Boxing bombshell Ebonie Jones’ was a HGV driver before turning to sport

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Ebonie Jones will make her ring debut against Vaida Masiokaite on Saturday after swapping her HGV license for a boxing one.

The 23-year-old featherweight learned to drive massive motors in the army and could earn big bucks delivering petrol this weekend.

But after switching from the forecourt to the ring, the only thing the Portsmouth-born blonde bombshell has to worry about now is whether she has enough fuel left in the tank if the fight goes the distance.

It's a good job Jones has experience of handling big rigs, because she might need it against Lithuanian star Masiokaite, who dwarfed the British fighter at the weigh-in.

The only pumping she wants to see on Saturday at Wembley Arena – on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr's fight with Anatoli Muratov – are fists cheering on her professional debut.

Jones told The Sun how she was in the Royal Engineers and was about to start her tank course when she decided to bomb out the forces and try her luck as a pro in the ring.

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Reflecting on the current petrol crisis gripping the country, she joked: "I haven’t had any calls from BP or Esso to help out with their deliveries yet.

"I have heard that the money for it is good at the moment. But I don’t think John would give me the time off of training to be honest!

"I have had no income since I left the army in July, when I signed off I didn’t know I would even have an offer to turn pro, I thought I might have to get a little part-time job on the side of training.

"But now the risk has paid off and everything feels like perfect timing."

Jones was exceptional as an amateur but turned her back on boxing when she became disillusioned with trying to make the squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

But, thanks to the success of women's boxing, and stars like Nicola Adams Katie Taylor and Ebanie Bridges, she's now back and ready to take her chance against Masiokaite on Saturday.

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