Colin Jones (boxer)
|Real name||Colin Jones|
21 March 1959 |
Swansea, Wales, UK
|Wins by KO||23|
Colin Jones (born 21 March 1959 in Gorseinon, Swansea) was a Welsh boxer, who became British, Commonwealth and European welterweight champion. Before turning professional he represented Great Britain at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
Jones was arguably the hardest punching welterweight of his generation. His ability to knock fighters out with a single shot (with either hand) allowed him the luxury of being a notoriously slow starter. However it was a chilling second round capture of the European bauble over popular Dane Hans-Henrik Palm (in Copenhagen) that confirmed his arrival as a world class fighter.
He lost three times, one by disqualification (Curtis Ramsey), one by split decision (Milton McCrory) and once where he was stopped in four rounds (cuts) by a peaking Donald Curry. The latter two losses came in challenges for the world title after he had drawn with McCrory in his first attempt to claim it.
This is balanced by an efficient rise to the top. The two "come from behind" knockout victories against the gifted Kirkland Laing were particular highlights of his career.
Jones was national coach of the Welsh Boxing team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
- "BBC Sport-Wales-BBC Wales Sports Personality Of The Year". BBC website. BBC. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
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