Jones out to fire message to rivals

The News Sports Awards' young sportswoman of the year, Ebonie Jones, right, with University of Chichester senior lecturer Jenny Page Picture: Mick Young
The News Sports Awards' young sportswoman of the year, Ebonie Jones, right, with University of Chichester senior lecturer Jenny Page Picture: Mick Young

EBONIE JONES is set to return to the ring in the final stages of the Youth Championships.

Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) recent Nations’ Cup winner will take part in the reshaped competition in County Durham from next Friday

The final rounds of the event will be run over consecutive days to mirror the pattern of international tournaments.

Jones knows all about the stamina involved, with the 16-year-old taking part in plenty of similar events already.

The 54kg entry has seven girls slated for entry in her category, meaning the teenager is set for a busy period of activity.

Jones knows she needs to make another impression to stay ahead in the race for a permanent place with the Great Britain squad.

The Drayton talent already spends time in Sheffield, with GB bosses eyeing her for a potential full-time berth.

The Charter Academy student, who was named The News Sports Awards young sportswoman of the year on Thursday, knows she has to make a statement in the ring.

Jones said: ‘I’ve won the national championships three times, but this is the first time at youth level.

‘They changed it to make it international style.

‘So it will ran from Friday to Sunday.

‘Most of the girls won’t be used to that. They will be used to boxing, waiting a week and then boxing again.

‘I’m used to boxing each day.

‘In training I’m really motivated.

‘These girls wouldn’t enter unless they thought they had a chance of beating me – so that motivates me to prove all of them wrong.’

Meanwhile, Walid Adenas has been backed to learn from his Youth Championship adventure

The HOP powerhouse bowed out of the competition last weekend with a narrow loss to England international George Jago.

A split-decision verdict went against the 16-year-old in a dramatic clash at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Portsmouth.

Jago started the quicker of the pair and took the first round, before a close second. Adenas then came on strong in the third as his opponent eventually conceded ground.

But it was the former Junior ABA champion who edged a 3-2 split verdict after the final bell.

Adenas was disappointed by the outcome, but HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, felt he could be proud of his achievements against a top-line opponent.

Shillingford had no argument with the result but believes his charge has shown how far he has developed as a boxer in the 64kg bout.

He said: ‘It was a close contest.

‘George wasn’t as strong as Walid but he is obviously a very good boxer.

‘He won the first round but Walid came back the more it went on.

‘In the end it was a split-decision and he got it, which was fair enough.

‘George was very humble after the bout and gave Walid a lot of compliments.

‘He’s had 40 bouts and couldn’t believe Walid has had just 16.

‘He couldn’t believe how tough and strong Walid is, and that’s coming from an England international.

‘George has been to two finals and won a national title.

‘It’s a massive jump for Walid but he is up there with these people now.

‘It’s a learning curve for Walid

‘He has moved up to the next level.’