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AARON JONES

Aaron Jones was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1831 and travelled South as a teenager where he was taken under the wing of Jem Burn who turned Jones into a clever boxer, tough and agile with hard hitting hands and who was also excellent at sparring. Jones stood an inch under 6 foot tall and weighed around 168lbs, which placed him in the middle weight class in an age where weight divisions was still much of a grey area. His recorded ring career shows only one success, however Jones only went in with the best and gave them all problems and tough fights. In 1849 and only 18 years of age he faced Harry Orme who was 5 years older and also making his recorded debut, but only 2 years later was fighting and beating Nat Langham for the British Middleweight title. Jones and Orme met at Frimley Green, Surrey with Jones losing in 40 rounds for a purse of 40 pounds. The next year he took on Bob Wade at Edenbridge, Kent and achieved his only recorded win in 43 rounds for a 50 purse. He then met Harry Orme again in 1852, first at Bourne Bridge, Cambridgeshire where the police intervened after 9 rounds, so they moved the ring to nearby Newmarket, Suffolk, where again the police stopped the fight after 14 rounds. The referee suggested a third venue, but Jones refused and so Orme was given the verdict. In 1854 Jones came up against Tom Paddock who had already failed twice to win the Championship of England. In a mammoth 121 round war Jones was finally defeated for a 200 purse. Again in 1855 Jones and Paddock fought at Long Reach besides the River Thames with Paddock picking up another 200 by beating Jones in 61 rounds this time. In 1857 Aaron Jones climbed into the same ring as Tom Sayers at Canvey Island, just before Sayers went after the Championship of England. They fought 62 rounds before darkness beat both badly battered figures and so 5 weeks later they met again at Long Reach for another 200 purse and after 85 rounds Sayers was the winner. The next we hear of Aaron Jones is in 1867, after sailing to America where he took on Mike McCoole who had claimed the American Heavyweight Championship the year before and Jones was defeated in 34 rounds for a reputed $2,000 purse. His death is reported to be in 1869 by poisoning, but conflicting reports state that Jones returned to England from America in 1881 or 1882 when he was 51.