Tiger Jones

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For the American football player, see Tiger Jones (American football).
Ralph Jones
Rated at Middleweight
Nationality American
Born March 14, 1928
Brooklyn, New York
Died August 20, 1994
Queens, New York
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 89
Wins 52
Wins by KO 13
Losses 32
Draws 5
No contests 0

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.[1] 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.[2]

After he retired, Jones drove a cab and worked for a canning company. He was survived by three sons and two grandchildren.

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  1. ^ Swisher, Karl (March 1994), "Rediscovering 'Mr. Television'", The Ring, 73, no. 3: 56 
  2. ^ He never had a title fight, however. Swisher, Karl (March 1994), The Ring: 58  Missing or empty |title= (help)