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JONES , PERCY ( 1891 - 1922 ), boxer ;

b. 24 Dec. 1891 , at Treherbert , Rhondda , he was a contemporary of Jimmy Wilde and a protégé of James Driscoll (q.v.) . Jones became British and World flyweight champion on 26 Jan. 1914 when he defeated Bill Ladbury the holder of the title. This success carried with it the Lonsdale Belt . Jones further established himself as world champion by successfully defending his title against Eugene Crique , the flyweight champion of France and of Europe . Jones worked in the mines at Treherbert and Forth and later became a ‘ striker ’ at the Lady Windsor Colliery , Ynys-hir . During the 1914-18 War, he served in France with the Welsh ‘Bantams’ and was badly wounded. His injuries led to severe blood-poisoning which caused him to be invalided out of the Army . He was now crippled for life, and eventually d. 25 Dec. 1922 .

Sources:

  • Boxing News world's premier fight weekly , London , 7 July 1948 , 9;
  • The Porth Gazette , 30 Dec. 1922 ;
  • Western Mail , 27 Dec. 1922 and 6 Jan. 1950 (‘Former Welsh Boxing Champions,’ no. 9, by Tudor James ).

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959