Golden Girl Ebonie Jones with coach Colin WilliamsThe Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (H.O.P) was celebrating again this weekend after talented boxer Ebonie Jones (Charter Academy) picked up another title after winning this years National title in December. This time however was overseas as the young prospect travelled to Boras in Sweden for the “Golden Girl Box Cup 2013”.

The Golden Girl Box Cup – The tournament took place on Fri 11-13th of January 2013 in Boras, Sweden and is open to all female boxers in Europe.

The H.O.P team consisted of H.O.P Coach – Colin Williams, Boxer – Ebonie Jones (Charter Academy) Team Manager for the event and Ebonie’s dad – Brian Jones.

This was an open class event and clubs from all over Europe could enter. There were three open class boxers in Ebonies Jones category (50-52kg). Rhyna Van Luene (Germany) and the highly respected Maria Markowska (Hornchurch ABC, England).

The draw gave Jones the bye to the final. In the final and as expected she met Maria Markowska who is (50kg-52kg) England Champion 2013.

Jones, set off determined to win, landing heavily in the first round and setting a phenomenal pace. In the second round, Coach Williams changed tactics allowing Jones to use her footwork and boxing skill whilst landing cleanly to increase her score. However in the third round and after another tactical change from Coach Williams, Jones then powered home to victory throwing fast and hurtful combinations at blistering speed to head and body. This secured the “Golden Girl Title” and Gold Medal for Jones.

HO.P Coach Colin Williams said, it was a long way to go for a tournament, but was well worth it. Jones was fit, strong and listened to what she was told, Jones has worked hard in the gym and come on so well over the last two years, her performance was second to none. Winning her second National title at the end of the year was great but this win has put the icing on the cake, I was very proud of her performance.

H.O.P Boss “Q” Shillingford said, Jones’s commitment and dedication can not be faltered. By travelling all that way giving away age, height, reach advantage plus moving up two weight categories to box and then beating this year’s England National champion at a heavier weight is a great achievement. Jones has already had a landmark win this season, by defeating Emma Dolan (Attleborough ABC) in the National Finals. Emma Dolan record was 15 bts won 14 going into the championships. Ebonie Jones has done the H.O.P. City, Hampshire and Southern Counties very proud, the club is buzzing off her success.

“Q” concluded – Ebonie Jones is ready for the next level.