Olympics-Boxing-After narrow escape from home fire, American Jones eyes gold

By Chang-Ran Kim

TOKYO (Reuters) – After losing the majority of her house and countless dollars worth of boxing devices in a fire in May, U.S. welterweight Oshae Jones stated her eyes were on the gold reward now she was ensured of a medal at the Tokyo Games.

“I had a vision of me standing on the podium and I practise my gold medal speech every day, so I plan on it,” Jones stated after beating Dominican Maria Moronta in the quarter-finals on Friday, protecting a minimum of a bronze.

Jones directly got away a fire that ruined majority of the house that she and her sweetheart had actually purchased in Toledo, Ohio – a “fixer-upper” that they were nearly done refurbishing.

“I feel like with the Olympic Games postponed a whole year and me losing 60, 80 percent of my things, I feel like it was just adding fuel to the fire, literally, to me keep pushing,” the 23-year-old stated. “I keep pushing every day.”

Jones passionately credited her “nosy neighbours” for informing her and her partner to the late-night blaze.

“If I was in any other neighbourhood where people mind their business, I would be dead,” she stated.

Still, needing to change the roofing, re-do the circuitry therefore far more, the state of her home was constantly on the back of her mind, Jones included.

“But all I can do is give it my best here and maybe that can contribute to my home.”

Jones will combat China’s Gu Hong in the semi-finals at the Kokugikan Arena on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Modifying by Ken Ferris)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.