world at youth level.

‘Ebonie’s gone from the best at junior level to the best at youth in the world.

‘Kazakhstan rule amateur boxing – and she’s never lost to a Kazakh. They must be sick of the sight of her!

‘She has sounded a warning to her rivals that she’s the top youth boxer in the world.

‘It’s another step towards that Podium squad. She has proven to GB she can handle it at the top level, stepping up in age. She’s a great athlete and deserves everything she gets.’