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Florida Al Jones


boxinggloves002lAfter losing his pro debut Duke Johnson in June of 1964, Al reeled off 24 straight victories. He beat the Duke in a rematch. He also scored two victories over Chip Johnson and two kayos over Levi Forte. He decisioned Jefferson Davis and Bob Stallings and halted Sonny Moore, Archie Ray and stopped James J. Beattie one round.

The streak was ended when Al drew with veteran contender Zora Folley in May of 1968. He then won six more bouts including knockouts of Cleveland Williams and Jack O”Halloran plus a points win over Henry Clark.

By now Jones was firmly entrenched in the lower tier of the Top Ten with only one loss and one draw on his record. On January 27, 1970 Luis Pires held Jones to a draw only after Al broke his hand in the first round. Jones didn”t step into the ring again until October 25, 1971 when he outscored Roy Cookie Wallace. Six months later Al broke his hand in the third round and dropped a ten round verdict in Venezuela to Jose Luis Garcia. It would be over three years before he fought again.

In 1976 Al out fought the capable Jody Ballard. Later that year though Jones again broke his hand and was unable to continue against Tom Prater after five rounds. Jones, once a bright prospect retired with 33-3-3 record with 18 KO’s. One must wonder how far Al would have gone if not for the hand injuries.

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