renowned for his big hitting, most notably his left hook, although he
could render an opponent senseless with one punch from either hand.
Not surprising then that 23 of his 26 wins was by the short route;
an exceptional ratio. Mike Copp was the first, of so many, to feel
Jones power in Colin's first pro fight back in October 1977. The
fight lasted 5 rounds. Three more wins by knockout followed, two in
the first round, before Colin had to go the full eight round
distance when defeating Tony Martey, at Aberavon, in March 1978.
The two fights succeeding the Martey bout also went the distance, against Frankie Decaestecker and Horace McKenzie. These three successive full distance wins were the last time that Colin Jones would go the distance to beat an opponent. Throughout 1979 Colin defeated all 4 opponents by KO, before beginning 1980 in the same fashion with a 6 round KO of Cardiff boxer, Billy Waith. Undefeated in 13 fights the greatest challenge to date was on the horizon. A British title challenge to the present champion, Kirkland Laing.
The stage was set for a classic 'boxer v big hitter' fight. For eight rounds Colin ceaselessly stalked Laing around the ring with his hands held high just soaking up punishment. Laing was at his dazzling best employing all his skills to stay away from Jones devastating punches while landing his own wide variety of shots almost at will. It was inevitable that sooner or later Jones would connect with a big 'un; then we would see if Laing could stand up to Jones power. The ninth round proceeded as the previous eight until...... wham ! Seemingly from nowhere Colin unleashed a tremendous right hand to the champions jaw. As Kirkland held hopelessly onto the top rope, in a desperate attempt to remain upright, Colin unmercifully battered him with both hands. With the champion now totally defenceless the referee stepped in to halt the fight. Colin Jones was going home to Wales as the new British Welterweight Champion.
European Title success
The fight once more went the full distance of 12 rounds. In a split decision the World title was awarded to Milton McCrory.
In 1985, after two knockout wins against Allan Braswell and Billy Parks, Colin challenged Don Curry for the W.B.A. welterweight title, in what was to turn out to be Colin's last fight. Curry's hand speed coupled with hard accurate punches was causing Jones considerable trouble, although Colin was connecting with solid punches of his own. The fourth round signalled the end when Colin sustained an extremely nasty gash across the bridge of his nose. The deep cut was sufficiently bad for the referee to intervene, thereby ending Colin Jones third World title attempt. Colin announced his retirement shortly afterwards.
Colin Jones was one of a rare breed. He could knock out opponents with either hand, had a terrific resilience to punishment and provided immense excitement with every fight.
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