Gene 'Spider' Mock
Gene 'Spider' Mock fought as Gene Mock when he was an amateur in the Los Angeles area going back as far as 1935, and then continued using it through 1943-44 in Los Angeles area rings. When he went to San Diego, he used Gene Jensen. A September 7, 1946 San Diego Union article mentions that he has gone back to his real name of Gene Mock. Mock was given the nickname Spider by former World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries.
As an amateur, Mock had some 150 bouts (with only four losses) and was the Pacific Coast Diamond belt champion at 126 pounds in 1937 and 1938.
Mock was managed by actor Alan Dinehart until his death in 1944. Dinehart's wife, Mozelle Britton, an actress, then took over Jensen's management. Los Angeles Times, April 13, 1945 "Eddie Hudson, Nick Moran Box in Legion Ring."
Mock served during World War II as an athletic instructor with the United States Navy.
- Dec, 13, 1947 Burbank Review