A grade five dropout and former gang member, Spider Jones beat the odds and turned his life around.
Gang life led Jones to a violence-filled youth. He knew street life couldn’t have a happy ending, and looked for something constructive to get involved in. Jones quickly learned to channel his street smarts in the boxing ring, ultimately winning three Golden Glove Championships and securing a place for himself in the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame.
Once his distinguished boxing career was behind him, Jones realized he could translate the discipline it took to succeed in the ring into other areas of his life. He went on to co-host the syndicated television show Famous Knockouts with boxer George Chuvalo before landing his own radio show on Toronto’s Fan 590. The Spider’s Web quickly became the number one overnight radio show in Canada, featuring interviews with such sports greats as Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, and Wayne Gretzky.
Today, Jones dedicates much of his time to telling his story across North America and through his book, Out of the Darkness. His message of hope recounts his own journey from gang life to respected role model, and illustrates his message that no dream is unattainable.
“Spider Jones is a dynamic speaker with an overwhelming stage presence. His life story is an inspiration to people of all ages.”
Faculty of Technology, Seneca College