Jones marches on in World Championships

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Ebonie Jones sealed her spot in the AIBA Junior World Boxing Championships quarter-finals and promised: Two down – three to go.

Heart of Portsmouth’s rising star delivered her second emphatic win on the bounce in Bulgaria yesterday for England.

The 15-year-old disposed of Turkey’s Sumeyye Kesikoglu with a unanimous points win over three rounds.

That set up a clash today with dangerous Indian puncher Gargi Chahal for a place in the semi-finals of the world event.

Chahal showed her strength yesterday as she demolished her opponent in the first round to set up the showdown with Jones.

With a spot in the semi-finals on Friday up for grabs, a big test lies in wait for the Drayton powerhouse.

But Jones is showing all of her usual steely determination and is focused on the job at hand in the 50kg meeting.

The EU champion knows she is now three wins away from the world title.

But according to her coach, Q Shillingford, she is refusing to get carried away by that prospect.

Shillingford said: ‘It was a good performance from Ebonie.

‘The other girl had done her homework after previously boxing Ebonie and tried to push her back and put it on her.

‘But Ebonie just did what she normally does and then powered forward.

‘She showed her fitness, strength and skill and outclassed her with the quality of her punching.

‘We have studied her next opponent who got a first-round stoppage.

‘She went in throwing a lot of punches but if she does that against Ebonie she will get caught.

‘Ebonie is ready for her next test. Her exact words to me were “two down – three to go”.

‘The England coach has said we should be loud and proud about Ebonie, which is great to hear.

‘The CEO of the Amateur Boxing Association has also been saying how well she’s doing.

‘Everybody is happy with her but we are keeping our feet on the ground.’

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