Born Willis Jones on October 24, 1898 in Brooklyn, NY. Nicknamed "Jersey" while working at a Minnesota advertising agency in 1915, Jones' eventful life saw him participate in nearly every aspect of boxing. He was a fighter (54-4, 32KOs), promoter, manager, newspaper reporter, magazine writer and corner man.
He began his reporting career as sports editor of the New York Post (1912-1919) and later joined the New York Globe in the same capacity (1923). Jones handled publicity duties for 40 training camps for boxers promoted by Hall of Famer Mike Jacobs, including 16 with Joe Louis.
Among the many boxers he represented during his career include Australia's Dave Sands, featherweight champion Hogan (Kid) Bassey and Hall of Famer Dick Tiger. As a promoter, Jones staged shows throughout cities in the Northeast, including Bayonne, Syracuse and Montreal.
In 1946, Jones joined the staff of The Ring magazine and remained at the "Bible of Boxing" until semi-retiring in 1970. Until his death on December 18, 1973, Jones was a frequent contributor of historical features to the magazine. Jones also served as president of the National Veterans Boxing Association.
Born: Oct. 24, 1898
Died: Dec. 18, 1973