Gorilla Jones
Global ID35198
birthdate 1906-05-12
death date 1982-01-04 (75)
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
reach75″   /   191cm
country USA
residenceAkron, Ohio, USA
birth placeMemphis, Tennessee, USA
birth nameWilliam Jones
won 95 (KO 55) + lost 24 (KO 0) + drawn 12 = 134
rounds boxed 1018
Newspaper Decisions won 9 : lost 1 : drawn
rounds boxed 96
Total Bouts 144 KO% 38.19

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1940-05-29Vern Earling3-1-1
Kellogg, Idaho, USALPTS1010
1939-01-24Angelo Puglisi43-16-5
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS1010
1938-06-09Alabama Kid112-36-18
Memorial Hall, Dover, Ohio, USALUD1010
referee: Billy Goodwin
"Displaying the greatest form of his long fistic career, Alabama Kid last night pounded out a 10-round decision over Gorilla Jones, ex world's middleweight champion." (Coshocton Tribune)
1938-05-10Babe Risko63-20-10
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USALPTS1010
1938-04-04King Wyatt5-2-0
Shrine Auditorium, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USADPTS1010
1938-02-23Jack Moran14-23-2
Akron, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1938-02-16Johnny Davis7-7-3
Akron, Ohio, USAWKO810
1938-01-19Pedro Carsonia
Columbia Gymnasium Arena, Louisville, Kentucky, USAWKO210
According to The Ring, "Gorilla Jones knocked out Tiger Carsonia of Indiana in a pair of rounds on the first all-colored show staged in Louisville." The promoter was Verne Franklin. This program was not reported in the Louisville Courier-Journal.
1938-01-12Frankie Hughes71-31-7
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1937-12-15Bob Turner65-39-15
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1937-11-23Alabama Kid105-34-18
Springfield, Ohio, USALPTS1010
Billed as Negro Middleweight World Title fight. Source: Kokomo Tribune
1937-10-27Andy Miller11-2-2
Sioux City, Iowa, USAWNWS88
Newspaper decision from the Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune (wire report)
1937-08-09Tommy Freeman168-18-20
Broadway Baseball Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa, USAWPTS1010
referee: Millio Millitti
1937-07-07Frankie Misko44-22-7
Uptown Arena, Sioux City, Iowa, USAWTKO510
referee: Harry Gibbons
Referee stopped the bout after multiple knockdowns.
1937-04-13Vernon Nelson5-7-4
Ak-sar-ben Coliseum, Omaha, Nebraska, USAWKO410
referee: Millio Millitti
1937-01-29Frank Battaglia80-15-5
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USADPTS1010
referee: Jim Keefe 52-48
Even though referee Jim Keefe scored the bout for Gorilla Jones, he decided to make the bout a draw due to Jones' less-than-stellar effort.
1937-01-01Freddie Steele114-2-11
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALUD1010
referee: Jim Keefe
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
NYSAC World middleweight title
Jones was down in the 7th for a 3-count, supposedly the first time he was ever floored.
1936-12-04Mickey Bottone18-13-11
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO110
time: 2:45 | referee: Julius Fidler
1936-08-05Art Taylor12-16-5
Tucson, Arizona, USADPTS1010
1936-01-27Tait Littman41-15-1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO1010
Jones dropped Littman for a five-count just before the bell in the fifth round, a nine-count in the sixth, and battered him in the remaining rounds until the referee stopped the fight. Littman had made a strong showing in the first four rounds. (Milwaukee Sentinel)
1936-01-01Tait Littman41-14-1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWKO110
time: 1:34 | referee: Jim Keefe
1935-09-17Freddie Steele98-2-11
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USALUD1010
referee: Tommy McCarty
1934-08-21Oscar Rankins19-17-4
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Frankie Van
1934-06-18Emilio Martinez12-3-1
Denver, Colorado, USALPTS1010
1934-05-22Freddie Steele82-2-10
Civic Ice Arena, Seattle, Washington, USADPTS1010
referee: Tommy McCarty 55-55 | judge: Al Rosenberg 55-55 | judge: Eddie O'Neill 55-55
1934-02-23Dutch Weimer20-7-0
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USALPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
1934-01-16Tony Poloni24-9-4
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Frank Holborow
1933-12-05Frankie Remus8-4-2
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWKO610
1933-10-27Eddie Murdock65-24-25
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWTKO1010
referee: Benny Whitman
Murdock went down six times in the bout. Referee stopped contest.
1933-10-12Lou Bertman
Phoenix, Arizona, USAWKO210
1933-10-06Mike Payan45-12-8
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Charley Randolph
1933-09-21Billy Papke Jr24-8-1
Pasadena Arena, Pasadena, California, USAWKO810
1933-09-15Johnny 'Bandit' Romero70-15-4
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWKO310
time: 1:15 | referee: William Lovejoy
1933-09-03Manuel Victoria32-29-13
Foreign Club Arena, Tijuana, Baja California, MexicoWTKO715
referee: Fayne Norton
1933-08-25Hal Hoxwood32-10-6
McCullough's Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah, USADPTS1010
1933-08-08Vearl Whitehead31-18-7
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Frank Holborow
1933-07-28Vearl Whitehead30-18-7
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USALDQ1010
referee: Bill Doran
1933-07-18Wesley Ketchell54-21-13
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: George Blake
1933-06-30Babe Marino29-7-2
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWKO1010
1933-04-19Ben Jeby46-8-4
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USANCNC612
referee: Freddy Block
The Cleveland Boxing Commissioners ordered Block to halt the fight due to the lack of effort from both fighters. A police riot squad had to escort Jones and Jeby back to their dressing rooms. Montreal Gazette
1933-02-28Willie Oster18-32-2
Convention Hall, Toledo, Ohio, USAWKO310
1933-02-21Rosy Baker35-8-3
Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWPTS1010
1933-01-30Sammy Slaughter34-6-3
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO712
referee: Tony LaBranch
American Middleweight Title
As recognized by the NBA. (Not for the NBA World Middleweight Title.)

1933-01-13Young Stuhley24-6-0
Clinton, Iowa, USAWKO410
1932-12-26Tommy Freeman100-14-13
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADPTS1010
referee: Red Robinson
1932-12-01Willie Oster17-31-2
Davenport, Iowa, USAWPTS1010
1932-11-24Jackie Purvis32-28-6
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWKO310
1932-10-03Johnny Peppe33-18-2
Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWPTS88
1932-08-29Kid Leonard16-4-0
Davenport, Iowa, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Waterloo Daily Courier (A.P. wire)
1932-08-09Jack December17-2-4
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO26
1932-06-11Marcel Thil84-21-13
Parc des Princes, Paris, Paris, FranceLDQ1115
referee: Juan Casanovas
vacant IBU World (1913 - 1946) middleweight title
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
Jones was losing on points when he was disqualified, after being repeatedly warned for holding and hitting low. The crowd of 70,000 was the largest to attend a prizefight in Paris since the Carpentier-Siki match. New York Times
1932-04-26Young Terry44-10-3
Armory, Trenton, New Jersey, USAWUD1212
referee: Henry Lewis 6-5
National Boxing Association World middleweight title
1932-04-07Bud Saltis10-14-1
Green Bay, Wisconsin, USAWPTS1010
1932-03-31Chuck Burns31-37-9
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWKO310
referee: Eddie Atlas
1932-03-14Frankie O'Brien43-9-0
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USALDQ810
referee: Jack Watson
Jones was disqualified for not trying.
1932-01-25Oddone Piazza13-1-1
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO610
vacant National Boxing Association World middleweight title
The championship bout of an elimination tournament before a disappointing crowd of 3,500 to determine a successor to Mickey Walker, who gave up the throne the year previous because he could no longer make the weight limit of 160 pounds. Jones became the 17th holder of the Title since the middleweight class was first recognized in 1867.
1931-12-11Henry Firpo43-12-10
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWPTS1010
Gorilla won 6 rounds, Firpo won 2, and 2 were even.
1931-11-19Frankie O'Brien40-8-0
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWPTS1010
Semi-final round of NBA Midddleweight Title Elimination Series.
1931-11-03George Nichols51-13-5
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWPTS1010
NBA Middleweight Tournament
1931-10-21Johnny Roberts37-16-1
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWKO310
Roberts down twice in the 2nd.
1931-09-17Clyde Chastain16-7-5
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWTKO610
This fight was in the second round of the NBA middleweight tournament. "A cut opened over Chastain's eyes in the second round by a lace of Jones' glove played no small part in the outcome of their match." (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)
1931-08-25Tiger Thomas37-15-9
Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWPTS1010
Sometimes recorded as a World Middleweight Title bout. It was only a first round eliminator of the NBA Middleweight Tournament. See also the Chastain-Marshall and Littman-Jenkins bouts on this card. And the Sept. 3 Cliville-Battaglia bout.
1931-05-25Bucky Lawless64-20-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS1010
referee: Eddie Purdy
Lawless down for a count of 9 in the 5th.
1931-04-28Ham Jenkins39-10-12
Kansas City, Missouri, USAWNWS1010
Nevada State Journal; Reno Evening Gazette
1931-04-14Paul Pirrone29-9-2
Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWPTS1010
1931-03-11Buddy Gorman15-2-2
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Toby Irwin
Gorman down in the 4th.
1931-02-17Herman Ratzlaff19-4-5
Auditorium, Portland, Oregon, USAWUD1010
1931-02-06Frank Rowsey25-2-2
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO810
referee: Bill Doran
1931-01-30Mike Hector28-12-6
Stockton, California, USAWPTS1010
1931-01-23Chick Devlin32-2-6
Dreamland Auditorium, San Francisco, California, USADPTS1010
referee: Willie Ritchie
Often incorrectly reported as occurring Jan. 28.
1931-01-13Young Johnny Burns54-14-13
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO710
referee: Eddie Burns
Burns down four times in the 7th round.
1930-12-26Clyde Chastain11-6-5
Armory, Akron, Ohio, USAWKO410
1930-11-28Jackie Brady47-29-9
Carney Auditorium, Erie, Pennsylvania, USALPTS1010
1930-11-10Meyer Lichtenstein29-11-3
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USAWPTS1010
1930-10-23Harry Smith39-1-1
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USALPTS1010
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