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Ebonie Jones: Army boxer

Sapper Ebonie Jones of 26 Royal Engineers is only 20, but is already one of the Army’s brightest sporting prospects

When I was 10-years-old, I saw a documentary on Muay Thai and Cage Fighting, so I asked my dad to take me kickboxing. I started to go boxing when I was 12 to benefit the kickboxing but found I enjoyed boxing more. When it was announced that boxing for females was going to be an Olympic sport from 2012 it was a no-brainer to switch over.

My sporting hero is Mike Tyson, I like his style and the way he moves. He became a world champion so young, which I think is amazing.

I’ve represented England in many tournaments, winning two European championship gold medals and a bronze. I also won a bronze medal in the world championships. In addition to that, I’ve won four English titles and a British title.

The highlight so far was winning the Under-22 European championship because it was a big tournament and was my first outing in GB colours.

I recently went to the European championships in Bulgaria, which was my first major tournament as an elite boxer. Tournaments like these are steps towards the Olympics and that is my ultimate goal, and I also want to become a world champion. Although these are civilian competitions I am still in the Army and feel as though I am representing them.

The support you get from the Army with sport is second to none. I was able to train full time with the Army Boxing Team while having a stable career behind me, and within a season I got onto Team GB and now I train there full-time in Sheffield with the full support of the Army.

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