Ebonie Jones: 'I can easily win the World Championships'

Ebonie Jones
Jones does her training at the Heart of Portsmouth club

Portsmouth boxer Ebonie Jones heads to the Youth World Championships looking to add to her growing reputation as one of the country's most promising boxers.

Jones, 17, heads to Taipei in Taiwan for her first World Championships as a youth boxer in the 51kg category.

And having recently won gold at the Nations Cup in Serbia, Jones heads into the nine-day tournament, which begins on 16 May, in confident mood.

"I can easily win the world championships," said Jones.

Speaking to BBC Radio Solent Jones added: "I've just got to perform and make sure I'm on my game.

"I think I'm good enough to win the world championships, obviously I do get another shot at it next year but even as a junior when I came away with a bronze on a split decision I felt I could have got better than a bronze."

Jones is still learning her trade, but a gold medal in her first tournament since moving from junior to youth level further underlined her potential, with European titles and three ABA national titles already on her CV.

The Heart of Portsmouth boxing club product then turns her attention to the European Championships in August.

She is studying for three A-levels and is also part of Team GB's emerging talent squad and admits to some nerves ahead of the tournament,

"I'm quite nervous because I really want a medal and really want to do well," added Jones. "I've trained so hard and my coaches have put so much effort into preparing me.

"The Nations Cup was my first youth tournament and even though some of the girls were older I still managed to come away with the gold. It wasn't even that much different."