Roy Jones, Jr.

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Roy Jones, Jr.
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Statistics
Real nameRoy Levesta Jones Jr.
Nickname(s)Junior
Superman
RJ
Captain Hook
Rated atLight middleweight
Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 45)
Pensacola, Florida, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins59
Wins by KO42
Losses8
Draws0
No contests0
 
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Roy Jones, Jr.
Jones, Roy Jr (2007).JPG
Statistics
Real nameRoy Levesta Jones Jr.
Nickname(s)Junior
Superman
RJ
Captain Hook
Rated atLight middleweight
Middleweight
Super Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Heavyweight
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 45)
Pensacola, Florida, USA
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights67
Wins59
Wins by KO42
Losses8
Draws0
No contests0

Roy Jones, Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American professional boxer, rapper and actor. As a professional, he has captured numerous world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a light middleweight (154 lbs) and go on to win a heavyweight title.

Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA Heavyweight title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.[1]

Boxing career

Amateur career

Jones won the 1984 United States National Junior Olympics in the 119 lb (54 kg) weight division, the 1986 United States National Golden Gloves in the 139 lb (63 kg) division, and the 1987 United States National Golden Gloves in the 156 lb (71 kg) division. As an amateur, he ended his career with a 121–13 record.

Jones represented the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where he won the silver medal.[2] He dominated his opponents, never losing a single round en route to the final. His participation in the final was met with controversy when he lost a 3–2 decision to South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun despite pummeling Park for three rounds, landing 86 punches to Park's 32.[2] Allegedly, Park himself apologized to Jones afterward and the referee told Jones that he was dumbstruck by the judges decision.[3] One judge shortly thereafter admitted the decision was a mistake and all three judges voting against Jones were eventually suspended. An official IOC investigation ending in 1997 found that three of the judges had been wined and dined by South Korean officials. This led to calls for Jones to be awarded a gold medal, but the IOC still officially stands by the decision, despite the allegations. Jones was awarded the Val Barker trophy, as the best stylistic boxer of the 1988 games, which was only the third and to this day the last time in the competition's history when the award did not go to one of the gold medal winners. The incident led Olympic organizers to establish a new scoring system for Olympic boxing.[3]

Professional career

On turning professional, he had already sparred with many professional boxers, including NABF Champion Ronnie Essett, IBF Champion Lindell Holmes and Sugar Ray Leonard. Jones began as a professional on May 6, 1989, knocking out Ricky Randall in two rounds in Pensacola at the Bayfront Auditorium. For his next fight, he faced the more experienced Stephan Johnson in Atlantic City, beating him by a knockout in round eight.

Jones built a record of 15–0 with 15 knockouts before stepping up in class to meet former World Welterweight Champion Jorge Vaca in a Pay Per View fight on January 10, 1992. He knocked Vaca out in round one to reach 16 knockout wins in a row. After one more KO, Jones went the distance for the first time against future world champion Jorge Castro, winning a 10-round decision in front of a USA Network national audience.

Roy Jones vs. Bernard Hopkins

Jones made his first attempt at a world title on May 22, 1993. He beat future Undisputed Middleweight Champion Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision in Washington, D.C. to capture the IBF Middleweight Championship. Jones claimed he had entered the bout with a broken right hand, but still managed to outpoint Hopkins and secure a unanimous decision win. Jones reminded the world of this claim on his hit single "Ya'll Must've Forgot" later in his career. While working for HBO as an analyst for Bernard Hopkins' title defense against Simon Brown, Jones would admit on air that he was 16 pounds heavier than Hopkins on fight night, weighing 180 to Hopkins 163.

For his next fight, he fought another future world champion, Thulane "Sugar Boy" Malinga, in a non-title affair. Jones beat Malinga by knockout in six rounds. Jones finished the year with another win, beating Fermin Chirino by decision. In 1994, Jones beat Danny "Popeye" Garcia by knockout in six, then retained his IBF title against Thomas Tate in two rounds at Las Vegas on May 27.

Roy Jones vs. James Toney

On November 18, 1994, he was set to face undefeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion James Toney, who was ranked highly in the "pound for pound" rankings. Toney had remained undefeated in 46 bouts and was rated the best in the world at 168 lbs. Billed as "The Uncivil War," Toney vs Jones was heavily hyped. Jones, for the first time in his career, was the underdog.

Over the course of the 12-round unanimous decision, Jones demonstrated his greatness. He danced circles around Toney, landing quick combinations at will, scoring a flash knockdown in the third round. Ring magazine called Jones' performance the most dominant of any big fight in 20 years. Claims that Toney was badly unprepared and dehydrated would surface in the days following the fight. Toney himself would claim in an interview with The Ring magazine that he had taken laxatives and diuretics the day of the weigh-in to make weight.

In 1995, Jones defended his super middleweight title successfully multiple times. He began the year by knocking out Antoine Byrd in round one. He faced former IBF Lightweight Champion Vinny Pazienza and defeated him in round six. He then beat Tony Thornton in round two by KO.

Career from 1996 to 2002

In 1996, Jones maintained his winning ways, defeating Merqui Sosa by knockout in two and future world champion Eric Lucas in round 11. When he boxed Lucas, he became the first athlete to participate in two paid sports events on the same day. He had played a basketball game in the morning and defended his boxing title in Jacksonville, Florida that evening. He also held a press conference in the ring just before the fight, taking questions from a chair in the middle of the ring and defending his choice of Bryant Brannon as his opponenet instead of Frankie Liles, his nemesis from the amateurs. He then defeated Bryant Brannon in a round two TKO.

Roy Jones vs Mike McCallum

In November 1996 at Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, Jones defeated 40 year old former three-weight world champion Mike McCallum via a shutout decision to win the vacant Interim WBC Light Heavyweight title. Jones was soon upgraded to full champion by the WBC.

Roy Jones vs. Montell Griffin I & II

In 1997 Jones had his first professional loss, a disqualification against Montell Griffin. Griffin was trained by the legendary Eddie Futch, who had taught him how to take advantage of Jones technical mistakes and lack of basic boxing fundamentals. Griffin jumped out to an early lead on Jones but by round 9 Jones was ahead on the scorecards by a point and had Griffin on the canvas early in round nine. But as Griffin took a knee on the canvas to avoid further punishment, Jones hit him twice. Subsequently, Jones was disqualified and lost his title. Jones sought an immediate rematch and regained the World Light Heavyweight title easily, knocking Griffin down within the first 2 minutes 31 seconds of the fight, then ending the fight by knocking Griffin out just over two minutes in with a leaping left hand shot.

1998–2002

In 1998, Jones began by knocking out former Light Heavyweight and future Cruiserweight Champion Virgil Hill (who had already lost his belts to Lineal & WBO Champion Dariusz Michalczewski) in four rounds at Biloxi, Mississippi with a huge right to the body that broke one of Hill's ribs. He followed that with a win against the WBA Light Heavyweight title holder, Puerto Rico's Lou Del Valle, by a decision in 12 on July 18, to unify the WBC and WBA belts. Jones had to climb off the canvas for the first time in his career, as he was dropped in round eight, but continued to outbox Del Valle throughout the rest of the fight and gained a unanimous decision. Jones then followed with a defense against Otis Grant. He retained the crown by knocking Grant out in ten rounds.

Jones began 1999 by knocking out the WBC number one ranked contender at the time, Rick Frazier. After this, many boxing critics started to criticize Jones for fighting overmatched mandatories who few had ever heard of as well as his steadfast refusal to meet Dariusz Michalczewski in a unification bout. Jones answered these calls on June 5 of that year, when he beat the IBF title holder, Reggie Johnson, by a lop-sided 12-round decision to add that belt to the WBC and WBA belts he already owned in the division. Jones dropped Johnson hard in the second round, but backed off and allowed Reggie to finish the fight.

The year 2000 began with Jones easily beating the hard-punching David Telesco via a 12 round decision on January 15, at Radio City Music Hall to retain his titles. Jones reportedly fractured his wrist a few weeks before this fight and fought almost exclusively one-handed. He entered the ring surrounded by the famous group of dancers, The Rockettes. His next fight was also a first time boxing event for a venue, as he traveled to Indianapolis and retained his title with an 11-round technical knockout over Richard Hall at the Conseco Fieldhouse. A post fight drug test showed that both Jones and Hall tested positive for androstenedione which was available legally over the counter at that time but banned by the IBF. The results of Jones' next two drug tests, which were negative, were sent to the Indiana Boxing Commission. The IBF chose not to take any action against Jones or Hall.[4][5] Jones ended the year with a 10-round stoppage of undefeated Eric Harding in New Orleans.

In 2001, Jones released Round One: The Album, a rap CD. That year he retained the title against Derrick Harmon by a knockout in ten and against future world champion Julio César González of Mexico by a 12-round unanimous decision.

In 2002, Jones retained his title by knocking out Glen Kelly in seven rounds. After this bout, Jones was controversially awarded The Ring Championship belt, despite Dariusz Michalczewski still being regarded as the Lineal champion in the same weight class.[6]

Jones then defeated future world champion Clinton Woods by technical knockout. He performed a song from his CD during his ring entrance.

WBA Heavyweight Champion

On March 1, 2003, in Las Vegas,[7] Roy Jones defeated John Ruiz, the man who defeated an aging Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title. Jones officially weighed in at 193 lb (88 kg)[8] and Ruiz at 226 lb (103 kg). Jones became the first former Middleweight title holder to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years.[9] Jones also became the first fighter to start his career as a light middleweight and win a heavyweight title.[10]

Roy Jones vs. Antonio Tarver

Jones chose to return to the light heavyweight division and on November 8, 2003 he defeated Antonio Tarver to retain The Ring Light Heavyweight Championship and win Tarver's WBC title, as well as the vacant WBA (Super) title.[11] Jones appeared a lot weaker after coming back down to the light heavyweight division, losing the muscle he gained for the heavyweight fight seemed to have taken a toll on his aging body and his cat-like reflexes appeared diminished. Jones won by majority decision, the judges giving him 117–111,116–112 and 114–114.[11]

Fall From Grace

Roy Jones vs. Antonio Tarver II & Roy Jones vs. Glen Johnson

On May 15, 2004, Jones faced Tarver in a rematch. Jones was heavily favored to win, but Tarver knocked him down at 1:41 of the second round. Jones had won the first round (Tarver only landed two punches in the first round), but in the second, as Jones tried a combination, he was caught by a big counter left hook from Tarver. Jones got on his feet by the count, but for the first time in his career was ruled unable to continue by referee Jay Nady.

On September 25, 2004, Jones attempted to win the IBF Light Heavyweight title from Glen Johnson in a match in Memphis, Tennessee.[12] Johnson knocked out Jones 49 seconds into the ninth round. Jones lay on the canvas for three minutes after being counted out.[13] Johnson was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the knockout (77–75, 77–75, 78–74) and had landed 118 punches to Jones's 75. Jones used the ring's canvas that night as a billboard for his upcoming rap CD, which came out November 1.

Roy Jones vs. Antonio Tarver III

After almost a year away from the ring, focusing on training and working as an analyst for HBO Boxing, Jones scheduled a third fight with Antonio Tarver, on October 1, 2005, at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, which aired on HBO PPV. For only the second time in his career, Jones was considered an underdog going into the fight. Tarver won by unanimous decision (117–111, 116–112, 116–112).

Fallout with HBO

After the loss in the third Tarver bout, Jones resumed his duties as a commentator for HBO World Championship Boxing, calling the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Sharmba Mitchell fight on November 19, 2005 and the Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins rematch on December 3, 2005. His return to the network was short lived, as Jones was let go from his ringside analyst role in January 2006. HBO cited his reported lack of commitment to attending the network's production meetings.[citation needed]

Comeback Trail

Back to winning ways

Jones took on Prince Badi Ajamu on July 29, 2006, at the Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. Jones defeated Ajamu by a unanimous decision, winning the WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title.[14]

Next up for Jones was the undefeated Anthony Hanshaw, on July 14, 2007, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. Hanshaw was knocked down in the 11th round.[15] Jones won the bout by unanimous decision.

Roy Jones vs. Félix Trinidad

On January 19, 2008, Jones faced former 147 and 154 pound five-time world champion Félix Trinidad at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout was fought at a catchweight of 170 lbs.[16] Jones had a noticeable size and speed advantage, and in round seven, a short right hand to the temple dropped Trinidad to his knees.[17] Jones fired a combination in the tenth round to send Trinidad down once more.[18] Jones won the fight by scores of 117–109 and 116–110 (twice).[19] This was the first time a former Heavyweight Champion returned to fight successfully at 170 lbs.

Roy Jones vs. Joe Calzaghe

After Joe Calzaghe's split from promoter Frank Warren, it was officially announced that Roy Jones Jr. and Joe Calzaghe had reached an agreement to fight for the The Ring Light Heavyweight Championship in New York City at Madison Square Garden on September 20, 2008 on HBO PPV. However, Calzaghe claimed injury to his right hand in training, so the fight had to be postponed a couple of weeks, with November 8 being set as the new date. Calzaghe was knocked down by an accidental forearm and cut on the bridge of the nose in the first round. Calzaghe resumed control almost immediately and dominated Jones throughout the remainder of the fight. Calzaghe toyed with Jones and mocked him from the center of the ring, daring Jones to try and hit him and then countering with fast combinations. The Welshman opened a cut over Jones' left eye. Jones' corner, who had never seen Roy cut before, didn't know how to properly handle the situation. Blood covered the left side of Jones' face. Ultimately, Jones lost by unanimous decision, winning only one round (10-8 in the first) on the 3 official judges cards.

Recent fights (2009)

Jones defeated Omar Sheika on March 21, 2009, via fifth-round technical knockout. Sheika had previously defeated Glen Johnson, who had knocked out Jones in 2004. On August 15, 2009, Jones beat former Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy in 10 rounds after Lacy's corner stopped the fight. Lacy had never been knocked out or stopped before.

In December 2009, Roy Jones was set to face Australian boxer Danny Green in Sydney, Australia. In the weeks leading up to this fight, there were reports in the newspapers indicating difficulties getting Roy's sparring partners into Australia.[20] Then on December 2, 2009, following an extensive pre-fight delay due to hand wrap protests, Danny Green defeated Jones in a first round TKO.

Roy Jones vs. Bernard Hopkins II

Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins met in a rematch bout, on April 3, 2010 in Las Vegas. After going the distance, Hopkins was awarded with a unanimous decision.

Roy Jones vs. Denis Lebedev

On May 21, Jones travelled to Russia to face Denis Lebedev, who had just come off a controversial split decision loss to Marco Huck. Weighing in at 198 lbs, Jones looked slow and old. Despite this, he gave a decent showing and was heading for at least a majority decision loss at the beginning of the 10th round. However, with less than 20 seconds remaining, Lebedev landed a big right followed by an uppercut. Jones, having bent down holding his head and in no position to continue, was then hit by a final big right hand as Steve Smoger hesitated to stop the fight. Jones lay on the canvas for several minutes before getting up.

Roy Jones vs. Max Alexander

Jones won a 10-round unanimous decision against Max Alexander on December 10, 2011 in Atlanta, snapping a three-match losing streak, and winning the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship.

Roy Jones vs. Paweł Głażewski

Jones was supposed to face Dawid Kostecki in a ten round bout at Atlas Arena, Poland on June 30th. Days before the fight, Kostecki was convicted of being the ringleader of a criminal organization and was thrown in jail.[21] Paweł Głażewski stepped in to fight Jones instead. Jones defeated the 17-0 Głażewski by split decision. Jones was knocked down in round six. Many felt Głażewski deserved the decision in a close fight.[22] Polish TV scored the fight 97-94 for Głażewski.

Roy Jones vs. Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf

On December 21, 2013, Jones defeated Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf by unanimous decision for the vacant WBU Cruiserweight title at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye in Moscow, Russia. The judges scored the bout 120-108, 119-109 and 118-111.[23]

Professional boxing record

59 Wins (42 knockouts, 17 decisions), 8 Losses (4 knockouts, 3 decisions, 1 disqualification), 0 Draws[24]
Res.RecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Win59–8Egypt Hany AtiyoKO1 (12), 1:152014-09-26Russia Basket-Hall, Krasnodar, RussiaRetained WBU (German version) Cruiserweight title.
Win58–8United Kingdom Courtney FryTKO5 (12), 3:002014-07-26Latvia Kipsala Exhibition Centre, Riga, LatviaRetained WBU (German version) Cruiserweight title.
Win57–8France Zine Eddine BenmakhloufUD122013-12-21Russia Krylatskoe Sport Palace, Moscow, RussiaWon vacant WBU (German version) Cruiserweight title.
Win56–8Poland Paweł GłażewskiSD102012-06-30Poland Atlas Arena, Łódź, Poland
Win55–8United States Max AlexanderUD102011-12-10United States Civic Center, Atlanta, GeorgiaWon vacant UBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title.
Loss54–8Russia Denis LebedevKO10 (10), 2:582011-05-21Russia Krylatskoe Sport Palace, Moscow
Loss54–7United States Bernard HopkinsUD122010-04-03United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss54–6Australia Danny GreenTKO1 (12), 2:022009-12-02Australia Acer Arena, Sydney, New South WalesFor IBO Cruiserweight title.
Win54–5United States Jeff LacyRTD10 (12), 3:002009-08-15United States Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MississippiRetained WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title.
Win53–5United States Omar SheikaTKO5 (12), 1:452009-03-21United States Civic Center, Pensacola, FloridaWon vacant WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title.
Loss52–5United Kingdom Joe CalzagheUD122008-11-08United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkFor The Ring Light Heavyweight title.
Win52–4Puerto Rico Félix TrinidadUD122008-01-19United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkFight at 170-pound catch weight.
Win51–4United States Anthony HanshawUD122007-07-14United States Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MississippiWon vacant IBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win50–4United States Prince Badi AjamuUD122006-07-29United States Qwest Arena, Boise, IdahoWon WBO NABO Light Heavyweight title.
Loss49–4United States Antonio TarverUD122005-10-01United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FloridaFor The Ring, IBO & vacant NBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Loss49–3Jamaica Glen JohnsonKO9 (12), 0:482004-09-25United States FedEx Forum, Memphis, TennesseeFor IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Loss49–2United States Antonio TarverTKO2 (12), 1:412004-05-15United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaLost WBC, WBA (Super), IBO, IBA & The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
For vacant WBF & vacant NBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win49–1United States Antonio TarverMD122003-11-08United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained The Ring & IBO Light Heavyweight titles.
Won WBC & vacant WBA (Super) Light Heavyweight titles.
Win48–1United States John RuizUD122003-03-01United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, NevadaWon WBA Heavyweight title.
Win47–1United Kingdom Clinton WoodsTKO6 (12), 1:292002-09-07United States Rose Garden, Portland, OregonRetained WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, NBA, WBF, IBA &
The Ring Light Heavyweight titles.
Win46–1Australia Glen KellyKO7 (12), 1:552002-02-02United States American Airlines Arena, Miami, FloridaRetained WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, IBO, NBA, WBF & IBA
Light Heavyweight titles. Won vacant The Ring Light Heavyweight title.
Win45–1Mexico Julio César GonzálezUD122001-07-28United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, CaliforniaRetained WBC, WBA (Super), IBF, IBO & NBA
Light Heavyweight titles. Won WBF & vacant IBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win44–1United States Derrick HarmonRTD10 (12), 3:002001-02-24United States Ice Palace, Tampa, FloridaRetained WBC, WBA (Super), IBF & IBO Light Heavyweight titles.
Won NBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win43–1United States Eric HardingRTD10 (12), 3:002000-09-09United States New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LouisianaRetained WBC, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight titles.
Won IBO Light Heavyweight title.
Win42–1Jamaica Richard HallTKO11 (12), 1:412000-05-13United States Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IndianaRetained WBC, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight titles.
Win41–1United States David TelescoUD122000-01-15United States Radio City Music Hall, New York, New YorkRetained WBC, WBA & IBF Light Heavyweight titles.
Win40–1United States Reggie JohnsonUD121999-06-05United States Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi, MississippiRetained WBC & WBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Won IBF Light Heavyweight title.
Win39–1United States Richard FrazierTKO2 (12), 2:591999-01-09United States Civic Center, Pensacola, FloridaRetained WBC & WBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win38–1Jamaica Otis GrantTKO10 (12), 1:181998-11-14United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, ConnecticutRetained WBC & WBA Light Heavyweight titles.
Win37–1United States Lou Del ValleUD121998-07-18United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Won WBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win36–1United States Virgil HillKO4 (12), 1:101998-04-25United States Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, Mississippi
Win35–1United States Montell GriffinKO1 (12), 2:311997-08-07United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, ConnecticutWon WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Loss34–1United States Montell GriffinDQ9 (12), 2:271997-03-21United States Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New JerseyLost WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Disqualified for hitting a downed opponent.
Win34–0Jamaica Mike McCallumUD121996-11-22United States Ice Palace, Tampa, FloridaWon interim WBC Light Heavyweight title.
Win33–0United States Bryant BrannonTKO2 (12), 2:231996-10-04United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New YorkRetained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win32–0Canada Eric LucasRTD11 (12), 3:001996-06-15United States Coliseum, Jacksonville, FloridaRetained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win31–0Dominican Republic Merqui SosaTKO2 (12), 2:361996-01-12United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Win30–0United States Tony ThorntonTKO3 (12), 0:451995-09-30United States Civic Center, Pensacola, FloridaRetained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win29–0United States Vinny PazienzaTKO6 (12), 2:581995-06-24United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New JerseyRetained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win28–0United States Antoine ByrdTKO1 (12), 2:061995-03-18United States Civic Center, Pensacola, FloridaRetained IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win27–0United States James ToneyUD121994-11-18United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaWon IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win26–0United States Thomas TateTKO2 (12), 0:301994-05-27United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NevadaRetained IBF Middleweight title.
Win25–0Puerto Rico Danny GarciaKO6 (10), 2:591994-03-22United States U of West Florida Field House, Pensacola, Florida
Win24–0Venezuela Fermin ChirinoUD101993-11-30United States Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
Win23–0South Africa Thulani MalingaKO6 (10), 1:571993-08-14United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Win22–0United States Bernard HopkinsUD121993-05-22United States RFK Stadium, Washington, District of ColumbiaWon vacant IBF Middleweight title.
Win21–0United States Glenn WolfeTKO1 (10), 2:231993-02-13United States Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win20–0United States Percy HarrisTKO4 (12), 3:001992-12-05United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New JerseyWon vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight title.
Win19–0United States Glenn ThomasTKO8 (10), 3:001992-08-18United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida
Win18–0Argentina Jorge CastroUD101992-06-30United States Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
Win17–0Uganda Art SerwanoKO1 (10), 1:401992-04-03United States Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada
Win16–0Mexico Jorge VacaKO1 (10), 1:451992-01-10United States Paramount Theatre, New York, New York
Win15–0United States Lester YarbroughKO8 (10)1991-08-31United States Interstate Fairgrounds, Pensacola, Florida
Win14–0United States Kevin DaigleTKO2 (10)1991-08-03United States Interstate Fairgrounds, Pensacola, Florida
Win13–0United States Eddie EvansTKO3 (10)1991-04-13United States Pensacola, Florida
Win12–0United States Ricky StackhouseKO1 (10), 0:461991-01-31United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida
Win11–0United States Reggie MillerTKO5 (10)1990-11-08United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida
Win10–0United States Rollin WilliamsKO4 (10), 2:561990-09-25United States Pensacola, Florida
Win9–0United States Tony WaddlesKO1 (10), 2:021990-07-14United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida
Win8–0United States Ron JohnsonKO2 (10), 2:281990-05-11United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida
Win7–0United States Knox BrownTKO3 (10), 2:201990-03-28United States Interstate Fairgrounds, Pensacola, Florida
Win6–0United States Billy MitchemTKO2 (8), 2:571990-02-28United States Interstate Fairgrounds, Pensacola, Florida
Win5–0United States Joe EdensKO2 (8)1990-01-08United States County Fairgrounds, Mobile, Alabama
Win4–0United States David McCluskeyTKO3 (8), 2:001989-11-30United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida
Win3–0United States Ron AmundsenTKO7 (8), 2:431989-09-03United States Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
Win2–0United States Stephan JohnsonTKO8 (8), 2:041989-06-11United States Trump Plaza Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win1–0United States Ricky RandallTKO2 (8), 2:461989-05-06United States Bayfront Auditorium, Pensacola, Florida

Titles in boxing

Major World Titles:

Minor World Titles:

The Ring/Lineal Championship Titles:

Regional/International Titles:

Personal life

Roy Jones, Jr., was born in Pensacola, Florida,[25] to two very different parents. His mother, Carol, was warm and easy-going, whereas his father, Roy Sr., was much like a Marine Drill Instructor with respect to his son. A decorated Vietnam veteran, ex-club fighter and retired aircraft engineer who had taken up hog farming, Roy Sr. was hard on his son from early on, taunting the child, "sparring" with him, enraging Roy Jr., yelling at him and beating the child, often for 20 minutes at a time. This behavior never really changed; if anything it became more brutal as Roy Jr. grew up. Many people would call the father's treatment out-and-out abuse, but he believed he had a good reason for it: to make Roy Jr. tough enough to be a champion. In this pursuit, he was relentless and Roy Jr. lived in constant fear of his father's verbal and physical violence against him.[citation needed]

Jones described his childhood in Sports Illustrated: "After a while I didn't care about gettin' hurt or dyin' anymore. I was in pain all day, every day, I was so scared of my father. He'd pull up in his truck and start lookin' for something I'd done wrong. There was no escape, no excuse, no way out of nothin'. ... Getting' hurt or dyin' might've been better than the life I was livin'. ... Used to think about killin' myself anyway."

Roy Sr. ran his own boxing gym, to which he devoted all his available time and financial resources. He offered direction and useful discipline to numerous youths and steered many of them away from trouble. Roy Sr. did everything possible to expand the program and help more kids. But towards his own son he was merciless, driving Roy Jr. to the brink of exhaustion, screaming at him in front of all the other fighters, assaulting him.

Using his birds as an image for his own predicament, Jones said in the same Sports Illustrated piece: "I spent all my life in my dad's cage. I could never be 100 percent of who I am until I left it. But because of him, nothing bothers me. I'll never face anything stronger and harder than what I already have."

Former Heavyweight Champion George Foreman said Jones, "hits like a heavyweight and moves like a lightweight."

Boxer Montell Griffin, who faced Jones twice at 175 lbs and sparred with Floyd Mayweather Jr. at 140 lbs said, "Floyd was no comparison as far as speed. Roy was much faster."

In 1996, High Frequency Boxing's John DiMaio wrote "The early evidence points toward the real possibility that Jones is the greatest talent this sport has ever seen. His skill so dwarfs that of his nearest ranked opposition...that providing competitive opponents is a more challenging dilemma than the fights themselves." The expert opinion of Boxing magazine's editor, Bert Sugar, is provided on Jones' website: "He possesses the fastest hands in boxing with lightning fast moves and explosive power in both hands." After Mike MacCallum lost the World Boxing Council light heavyweight crown to Roy Jones in a 1996 unanimous decision, he called Jones "the greatest fighter of all time."

Awards

Selected Awards: Ring Sports Magazine—1993 Fighter of the Year; 1995 Man of the Year; 1996 Sportsman of the Year. Ring, Boxing Illustrated, and Boxing Scene magazines—1994 Fighter of the Year. International Boxing Federation—1995 Fighter of the Year and 1995 Fighter of Unlimited Potential. ESPN ESPY Award—1995 Boxer of the Year. The Sports Network-Boxer of the Decade. Boxing Illustrated's Budweiser ratings, June 1995 onward—Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World. March of Dimes—1995 Honorary Chairman. KO—1996 Best Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and 1996 Best Fighter in the World. Congress of Racial Equality—1996 Outstanding Achievement Award. American Association for the Improvement of Boxing (the Marciano Foundation)--1996 Humanitarian of the Year. Boxing 1996—Best Pound-for Pound Fighter in the World. Harlem Globetrotters—Honorary Ambassador of Goodwill (1997). Escambia-Pensacola Human Relations Commission—1997 Olive Branch Award, for humanitarianism.

Music career

Roy Jones, Jr.
Birth nameRoy Lavesta Jones, Jr.
Born(1969-01-16) January 16, 1969 (age 45)
OriginPensacola, Florida, United States
GenresHip hop, Southern Hip Hop, Crunk, Dirty South
Occupation(s)Boxer, rapper, actor, promoter, sports commentator
Years active2001–present
LabelsBody Head Entertainment

Jones started his rap music career in 2001 with his album, titled Round One: The Album and the debut single, "You all Must've Forgot". In 2004, Jones formed a group – Body Head Bangerz and released an album. The album, Body Head Bangerz: Volume One, featured B.G., Juvenile, Bun B of UGK, Petey Pablo, Lil' Flip and Mike Jones among others.

Discography

Album

Album information
Round One: The Album

With Body Head Bangerz

Album information
Body Head Bangerz: Volume One

Solo singles

Featured singles

Filmography

References

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  6. ^ http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/boxing/lheavy.htm
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  12. ^ HBO: Boxing: All Fights : Upcoming
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External links

Awards
Preceded by
Inaugural Award
BWAA Fighter of the Decade
1990–1999
Succeeded by
Manny Pacquiao
Preceded by
Michael Carbajal
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Preceded by
George Foreman
Best Boxer ESPY Award
1996
Succeeded by
Evander Holyfield
Preceded by
Oscar De La Hoya
Best Boxer ESPY Award
2000
Succeeded by
Felix Trinidad
Preceded by
Lennox Lewis
Best Boxer ESPY Award
2003
Succeeded by
Antonio Tarver
Achievements
Preceded by
James Toney
Vacated
IBF Middleweight Champion
May 25, 1993 –1994
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by
James Toney
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
November 18, 1994 – 1997
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Charles Brewer
Preceded by
Fabrice Tiozzo
Vacated
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
November 22, 1996 – March 21, 1997
Initially interim title
Succeeded by
Montell Griffin
Preceded by
Montell Griffin
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
August 07, 1997–2002
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Antonio Tarver
Preceded by
Lou Del Valle
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
July 18, 1998 – December 12, 2001
Promoted
Succeeded by
Bruno Girard
as Regular champion
Preceded by
Reggie Johnson
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
June 5, 1999 – September 7, 2002
Succeeded by
Vacancy filled by
Antonio Tarver
Preceded by
N/A
Inaugural champion
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
Super title

December 12, 2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Himself
Title reinstated
Preceded by
John Ruiz
WBA Heavyweight Champion
March 1, 2003 – February 20, 2004
Succeeded by
John Ruiz
Interim champion elevated
Preceded by
Antonio Tarver
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
Nov 08 2003 – May 15, 2004
Succeeded by
Antonio Tarver
Preceded by
Himself
Title reinstated
WBA Light Heavyweight Super Champion
Nov 08 2003 – May 15, 2004
Preceded by
Michael Spinks
Vacated
The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion
2002 – May 15, 2004