Highlight 4 | History | Issue | Long read | Premium | Jan 21 2020

Colin Jones – one of the greatest British fighters never to win a world title

Gorseinon gunslinger Colin Jones might just have been the most explosive, most ruthless ring executioner in post war British boxing
Colin Jones
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An Olympian at just 17, British welterweight monarch at 21 and a triple world title challenger at 25, the sandy haired slayer from the Swansea valleys was extended to the cards in three of his opening seven pro starts but never required the assistance of the judiciary in any of the remaining 19 victories on his 26-3-1 slate.

Here, in his own words, the sinisterly soft-voiced 60 year old – now Welsh national amateur coach- reminds Louis Daniel of his rampage to continental glory in the early 1980s.

I was the fifth of eight children, all the boys boxed. My older brother Ken was Welsh (amateur) welterweight champion in 1968, same year I started. My younger brother Peter was later ABA champion and a pro bantam.