Paul Jones (boxer)
|Real name||Paul Jones|
|Rated at||Light Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight|
19 September 1966 |
|Wins by KO||11|
Paul "Silky" Jones (born 19 November 1966 in Sheffield, England), is a British former professional boxer who has a record of 31-12-1(15 KOs) in the welterweight, light-middleweight, middleweight, and super middleweight divisions. Jones will be remembered for being the first British-born Light Middleweight World Champion.
Known as "Silky", because of his truly unpredictability, quickness and silky skills.
Jones turned pro in 1986, aged 20 winning his first professional bout against Paul Gillings. Paul then had 4 more fights before moving to Toronto (Canada) to gain some top experience where he had 3 winning bouts including a stunning 3rd round KO at the hands of Tony Collier. Paul then returned to the UK and had 8 more fights against respectable fighters before winning his first title against Jason Rowe. After the fight Jones was quoted as being happy for winning the title but said he wound never defend it as he was going on to bigger and better things. On 14 April Jones won the WBO's Interconternental title against Damien Denny, winning him the "KO of the year award". This then placed Jones as number 2 in the WBO rankings. Jones then defended this title twice. Jones was in the form of his life and was unbeaten for more the 3 years.
Currently Mr Jones resides in Leeds.
Capturing the Light Middleweight Title
Next up was what he had been waiting for; a shot at the champion. Jones went into the fight the heavy underdog but surprised the boxing world by dominated the fight capturing the WBO Light Middleweight Title in 1995 with a majority decision win over Future IBF Light Middle Weight Champ and future IBHOF Champion Verno Phillips. With the win, Jones became the first British-born Light Middleweight World Champion. "Freddie King" (Paul's trainer) said after the fight he "Showed glimpses of absolute greatness and produced a great fight". Jones joined close friend and boxer Naseem Hamed as Sheffield's second world champion at the time and who was also ringside for the fight he said "Silkys's done the business tonight what a fight I new he would win but not so easily".
Jones had become 1 of 4 world champions, from no one wanting to fight him to being world champion in the space of 6 months. Many Great fighters wanted to fight him especially Winky Wright (who later picked up Jones' title on the way to becoming Undisputed Light Middleweight World Champion) and many inside the boxing world thought Jones would have given a run for his money. The plan was for Jones to defend his WBO title against Bronco Banyon McKart of American Bob Arum's Top Rank promotions. Apparently both parties had a verbal agreement for the bout to be staged either in the UK or America. Many did say Jones's style would have been perfect for this big fight but unfortunately this fight did not materialise however Jones did go on to win the WBC Super Middle Weight International World Title. Jones' last fight was a points decision over the future EBU-EE Super Middleweight champion Kreshnik Qato. Jones retired in 2002 with a record of 31-12-1.
|WBO light Middleweight Champion
22 November 1995– February 1996
| John David Jackson
defeated Lupe Aquino
|8 December 1988||Detroit, Michigan||6|
|Title vacated||1993||Jackson vacated the title to move up to Middleweight. His last defense was against Michele Mastrodonato on 19 December 1992 in San Severo, Italy|
| Verno Phillips
def. Lupe Aquino
|30 October 1993||Phoenix, Arizona||4|
|Paul Jones||22 November 1995||Sheffield, England||0|
|Title vacated||February 1996||Jones was stripped of the title.|
|Ronald "Winky" Wright||17 May 1996||Monroe, Michigan||3|
|Harry Simon||August 22, 1998||Temba, South Africa||4|
|Title vacated||July 2001||Simon vacated the title to move up to Middleweight. His last defense was against Wayne Alexander on 10 February 2001 in Widnes, England|
| Daniel Santos
defeated Luis "Yori Boy" Campas
|16 March 2002||Las Vegas, Nevada||4|
|Sergiy Dzindziruk||3 December 2005||Magdeburg, Germany||4|
Championships and accomplishments
- Commonwealth Middle Championship
- WBO light Middle Championship
- WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight Championship
- WBC International Super Middle Championship