Euro-star Jones on brink of glory

Heart of Portsmouth's Ebonie Jones
Heart of Portsmouth's Ebonie Jones
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Ebonie Jones stands on the brink of European glory at the EU Championships.

Heart of Portsmouth’s outstanding talent has made it to the final of the tournament against the continent’s best boxers.

The 15-year-old goes for gold tomorrow in what will be an amazing achievement in her flying young boxing career.

Jones dispatched Turkish champion, Sumeyye Kesikoglu, with a 3-0 verdict at 50kg to be guaranteed of a silver medal in Hungary.

But the Charter Academy student is gunning to ensure it’s a gold that she comes home with.

It’s believed her performances will make her the youngest girl to have returned from European competition with a medal.

That underlines the accelerated progress she is making as she highlights herself as one of boxing’s most promising talents.

Jones will have to go into the lion’s den to pick up the EU title as she tackles the host nation’s Viglasi Alexandra in the final.

But her coach, Q Shillingford, backed her not to be overawed by the enormity of the occasion.

And he lauded Jones for blazing a trail for amateur and female boxing in Portsmouth.

Shillingford said: ‘It really is quite amazing what Ebonie is doing.

‘It’s groundbreaking stuff – not just for Portsmouth, but for England.

‘She didn’t just beat the Turkish champion to make the final, she smashed her.

‘It’s history in the making.

‘Ebonie will be the youngest girl to get a medal at a European event. She’s only just turned 15.

‘Her family are ecstatic and the England coach is buzzing about her.

‘Ebonie is shining through and that shows how special a talent she is.’

Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is also in action in Hungary and she has been joined by fellow Team GB boxers Natasha Jonas and Savannah Marshall.

Juniors Crystal Barker, Olivia Orchard and Shona Whitwell have all tasted defeat, however, leaving Jones and Chantelle Reid as the only British representation outside of the senior categories.

Shillingford said: ‘This is a European competition and the standard is high.

‘That can be seen by the amount of GB and England boxers who have already lost.

‘That just shows the credibility of an event like this one.

‘But Ebonie works hard and trains hard. There’s no doubt at all she belongs at this level.’