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Roy Jones Jr
Roy Jones Jr.
Jones in 2012
Statistics
Real name Roy Levesta Jones Jr.
Nickname(s)
  • Junior
  • Superman
  • RJ
  • Captain Hook
Weight(s)
  • Middleweight
  • Super middleweight
  • Light heavyweight
  • Cruiserweight
  • Heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Citizenship
  • American
  • Russian
Birthday/Birthplace (1969-01-16) January 16, 1969
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 74
Wins 65
Wins by KO 47
Losses 9

Medal record

Men’s amateur boxing
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
1988 Seoul Light middleweight

Roy Levesta Jones, Jr. (Pensacola, Florida, United States, January 16, 1969), better known as Roy Jones, Jr. , is a boxer , rapper and American actor. As a professional, he has won numerous world titles in middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a super-weightweight (154 pounds) and move on to win a heavyweight title.

Jones made 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” of the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Roy Jones Jr’s Biography

Amateur

He had a successful career as an amateur boxer. He won the Junior National Olympics of the United States in 1984 in the 54 kilogram category, the national golden gloves in the 63 kilogram category in 1986 and the national gold gloves in the 71 kilogram category in 1987. However, he lost by decision before Gerald McClellan, who became champion of the World Boxing Organization and the World Boxing Council in the middleweight in the 90s. He ended his amateur career with a record of 121-13.

In 1988 he represented his country at the Olympic Games in Seoul 1988, where he won the silver medal. On the way to the final, he dominated all the rivals but in a controversial decision he lost in it by decision (3-2) against the South Korean boxer, Park Si-Hun who threw 32 hits for the 86 of Jones.

A jury thereafter admitted that the decision was an error and in an official investigation of the International Olympic Committee concluded in 1997 found the three judges guilty of error in the decision and the Korean gold was withdrawn and giving it to Jones who also received the Val Baker award for the best boxing style in the 1988 games.

Professional

Jones, who in his youth shared a gym with great boxers such as NABF champion Ronnie Essett, IBF world champion Lindell Holmes and historic Sugar Ray Leonard, turned professional on May 6, 1989, knocking out Ricky Randall in two rounds at the Bayfornt Auditorium in his hometown of Pensacola; in his second fight he faced the experienced Stephan Johnson in Atlantic City, knocking him out in the eighth round.

In three years he had a 15-0 record with 15 knockouts before gaining weight, he faced former welterweight world champion Jorge Vaca in a fight on January 10, 1992, knocked out Vaca in the first round and raised his knockout mark to 16. Prior to one more knockout, Jones faced the future WBA middleweight world champion, Jorge Locomotora Castro, winning in 10 rounds.

He knocked out three other fighters before he was given the opportunity to fight for a world title for the first time. On May 22, 1993 he was challenged by the vacant IBF middleweight title against Bernard Hopkins winning by unanimous decision in Washington DC, winning the IBF middleweight world title, the three judges scored 116-112 cards for Jones. For his next fight he faced the future WBC super middleweight champion, Thulane “Sugar Boy” Malinga, in a fight without the title at stake, Jones knocked out Malinga in the sixth round. He finished the year with another fight without the title in play against Fermin Chirino winning by decision.

In 1994 he began fighting against the powerful contender Danny “Popeye” Garcia winning by knockout in another fight without the title at stake, retaining the title for the first time against Thomas Tate by knockout in the 2nd round in Las Vegas on May 27 for after that fight leave the middleweight title vacant to rise to the super middleweight category. On November 19 he faced the IBF super middleweight champion undefeated James Toney, this undefeated match was expected to be one of the most fought in history, but it was the opposite, since the third round Jones takes full control of the fight, Jones despite not being able to knock down Toney, wins by decision and taking over the IBF’s super middleweight title, ends the year with a victory in the rematch with Tate by knockout in the sixth round.

In 1995 he defends the title of the IBF super middlemen three times, first against Antoine Byrd by knockout in the first round, against the champion of the super middleweight of the International Boxing Council, the Italian-American Vinny Pazienza whom he defeated by knockout knockout in the sixth round and Tony Thornton by knockout in the second round.

1996 to 2002

Roy Jones, Jr. with Don King after the victory against Felix Trinidad.

In 1996, Jones continued his winning streak by beating Merqui Sosa by knockout in the second round, then exhibiting his title to future world champion Eric Lucas by knockout in round 11, then followed by another defense against Bryant Brannont by knockout in the third episode to then leave the super middleweight title to move to the light heavyweight category. He faced multiple world champion and eventual Hall of Famer Mike McCallum for the vacant WBC light heavyweight world title defeating him by decision in 12 rounds, so Jones joined the exclusive group of boxers who have been able to win a title in 3 different weights .

In 1997 Jones exposed his light heavyweight title against Montell Griffin suffering his first professional loss by disqualification, Jones leading the fight in until the ninth round but beating him once Griffin fell, but 10 months later Jones has his revenge and knocks out Griffin in the 1st round, regaining his title.

In 1998 Jones starts beating future Cruiserweight World Champion Virgil Hill by knocking him out in 4 rounds in a bout without the title at stake in Biloxi, Mississippi, where heavy hand-to-hand combat is expected, but it was a big victory for Jones number 35 of his career, then Jones won his world title number 5 by defeating the Puerto Rican Lou Del Valle by decision in 12 rounds winning the light heavyweight title of the WBA unifying the light heavyweight titles of the WBC and the WBA, then defending his title against Otis Grant by knockout in the 10th round.

In 1999, Jones begins by exposing his title to Richard Frazier, winning by knockout in the 2 round, then Jones exposes his WBC and WBA light heavyweight titles against Reggie Johnson and the latter exposed his light heavyweight IBF title, Jones wins by decision in twelfth round in one of his best fights and winning his 6th world title.

In 2000, Jones began exposing his belts against David Telesco, winning by decision in twelfth round, returned to defend his titles against Richard Hall winning by knockout in the eleventh round, then Jones exposed his belts before Eric Harding and the latter he exposed his IBO light heavyweight title, winning Jones by knockout in the tenth round.

In 2001, Jones began the year exposing his titles against Derrick Harmon and this exposed his light heavyweight title of the NBA, Jones wins by knockout in the eleventh round, then Jones exposed his titles to Julio Cesar Gonzales and the latter exposed his WBF light heavyweight title and in addition the winner would take the vacant IBA light heavyweight title, Jones won by decision in 12 rounds.

In 2002 Jones defended his titles twice, first against Glen Kelly, winning by knockout in the twelfth round, then with Clinton Woods winning by sixth round knockout, then moving up to the heavyweight category.

Heavyweight champion

On March 1, 2003, Jones faced John Ruiz for the vacant WBA heavyweight title, winning by unanimous decision in 12 rounds winning his 7th world title, after that underweight to retain the IBO and WBC light heavyweight titles against Antonio Tarver winning by decision in 12 rounds.

Decline

In 2004 came the great fall of Jones, first tries to retain six light heavyweight titles of the IBA, IBO, NBA, WBA, WBC and WBF against his last opponent Antonio Tarver, the boxing world is surprised when Jones is defeated by knockout in the second assault against Tarver losing much of their belts, months later seeks to retain his IBF light heavyweight title against Glen Johnson, failing again being knocked out in the ninth round and losing all his light heavyweight belts.

Recovery

On October 1, 2005, Jones was trying to recover his IBO and NBA light heavyweight titles against Antonio Tarver, in a memorable bout, Jones and Tarver exchanged blows in each round, but Tarver is the one to knock down Jones. On one occasion, Tarver’s strong and effective blows make him win by decision and keep his titles.

Jones returned after his second loss to Tarver and third consecutive by winning the IBC and NABO light heavyweight title against Prince Babi Ajamu and Anthony Hanshaw winning by decision. On January 19, 2008, he defeats Felix Trinidad by decision. On November 8, 2008 Roy Jones lost at the hands of Joe Calzaghe in a fight with the title The Ring in the light heavyweight division. Jones finished the match with a shattered and bloody eyebrow. In March 2009, he returned to a ring in his hometown, Pensacola, to defeat Omar Sheika by technical knockout.

Roy Jones Jr Net Worth – $20 Million

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