by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
Gorilla Jones was from Memphis, Tennessee. Early on he fought in the border region between Louisiana and Texas. Later his career blossomed under the tutelage of Suey Welch, an Akron, Ohio promoter. His career lasted two decades, from 1920-1940. Jones was a skilled fighter could find weaknesses in his opponents. Against Sammy Slaughter in 1933 he scored a knockout with a short right uppercut.