EBONIE JONES served up one of the performances of her life to book her quarter-final spot at the World Championships.
The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) sensation overcame Russia’s hugely-decorated Geliusa Galieva at the AIBA Women’s Junior and Youth World Championship event.
Ebonie came through and showed her class and characterQ Shillingford
Jones picked up a split-decision verdict over a fellow European champion in Taiwan yesterday.
Galieva’s vast experience is underlined by the fact she has boxed in over 100 contests.
But the Drayton whirlwind didn’t take a backward step as she took the points verdict over four rounds at 51kg.
The judges all gave Jones the opening round before Galieva was given the second.
But the third and fourth went to the Charter Academy student who came out ton top.
HOP coach, Q Shillingford, saluted the 17-year-old’s quality after already picking up a preliminary round win over Thailand’s Pattanapom Lattipromma in Taipei.
Shillingford said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted with Ebonie’s performances so far.
‘Ebonie went out knowing that every contest in the competition would be tough.
‘The Russian has already had over 100 bouts in her career.
‘She won the first and it went the other way in the second.
‘But then Ebonie came through and showed her class and character.
‘If it’s close going into the last round, the one thing you know about Ebonie is she will not stop throwing punches.
‘She never lets anyone down.
‘This girl is going up against opposition where they are training all the time.
‘These are lead countries in the world of amateur boxing.
‘She has been in the World Championships before – but at junior level.
‘Now Ebonie is stepping up to the mark in the youth category.
‘The bar has been raised, but she has given the response we know she is capable of delivering.’
Jones will have a rest day today before she gears up to take on Korean champion Sukyeong Lee tomorrow.
Lee was a unanimous points winner over Dominique Gorlich at the preliminary stage yesterday.
China’s world champion Yuan Chang remains the standout rival on the other half of the draw at 51kg.
Chang has already sparred with Jones at a training camp ahead of the competition.
Shillingford believes that meeting will have little bearing on what takes place if they meet again in the ring.
The HOP coach is pleased the European and EU champion is carrying her power in the step up from junior to youth level.
Shillingford said: ‘The Chinese team will be looking at Ebonie and seeing what she is doing.
‘They have already sparred but sparring and when you get in the ring for real are very different things.
‘Ebonie will have learnt a few bits but not been going full throttle.
‘She has only just turned 17 and going in with boxers who are a year older than she is.
‘But you can see that the power is there. She is a world-class boxer and belongs at this level.’