Jones out for more international glory

Ebonie Jones, right, with coach Q Shillingford. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
Ebonie Jones, right, with coach Q Shillingford. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs
  • Drayton ace aiming for Three Nations title
  • Jones fresh from England training camp
  • Heart of Portsmouth talent eyeing world glory next month
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Ebonie Jones is out for her latest title success at the GB Youth Three Nations tomorrow.

Heart of Portsmouth’s rising star kick-starts her World Championship preparations against the best talent from these shores.

Jones has travelled to Rotherham for action at 51kg, as she takes on Scottish champion Sally Burrell.

The 16-year-old goes into the event off the back of an England training camp, which saw her hone her skills with 11 of the best talents in the country in Sheffield.

Now the Drayton ace is out to lay down a marker in what is a big period in her hugely-promising career.

Jones said: ‘I’m ready and I want to go out there and do well.

Then we go out to the worlds - and that’s my main target.

Ebonie Jones

‘I’ve got the Scottish champion and it’s a busy weekend after the training camp.

‘It’s important preparation for me leading up to the World Championships.

‘I’ve got another training camp and GB emerging talent camp.

‘Then we go out to the worlds – and that’s my main target.

‘Everything has gone well.

‘I got some good sparring at the last training camp.

‘And I’ve done some good work with people like Tyler Hall and Billy Cable at HOP and gone to London for other sparring.

‘On top of that, there is my strength and conditioning work at the Mountbatten Centre, which has been really useful.

‘Everything has been great and I feel ready for what I’ve got coming up.’

It will be an unusual double for HOP tomorrow, with coach Q Shillingford also part of the England camp.

Shillingford will be cornering boxers as they aim to collect the title, in what will be a proud moment for the HOP head coach.

He has overseen Jones’ training going into the event and feels she could not be better prepared.

Shillingford said: ‘Ebonie really is at the top of her game.

‘The last camp she was at was great for her. There were 11 on the England team and there was great sparring with the top girls in the country.

‘Ebonie smashed all the runs and sprints. She’s leading by example.

‘It’s also pleasing to be involved at the Three Nations.

‘I’ll be involved and cornering England boxers throughout the competition. It’s really a privilege to be part of the set-up.’

Shillingford made no bones about the fact that making an impression at the World Championships is Jones’ key target this year.

She will be out to better her bronze from two years ago when the action gets under way in Taiwan next month.

That would boost a stellar CV which already includes multiple national titles, two Nations’ Cup successes, as well as EU and European Championship victories.

Shillingford added: ‘Ebonie has had 35 bouts and won 34 with us.

‘The majority of those bouts have been at international level.

‘The one she lost was in the semi-final of the World Championships to the eventual winner.

‘That shows the level she’s at, but she is improving all of the time.

‘She’s fired up and ready to the use the Three Nations as a platform to go into the World Championships.’