March 14, 1928|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
August 20, 1994 (aged 66)|
Queens, New York, U.S.
|Wins by KO||13|
Ralph "Tiger" Jones (March 14, 1928 - August 20, 1994) was a boxer during the 1950s. Trained by Gil Clancy, Jones was a fixture of televised boxing in the 1950s, known for an aggressive style that pleased fans. His overall record was 52 victories, 32 losses and five draws.
He became a professional boxer in 1950. In 1955 he scored an upset over Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson was highly favored in the fight, which was Robinson's second during a comeback. That was only one of his wins against top-level fighters of that era. He also beat Joey Giardello and Kid Gavilan (both these fighters were world champions at one time and, in other fights, also defeated Jones). Fighters to whom he lost include world champions Gene Fullmer, Johnny Saxton, Paul Pender, and Carl "Bobo" Olson. In all, he fought six world champions on ten different occasions.
After he retired, Jones drove a cab and worked for a canning company. He was survived by three sons and two grandchildren.
- Swisher, Karl (March 1994), "Rediscovering 'Mr. Television'", The Ring, 73, no. 3: 56
- He never had a title fight, however.
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