|Real name||William Jones|
|Born||May 12, 1906
|Died||January 4, 1982(aged 75)|
|Wins by KO||52|
William Landon Jones (1906–1982) known as "Gorilla" Jones, was an American boxer and twice NBA Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. Jones was never knocked out although he himself won by 52 knockouts out of 101 wins over 141 total fights.
Jones turned professional in 1923 with Stephen "Suey" Welch as manager and trained with Joe Stanley. He won the vacant National Boxing Association World Middleweight Title with a win over Oddone Piazza in 1925. He lost the belt later that year to Frenchman Marcel Thil through disqualification. But his greatest success came in 1932 when he twice won the NBA Middleweight Boxing Championship of the World (against Oddone Piazza and Young Terry). In 1933 he lost the IBU Middleweight World Championship against Marcel Thil and won the NBA Middleweight Championship of America against Sammy "Kid" Slaughter by KO.
In 1937 he took on Freddie Steele, the National Boxing Association World Middleweight and NYSAC World Middleweight Title holder, but lost to a decision.
His last win was two years later in 1939, and he lost his last fight in 1940, when he retired from boxing.
Although he was nicknamed "Gorilla" for his exceptional reach, Jones is to be distinguished from the original "Gorilla Jones", who campaigned from 1913 to 1924 and held the World Colored Welterweight title.
Jones was a trainer on the Pacific Coast from the mid-to-late 1940s until the 1970s, working with Milo Savage, Johnny Wells, Irish Bob Murphy, and later with Suey Welch's boxer Gil King during the early 1970s.
He worked for Mae West whom he had known since he was 22, becoming her chauffeur and bodyguard. West was his employer, friend and supporter until her death in 1980.
"Among West's other boyfriends was boxing champion William Jones, nicknamed Gorilla Jones. When the management at her Ravenswood apartment building barred the African-American boxer from entering the premises, West solved the problem by buying the building and lifting the ban." Excerpt from: http://oswest.homestead.com/Chickadee/MaeWest/MaeWest.html
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