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'''Trainers:'''  [[Roy Jones Sr.]], [[Alton Merkerson]]<br>
 
'''Trainers:'''  [[Roy Jones Sr.]], [[Alton Merkerson]]<br>
'''Managers:'''  [[Fred Levin]], [[Stanley Levin]], and himself<br>
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'''Managers:'''  [[Fred Levin]], [[Stanley Levin]], himself<br>
 
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== Amateur Highlights ==
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== Amateur Career ==
[[Image:Jones_88.jpg|right|275px|thumb|<center>Jones after winning a bout at the 1988 Olympics</center>]]
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[[File:1988-seoul-olympics-roy-jones-jr.jpg|right|250px|thumb|Jones at the 1988 Seoul Olympics]]
 
*Record: 121-13
 
*Record: 121-13
*1986 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion (defeated [[Victor Levine]] in the final)
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*1984 National Junior Olympics Bantamweight Champion.
*1986 Goodwill Games Light Welterweight Bronze Medalist in Moscow, Russia (lost a 4-1 decision to [[Igor Ruzhnikov]])
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*1986 National [[Golden Gloves]] Light Welterweight Champion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Defeated [[Victor Levine]] on points in the finals.
*1987 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Champion
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*1986 Goodwill Games Light Welterweight Bronze Medalist in Moscow, Russia. Lost a 4-1 decision to Igor Ruzhnikov of the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
*1987 Junior World Championships (lost a 4-1 decision to light middleweight [[Andy Liebing]])
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*1987 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Champion in Knoxville, Tennessee. Defeated [[Ray McElroy]] on points in the finals.
*1988 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Bronze Medalist (lost a decision to [[Gerald McClellan]])
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*1987 Junior World Championships participant at light middleweight in Havana, Cuba. Lost a 4-1 decision to Andy Liebing of East Germany in the preliminaries.
*1988 U.S. Olympic Trials (defeated [[Frankie Liles]] twice to become the U.S. Olympic light middleweight representative)
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*1988 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Bronze Medalist in Omaha, Nebraska. Lost a 5-0 decision to [[Gerald McClellan]] in the semifinals.
*Light Middleweight Silver Medalist for the United States at the 1988 [[Olympics]] in Seoul, South Korea  
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*1988 U.S. [[Olympics|Olympic]] Trials winner at light middleweight in Concord, California. Defeated [[Frankie Liles]] by a 3-2 decision in the finals.
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*1988 U.S. Olympic Box-Offs winner at light middleweight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Defeated Frankie Liles by a 3-2 decision.
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*1988 Olympic Light Middleweight Silver Medalist in Seoul, South Korea. Results:
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**Round of 32: Bye
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**Round of 16: Defeated M'tendere Makalamba (Malawi) KO 1
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**Round of 8: Defeated Michal Franek (Czechoslovakia) 5-0
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**Quarterfinals: Defeated [[Evgeni Zaytsev]] (Soviet Union) 5-0
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**Semifinals: Defeated [[Richie Woodhall]] (Great Britain) 5-0
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**Finals: Lost to [[Park Si-Hun]] (South Korea) 2-3
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**Awarded the [[Val Barker]] Trophy as the best boxer of the Olympics.
  
'''Olympic Results'''
 
*1st round bye
 
*Defeated [[M'tendere Makalamba]] (Malawi) RSC 1
 
*Defeated [[Michal Franek]] (Czechoslovakia) 5-0
 
*Defeated [[Evgeni Zaytsev]] (Soviet Union) 5-0 ''(name also given as Alexander Zaitsev by some sources)''
 
*Defeated [[Richie Woodhall]] (Great Britain) 5-0
 
*Lost to [[Park Si-Hun]] (South Korea) 3-2
 
*Awarded the [[Val Barker]] Trophy as the best boxer of the Olympics
 
  
The loss to Park Si-Hun was very controversial. Many believe it was revenge for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where 36 of the 37 decisions went to U.S. boxers.<br>
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===1988 Olympic Controversy===
The controversy from the Jones-Park bout led to a change in Olympic boxing scoring.  
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{| {{punchstatstable-r}}
[[File:Jones-Park2.jpg|right|350px|thumb|<center>Park Si-Hun being awarded the win over Jones</center>]]
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|+ '''CompuBox Punchstats'''
*'''First Round'''
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|- {{pstable-bg1}}
**Jones: 20 of 85
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! Round One || Jones || Park
**Park: 3 of 38
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*'''Second Round
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| Landed || 20 || 3
**Jones: 30 of 98
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**Park: 15 of 71
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| Thrown || 85 || 38
*'''Third Round'''
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|- {{pstable-bg1}}
**Jones: 36 of 120
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! Round Two || Jones || Park
**Park: 14 of 79
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*'''Total'''
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| Landed || 30 || 15
**Jones: 86 of 303
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**Park: 32 of 188
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| Thrown || 98 || 71
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! Round Three || Jones || Park
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| Landed || 36 || 14
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|-
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| Thrown || 120 || 79
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|- {{pstable-bg1}}
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! Total || Jones || Park
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| Landed || 86 || 32
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|-
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| Thrown || 303 || 188
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|-
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| Percent || 28% || 17%
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|}
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[[File:Jones-Park 84186469.jpg|right|350px|thumb|Jones lands a left against Park Si-Hun]]
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[[File:Jones-Park2.jpg|right|350px|thumb|Park Si-Hun being declared the winner against Jones]]
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Jones' gold medal match against South Korean Park Si-Hun at the 1988 Seoul Olympics was very controversial. Jones dominated from start to finish, but Park was awarded a 3-2 decision win.
  
== Awards & Recognition ==
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The five judges assigned to the bout were Zaut Gvadjava of the Soviet Union, Sandor Pajar of Hungary, Alberto Duran of Uruguay, Hiduad Larbi of Morocco, and Bob Kasule of Uganda.
*Named  [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] by [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring]] in 1994.
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*Ranked as the [[:Image:Sc00064da5.jpg|#1 Pound-for-Pound Boxer of All-Time]] in the Nov./Dec. 1997 issue of [[Boxing Illustrated|''International Boxing Digest'']].
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*His victory on [[Roy Jones Jr. vs. Virgil Hill|April 25, 1998]] over [[Virgil Hill]] was named ''The Ring'' [[Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year|Knockout of the Year]].
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*Voted [[:Image:Jonesdecade.jpg|Fighter of the Decade]] for the 1990s by the [[Boxing Writers Association of America]].
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*Named [[WBHOF: Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] by the [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]] in 2003.
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== Regional & Minor Titles ==
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Pajar and Gvadjava scored the bout 60-56 for Jones, while Duran and Larbi had it 59-58 for Park. Kasule called the bout a draw, 59-59, but awarded the gold medal to Park for "aggressiveness," though the South Korean had spent most of the fight in retreat.
*[[WBC]] Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title (1992)
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*[[IBO]] Light Heavyweight Title (2000)
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*[[National Boxing Association II|NBA]] Light Heavyweight Title (2001)
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*[[WBF]] Light Heavyweight Title (2001)
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*[[IBA]] Light Heavyweight Title (2001)
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*[[WBO]] [[NABO]] Light Heavyweight Title (2006)
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*[[IBC]] Light Heavyweight Title (2007)
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== Biography ==
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After the bout, Larbi allegedly said: "The American won easily. So easily, in fact, that I was positive my four fellow judges would score the fight for the American by a wide margin. So I voted for the Korean to make the score only 4-1 for the American and not embarrass the host nation."
[[Image:Jones_belts.jpg|left|225px|thumb|Jones with his many championship belts]]
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Roy Jones Jr. is a man who defies definition: a six-time world champion boxer in four different weight classes, a boxing promoter, a minor league professional basketball player, a recording artist, a music manager, and a television and motion picture actor. In short, Roy Jones Jr. is a renaissance man for his era and a legend for eras to come.
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Larbi later said: "I am aware of the comments attributed to me by various press bodies, and I dispute every point of these."
  
=== Amateur Career ===
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Many felt the decision in favor of Park was payback for the American boxing team's dominance at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where American boxers won 37 of 38 decisions. The South Koreans were particularly incensed by the 4-1 decision American [[Jerry Page]] received against South Korean Kim Dong Kil. Kim Eung Youn, president of the South Korean Boxing Federation, threatened to pull his team out of the competition and reminded the Americans that they would be fighting in Seoul in four years, implying that the roles would be reversed.  
Jones had his first amateur bout in 1979 at the age of 10. He was outweighed by 69 pounds, but gave his opponent a sound beating. Jones went on to win two National Golden Gloves titles and 121 of 134 amateur bouts.
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After the Jones-Park bout, the United States Amateur Boxing Federation unsuccessfully filed an appeal with the International Amateur Boxing Association. AIBA president Anwar Chowdhry said the appeal was dismissed because it was not filed within thirty minutes of the fight, in accordance with Olympic boxing regulations. But even if the appeal had been filed on time, it would not have been entertained for lack of evidence, Chowdhry said.  
  
The pinnacle of Jones's amateur career was the 1988 Seoul Olympics. After a first round bye, Jones dominated his next four opponents to reach the light middleweight final, where he was matched against [[Park Si-Hun]] of South Korea. Jones put on a dazzling display against Park and clearly won all three rounds. Before the decision was announced, [[Ferdie Pacheco]], who was doing commentary for NBC, said, "If Roy loses here, there's something rotten in Korea." People were stunned when Park was awarded a 3-2 decision and the Olympic Gold Medal.
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On March 19, 1989, the AIBA suspended five judges for what was described by Chowdhry as "poor officiating." Duran, Kasule and Larbi were among the five. Chowdhry said: "We have to punish these officials for contravening the regulations during the Olympic boxing tournament in Seoul."  
  
"It was a terrible thing," said Hiouad Larbi of Morocco, one of the judges who voted for Park. "The American won easily: so easily, in fact, that I was positive my four fellow judges would score the fight for the American by a wide margin. So I voted for the Korean to make the score only 4-1 for the American and not embarrass the host country."
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Due to the controversy of the Jones-Park bout, the scoring system for Olympic boxing was changed. The 20-point must system was replaced with electronic scoring, which was introduced at the 1989 World Championships.  
  
Despite the loss, Jones was awarded the Val Barker Trophy, given to the Games' outstanding boxer.  
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In 1996, Andrew Jennings, a British journalist, claimed to have documents from the former East German secret police, the Stasi, which showed that boxing matches at the 1988 Seoul Olympics were rigged by judges.
  
=== Professional Career ===
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While the documents do not specifically cite Jones' controversial loss to Park, Jennings believed the evidence was clear. "I think it's a safe assumption Jones' was one of the bribed fights," said Jennings.
On May 6, 1989, fighting before a hometown crowd in Pensacola, Jones [[Fight:3427|stopped]] [[Ricky Randall]] in the second round. This time, when he stepped from the ring, instead of a medal, they handed him a check. "I loved fighting," Jones said. "I just figured it was time I started getting paid to do it."
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His record grew quickly: four wins in 1989, seven in 1990, four more in 1991, and another five in 1992. Only one of his 20 victories went the distance. All but four of the wins came in Pensacola, a fact hammered by a small army of critics. Ignoring the cries for him to fight tougher opponents in larger arenas, Jones steadily honed the skills that would make him the best fighter in the world.
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Jennings said East German Karl-Heinz Wehr, secretary general of the International Amateur Boxing Association, routinely reported to the East German secret police, known as Stasi.
  
"I know where I am going and no one is going to hurry my getting there before I am ready," he told a small circle of friends. On the night of May 22, 1993, Jones fought for his first world title. By then, he had tested his tremendous skill against former world champion [[Jorge Vaca]] (49-8-1), future world champion [[Jorge Fernando Castro]] (70-3-2) and young prospect [[Glenn Thomas]] (24-0).  
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"They did not miss a chance to try to corrupt or influence me," Wuhr wrote in the secret Stasi files. "They [the host nation] repeatedly attempted to persuade me to take back my decisions punishing judges they seemed to have an interest in. There were always judges prepared to declare a South Korean boxer victor, even if this was completely ludicrous."
  
Jones fought [[Bernard Hopkins]], who had a 22-1 record, in Washington, D.C. for the vacant IBF middleweight championship. Jones boxed his way to a 12-round unanimous decision: all three judges scored the fight 116-112.
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He alleged bribes had been paid to several unnamed judges, including three from Africa and one from South America and felt the "manipulation" went high up into the executive of AIBA. Aldo Leoni, who refereed the Jones-Park bout, supported the claims, saying an Argentinian colleague had been offered an envelope stuffed with cash by the Korean boxing authorities.
  
After three straight non-title fights, Jones made his [[Fight:8394|first title defense]] against [[Thomas Tate]], the #1 contender, on May 27, 1994. A left hook early in the second round sent Tate to the canvas. He rose on rubbery legs and his corner stopped the fight.
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Jennings wrote that records of one such debriefing note South Korean "organizers" paid boxing officials to ensure Korean fighters won. According to Jennings, judges were paid $300-$500 bribes to fix matches.
  
Jones's next [[James Toney vs. Roy Jones Jr.|fight]] came against unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion [[James Toney]] on Nov. 18, 1994. In a sensational display, Jones thoroughly outboxed the favored Toney and won by a lopsided unanimous decision. The highlight of the fight came in the third round. Jones taunted Toney by spreading his arms and sticking out his chin. When Toney copied the move, Jones quickly leaped forward with a left hook that sent Toney reeling against the ropes. The referee ruled that the ropes kept Toney from going down, and Jones was credited with an official knockdown.
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Jennings also wrote that Wehr told the Stasi that $15,000 was paid to two boxing officials by "Korean organizers" and they in turn paid judges. The report was dated March 29, 1989.
  
On June 15, 1996, just a few hours before he [Fight:10718|defended]] his IBF super middleweight championship against [[Eric Lucas]], Jones spent 15 minutes playing for the Jacksonville Barracudas of the United States Basketball League. He scored six points.
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On July 23, 1996, as a result of Jennings' report, the United States Olympic Committee requested an investigation of the Jones-Park bout by the International Olympic Committee
  
Jones won every round, and Lucas's corner stopped the fight after the eleventh round. "He was a bit stubborn," said Jones of the Canadian, who would go on to become WBC super middleweight champion five years later. "That is the last time I do that. It was one long day."
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On May 20, 1997, the IOC announced that it had found no evidence to support bribery allegations against the judges who scored the Jones-Park bout. IOC director general Francois Carrard, who was a member of the inquiry team which looked into the case, said: "The facts obtained by the working group have not added any new elements that would warrant reviewing the decision taken by the judges."
  
After five defenses of the IBF super middleweight title, Jones moved up in weight and scored a [[Roy Jones Jr. vs. Mike McCallum|12-round unanimous decision]] over [[Mike McCallum]] to win the interim WBC light heavyweight championship. Shortly after the fight, Jones was elevated to full WBC light heavyweight champion.  
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Carrard said he interviewed Larbi, who admitted that he and the other African boxing judges had each received $300 from the organizers. Larbi told him the money was for extra expenses. "The amount allocated for food was insufficient in view of the cost," Larbi was quoted as saying in the transcript of the interview released by the IOC.
  
On March 21, 1997, Jones defended the [[WBC]] light heavyweight title against [[Montell Griffin]] in Atlantic City. Leading on two of the three scorecards, Jones hurt Griffin with a right hand in the ninth, and Jones, anxious to finish him, hit Griffin twice after he took a knee. Jones was disqualified for the foul. It was Jones's first professional lost.
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Larbi also said he would not change his decision. "I considered—and still consider today—that, to my mind, the Korean should be declared the winner," he said.
  
Jones's character and sense of fair play triggered the following response to his lawyer/adviser Fred Levin after the fight. "Get me the rematch. Do it now. I want it to be my next fight. Give him anything he wants. I don't care what it costs."
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== Professional Career ==
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[[File:Ring April 1995.JPG|right|thumb|300px|April 1995 issue of ''The Ring'']]
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*Has a record of 22-3 (14 KOs) in world title fights.
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*Has a record of 18-8 (8 KOs) against former, current and future world titlists.
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**Won against [[Jorge Vaca]], [[Jorge Fernando Castro]], [[Bernard Hopkins]], [[Thulani Malinga]], [[James Toney]], [[Vinny Pazienza]], [[Eric Lucas]], [[Mike McCallum]], [[Montell Griffin]], [[Virgil Hill]], [[Lou Del Valle]], [[Otis Grant]], [[Reggie Johnson]], [[Julio Cesar Gonzalez]], [[Clinton Woods]], [[John Ruiz]], [[Antonio Tarver]], [[Felix Trinidad]], [[Jeff Lacy]]
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**Lost against [[Montell Griffin]], [[Antonio Tarver]] (twice), [[Glen Johnson]], [[Joe Calzaghe]], [[Danny Green]], [[Bernard Hopkins]], [[Denis Lebedev]]
  
Revenge was swift and devastating. Jones regained his WBC belt with a first round thrashing of Griffin, decking him twice before mercifully ending it at the 2:31 mark.
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=== Regional & Minor Titles ===
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*[[WBC]] Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title (1992)
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*[[IBO]] Light Heavyweight Title (2000-2004)
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*[[National Boxing Association II|NBA]] Light Heavyweight Title (2001-2004)
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*[[WBF]] Light Heavyweight Title (2001-2002)
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*[[IBA]] Light Heavyweight Title (2001-2004)
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*[[WBO]] [[NABO]] Light Heavyweight Title (2006, 2009)
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*[[IBC]] Light Heavyweight Title (2007)
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*[[UBO]] InterContinental Cruiserweight Title (2011)
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*[[Independent Boxing Syndicate|IBS]] North American Continental Cruiserweight Title (2011)
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*[[WBU]] (German Version) Cruiserweight Title (2013-present)
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=== Awards & Recognition ===
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*Named [[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] for 1994 by [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring]].
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*Ranked as the [[:Image:Sc00064da5.jpg|#1 Pound-for-Pound Boxer of All-Time]] in the Nov./Dec. 1997 issue of [[Boxing Illustrated|''International Boxing Digest'']].
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*Jones' [[Roy Jones Jr. vs. Virgil Hill|fourth-round knockout]] of [[Virgil Hill]] was named [[Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year|Knockout of the Year]] for 1998 by ''The Ring''.
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*Named [[:Image:Jonesdecade.jpg|Fighter of the Decade]] for the 1990s by the [[Boxing Writers Association of America]].
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*Named [[WBHOF: Fighter of the Year|Fighter of the Year]] for 2003 by the [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]].
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== Biography ==
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[[File:RJJwBelts.jpg|right|300px|thumb|Jones with his many championship belts]]
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From [http://www.biography.com/people/roy-jones-jr-40220#boxing-superstar Biography.com]
  
"Losing that first fight to Griffin was nearly as disappointing as losing the Olympic Gold Medal," Jones said. "When I fought him the first time, I was just trying to beat him. When we fought the second time, I would not argue if people suggest that there was more than just winning on my mind."
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Roy Jones Jr. is a record-holding boxing champion known for his matches on HBO who has also done TV commentary work.
  
Jones made eleven successful title defenses and unified the WBC, WBA, and IBF light heavyweight titles. As a unified champion, the WBA upgraded Jones to "Super Champion" in 2000.
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'''Synopsis'''
  
On March 1, 2003, Jones left his mark firmly in boxing history by becoming the first former middleweight champ to win a heavyweight title since [[Bob Fitzsimmons]] turned the trick in 1897. Giving away almost 30 pounds to John Ruiz, Jones scored a remarkably easy [[John Ruiz vs. Roy Jones Jr.|12-round decision]] to win the WBA heavyweight title. He won eight rounds on one scorecard, nine on a second and a ten on the third.
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A top figure in boxing, Roy Jones Jr. was born on January 16, 1969, in Pensacola, Florida. He received the light middleweight silver medal at the ‘88 Olympics (though it is believed he should have won gold). Jones went on to win champion titles in three divisions, becoming the first middleweight champ to win the heavyweight title in more than a century. He’s also done sports commentary and acting work.
  
"I know what people are going to say, but there is nothing wrong with John Ruiz," said Jones. "Like a lot of other guys I fought, he was just slower than me. And I kind of out thought him."
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'''Early Career'''
  
"What's next?" a visitor asked the 34-year-old WBA heavyweight champion. "I'll think of something," said Jones with a wide grin.
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Born on January 16, 1969, in Pensacola, Florida, where he was also raised, Roy Jones Jr. took to boxing at a young age. He proved to be a teenage phenomena in the ring, winning the 1984 U.S. National Junior Olympics in his weight division. In 1986, Jones picked up his first U.S. National Golden Gloves win in one weight class, and scored another Golden Gloves victory the following year in a heavier weight class.
  
Following the win over Ruiz, [[Antonio Tarver]], who was seated along with the media at the post-fight press conference, called Jones out. "I want my shot at history, Roy," he said. Jones obliged and return to the light heavyweight division for the fight, which took place on November 8, 2003 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.  
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Jones became an Olympic champion in 1988. Until his final bout, he was undefeated in the Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea. Jones faced off against South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun and lost the bout by decision, though many watching the fight thought that Jones should have won. The judges' decision came under intense scrutiny after it was later revealed that they had been entertained by South Korean officials. Still, Jones took home the silver medal in the men's light-middleweight boxing event.
  
Jones packed on a lot of muscle when he moved up to heavyweight and had difficulty getting back down to 175 pounds. Jones, who was physically drained, had to dig down deep, arguably the deepest in his career, to win the last two rounds and pull out a disputed [[Antonio Tarver vs. Roy Jones Jr. (1st meeting)|12-round majority decision]]. Jones regained the WBC light heavyweight title and won the vacant WBA super title.
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'''Boxing Superstar'''
  
The two had a [[Roy Jones Jr. vs. Antonio Tarver (2nd meeting)|Jones-Tarver rematch]] on May 15, 2004, again at Mandalay Bay. The action was just starting to heat up when Tarver scored a knockdown midway through the second round. Jones got up just after the referee reached the count of 10 and waved the fight over. After the fight, Roy said, "There ain't no excuses on my part. I come out and do what I do. Guys always get up to fight Roy Jones. It happens like that. I'm a warrior, and I'm going to fight. It happens to the best of us."
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In 1989, Jones made an impressive debut as a professional boxer. In just two rounds, he knocked out his opponent, Ricky Randall. He picked up his first title in 1992, becoming the WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight champion. The following year, Jones reached another career milestone, earning the IBF middleweight title.
  
Jones returned to the ring on September 25, 2004 and [[Glen Johnson vs. Roy Jones Jr.|challenged]] [[Glen Johnson]] for the IBF light heavyweight title in Memphis, Tennessee. Johnson kept Jones on the ropes for most of the fight and brutally knocked him out in the ninth round. Jones was down for several minutes.
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He bested Bernard Hopkins to earn that honor, fighting basically one-handed after fracturing a knuckle prior to the fight. Jones successfully defended that title, and added another to his list, in 1994. Facing the nearly undefeated James Toney, Jones secured a victory by decision after 12 rounds in the ring, taking the IBF super-middleweight title from Toney.
  
Many felt that Jones should retire after the back-to-back knockout losses, but he continued to fight. After defeating John Ruiz to win a world heavyweight title, arguably the high point of his career, Jones would go 8-7 in his next 15 fights.  
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In 1996, Jones managed a feat that had not been accomplished in his sport for more than 100 years: He retained his IBF super-middleweight title and then, after bulking up, clinched the WBC light-heavyweight title from Mike McCallum -- becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. Throughout the 1990s, Jones seemed unstoppable. In the late 1990s, the Boxing Writers Association of America named him "Fighter of the Decade."
  
=== Life Outside of Boxing ===
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In 2003, Jones became only the second light-heavyweight champion to win a heavyweight title (Michael Spinks was the first to achieve the feat); he became the WBA heavyweight champion after a bout against John Ruiz, who previously held the title.
Jones has many interest outside of boxing, such as basketball, fishing, hunting, music, and raising his beloved fighting cocks.  
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Jones raps, and several of is own recordings, including ''The Album: Round One'', have been distributed under his own "Body Heat Entertainment" label. He also manages several talented groups.
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In 2004, Jones was handed his first major defeat at the hands of Antonio Tarver. He had beaten Tarver the previous year, but in this latest bout, Tarver managed to knock out Jones. After that match up, the once invincible Jones became more hit or miss in the ring. He defeated Prince Badi Ajamu in 2006 and Anthony Hanshaw in 2007 in title fights, but he has lost most of his more recent face-offs in the ring. Jones still has some presence in the ring, however. He won the Universal Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Cruise weight title in 2011.
  
Jones also acts. He has had parts in ''The Sentinel'', ''Living Single'', ''Watcher'', ''In Living Color'', ''Married With Children'', ''Dateline'', ''Arliss'', ''The Wayans Brothers'' and such films as ''The Devil's Advocate'', ''New Jersey Turnpikes'', and the final two films of ''The Matrix'' trilogy, recently completed in Australia. Jones also appears on the new video game based on ''The Matrix''. Jones also had his own video game ''Knock Out Kings'', from EA Sports.
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Now in his 40s, Jones continues to fight while promoting other boxers and mixed martial arts competitors through his company, Square Ring Promotions.
  
With all of that, Jones, a proud father of three sons, still finds the time to devote many hours speaking to America's youth on the value of education and the perils of drugs. He has also been an advocate of boxing reform and has testified at U.S. Senate hearings on behalf of his fellow boxers.
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==Notes==
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*Started a record label, Body Head Entertainment, in 1998.
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*Released a hip hop album, ''The Album: Round One'', in 2002 on his Body Head Entertainment label. The album peaked at No. 50 on ''Billboard'' magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. 
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*Has dabbled in acting. His acting credits include the films ''The Matrix Reloaded'', ''The Fighter'', ''Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning'', and ''Grudge Match'', as well as the television shows ''Married With Children'', ''The Sentinel'', ''The Wayans Brothers'', and ''Arli$$''.
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*Lent his voice to the video game ''Enter The Matrix'' and appeared on the cover of the EA Sports video game ''Fight Night 2004''.
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*Worked as an analyst for [[HBO]] from 1996 to 2005 and returned to the job in 2011.
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*Has testified before Congress in favor of boxing reform.  
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*Has three sons: Roy III and twins DeShaun and DeAndre.
  
"When you have been blessed as I have been," said Jones, "you have to give something back. If some day I find that I have turned around the life of some troubled young man or woman, I will accept that as an award as great as any I have ever received."
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==Sources==
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/1984/08/10/sports/sports-of-the-times-the-other-jury.html "The Other Jury" By George Vecsey, the ''New York Times'', August 10, 1984]
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/23/sports/the-seoul-olympics-boxing-anger-by-koreans-over-84-may-have-spurred-outburst.html "Anger by Koreans Over '84 May Have Spurred Outburst" By Peter Alfano, the ''New York Times'', September 23, 1988]
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*[http://www.si.com/vault/1988/10/10/118634/boxing-travesty-the-us-placed-six-boxers-in-the-final-rounds----then-they-had-to-take-on-the-judges "Boxing Travesty: The U.S. placed six boxers in the final rounds -- then they had to take on the judges" By Pat Putnam, ''Sports Illustrated'', October 10, 1988]
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/22/sports/sports-of-the-times-roy-jones-jr-still-fighting-for-the-gold.html "Roy Jones Jr. Still Fighting For the Gold" By Dave Anderson, the ''New York Times'', March 22, 1989]
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*[http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1996/Journalist-Stasi-Files-Show-Boxing-Matches-Rigged-in-1988-Olympics/id-c1941736305f6e6460e451fcfe891d78 "Journalist: Stasi Files Show Boxing Matches Rigged In 1988 Olympics" Associated Press, May 30, 1996]
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*[http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1997/Roy-Jones-suffers-new-defeat-this-time-out-of-the-ring/id-b3f1e63a120e075b2121e22116cb8ac3 "Roy Jones Suffers New Defeat, This Time Out Of The Ring" Associated Press, May 21, 1997]
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*[http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2012/feb/15/olympic-moments-roy-jones-jr "50 stunning Olympic moments No 14: Roy Jones Jr cheated out of gold" By John Ashdown, the ''Guardian'', February 15, 2012]
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*[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1035578/ IMDb]
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*[http://www.royjonesjr.com/ Roy Jones Jr. Official Website]
  
 
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Name: Roy Jones Jr
Alias: Junior
Birth Name: Roy Levesta Jones
Born: 1969-01-16 (Age:46)
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 5′ 11″   /   180cm
Reach: 74″   /   188cm
Boxing Record: click

Trainers: Roy Jones Sr., Alton Merkerson
Managers: Fred Levin, Stanley Levin, himself
Roy Jones Jr. Gallery

Amateur Career

Jones at the 1988 Seoul Olympics
  • Record: 121-13
  • 1984 National Junior Olympics Bantamweight Champion.
  • 1986 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Defeated Victor Levine on points in the finals.
  • 1986 Goodwill Games Light Welterweight Bronze Medalist in Moscow, Russia. Lost a 4-1 decision to Igor Ruzhnikov of the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
  • 1987 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Champion in Knoxville, Tennessee. Defeated Ray McElroy on points in the finals.
  • 1987 Junior World Championships participant at light middleweight in Havana, Cuba. Lost a 4-1 decision to Andy Liebing of East Germany in the preliminaries.
  • 1988 National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Bronze Medalist in Omaha, Nebraska. Lost a 5-0 decision to Gerald McClellan in the semifinals.
  • 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials winner at light middleweight in Concord, California. Defeated Frankie Liles by a 3-2 decision in the finals.
  • 1988 U.S. Olympic Box-Offs winner at light middleweight in Las Vegas, Nevada. Defeated Frankie Liles by a 3-2 decision.
  • 1988 Olympic Light Middleweight Silver Medalist in Seoul, South Korea. Results:
    • Round of 32: Bye
    • Round of 16: Defeated M'tendere Makalamba (Malawi) KO 1
    • Round of 8: Defeated Michal Franek (Czechoslovakia) 5-0
    • Quarterfinals: Defeated Evgeni Zaytsev (Soviet Union) 5-0
    • Semifinals: Defeated Richie Woodhall (Great Britain) 5-0
    • Finals: Lost to Park Si-Hun (South Korea) 2-3
    • Awarded the Val Barker Trophy as the best boxer of the Olympics.


1988 Olympic Controversy

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Park Si-Hun being declared the winner against Jones

Jones' gold medal match against South Korean Park Si-Hun at the 1988 Seoul Olympics was very controversial. Jones dominated from start to finish, but Park was awarded a 3-2 decision win.

The five judges assigned to the bout were Zaut Gvadjava of the Soviet Union, Sandor Pajar of Hungary, Alberto Duran of Uruguay, Hiduad Larbi of Morocco, and Bob Kasule of Uganda.

Pajar and Gvadjava scored the bout 60-56 for Jones, while Duran and Larbi had it 59-58 for Park. Kasule called the bout a draw, 59-59, but awarded the gold medal to Park for "aggressiveness," though the South Korean had spent most of the fight in retreat.

After the bout, Larbi allegedly said: "The American won easily. So easily, in fact, that I was positive my four fellow judges would score the fight for the American by a wide margin. So I voted for the Korean to make the score only 4-1 for the American and not embarrass the host nation."

Larbi later said: "I am aware of the comments attributed to me by various press bodies, and I dispute every point of these."

Many felt the decision in favor of Park was payback for the American boxing team's dominance at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, where American boxers won 37 of 38 decisions. The South Koreans were particularly incensed by the 4-1 decision American Jerry Page received against South Korean Kim Dong Kil. Kim Eung Youn, president of the South Korean Boxing Federation, threatened to pull his team out of the competition and reminded the Americans that they would be fighting in Seoul in four years, implying that the roles would be reversed.

After the Jones-Park bout, the United States Amateur Boxing Federation unsuccessfully filed an appeal with the International Amateur Boxing Association. AIBA president Anwar Chowdhry said the appeal was dismissed because it was not filed within thirty minutes of the fight, in accordance with Olympic boxing regulations. But even if the appeal had been filed on time, it would not have been entertained for lack of evidence, Chowdhry said.

On March 19, 1989, the AIBA suspended five judges for what was described by Chowdhry as "poor officiating." Duran, Kasule and Larbi were among the five. Chowdhry said: "We have to punish these officials for contravening the regulations during the Olympic boxing tournament in Seoul."

Due to the controversy of the Jones-Park bout, the scoring system for Olympic boxing was changed. The 20-point must system was replaced with electronic scoring, which was introduced at the 1989 World Championships.

In 1996, Andrew Jennings, a British journalist, claimed to have documents from the former East German secret police, the Stasi, which showed that boxing matches at the 1988 Seoul Olympics were rigged by judges.

While the documents do not specifically cite Jones' controversial loss to Park, Jennings believed the evidence was clear. "I think it's a safe assumption Jones' was one of the bribed fights," said Jennings.

Jennings said East German Karl-Heinz Wehr, secretary general of the International Amateur Boxing Association, routinely reported to the East German secret police, known as Stasi.

"They did not miss a chance to try to corrupt or influence me," Wuhr wrote in the secret Stasi files. "They [the host nation] repeatedly attempted to persuade me to take back my decisions punishing judges they seemed to have an interest in. There were always judges prepared to declare a South Korean boxer victor, even if this was completely ludicrous."

He alleged bribes had been paid to several unnamed judges, including three from Africa and one from South America and felt the "manipulation" went high up into the executive of AIBA. Aldo Leoni, who refereed the Jones-Park bout, supported the claims, saying an Argentinian colleague had been offered an envelope stuffed with cash by the Korean boxing authorities.

Jennings wrote that records of one such debriefing note South Korean "organizers" paid boxing officials to ensure Korean fighters won. According to Jennings, judges were paid $300-$500 bribes to fix matches.

Jennings also wrote that Wehr told the Stasi that $15,000 was paid to two boxing officials by "Korean organizers" and they in turn paid judges. The report was dated March 29, 1989.

On July 23, 1996, as a result of Jennings' report, the United States Olympic Committee requested an investigation of the Jones-Park bout by the International Olympic Committee

On May 20, 1997, the IOC announced that it had found no evidence to support bribery allegations against the judges who scored the Jones-Park bout. IOC director general Francois Carrard, who was a member of the inquiry team which looked into the case, said: "The facts obtained by the working group have not added any new elements that would warrant reviewing the decision taken by the judges."

Carrard said he interviewed Larbi, who admitted that he and the other African boxing judges had each received $300 from the organizers. Larbi told him the money was for extra expenses. "The amount allocated for food was insufficient in view of the cost," Larbi was quoted as saying in the transcript of the interview released by the IOC.

Larbi also said he would not change his decision. "I considered—and still consider today—that, to my mind, the Korean should be declared the winner," he said.

Professional Career

April 1995 issue of The Ring

Regional & Minor Titles

  • WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title (1992)
  • IBO Light Heavyweight Title (2000-2004)
  • NBA Light Heavyweight Title (2001-2004)
  • WBF Light Heavyweight Title (2001-2002)
  • IBA Light Heavyweight Title (2001-2004)
  • WBO NABO Light Heavyweight Title (2006, 2009)
  • IBC Light Heavyweight Title (2007)
  • UBO InterContinental Cruiserweight Title (2011)
  • IBS North American Continental Cruiserweight Title (2011)
  • WBU (German Version) Cruiserweight Title (2013-present)

Awards & Recognition

Biography

Jones with his many championship belts

From Biography.com

Roy Jones Jr. is a record-holding boxing champion known for his matches on HBO who has also done TV commentary work.

Synopsis

A top figure in boxing, Roy Jones Jr. was born on January 16, 1969, in Pensacola, Florida. He received the light middleweight silver medal at the ‘88 Olympics (though it is believed he should have won gold). Jones went on to win champion titles in three divisions, becoming the first middleweight champ to win the heavyweight title in more than a century. He’s also done sports commentary and acting work.

Early Career

Born on January 16, 1969, in Pensacola, Florida, where he was also raised, Roy Jones Jr. took to boxing at a young age. He proved to be a teenage phenomena in the ring, winning the 1984 U.S. National Junior Olympics in his weight division. In 1986, Jones picked up his first U.S. National Golden Gloves win in one weight class, and scored another Golden Gloves victory the following year in a heavier weight class.

Jones became an Olympic champion in 1988. Until his final bout, he was undefeated in the Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea. Jones faced off against South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun and lost the bout by decision, though many watching the fight thought that Jones should have won. The judges' decision came under intense scrutiny after it was later revealed that they had been entertained by South Korean officials. Still, Jones took home the silver medal in the men's light-middleweight boxing event.

Boxing Superstar

In 1989, Jones made an impressive debut as a professional boxer. In just two rounds, he knocked out his opponent, Ricky Randall. He picked up his first title in 1992, becoming the WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight champion. The following year, Jones reached another career milestone, earning the IBF middleweight title.

He bested Bernard Hopkins to earn that honor, fighting basically one-handed after fracturing a knuckle prior to the fight. Jones successfully defended that title, and added another to his list, in 1994. Facing the nearly undefeated James Toney, Jones secured a victory by decision after 12 rounds in the ring, taking the IBF super-middleweight title from Toney.

In 1996, Jones managed a feat that had not been accomplished in his sport for more than 100 years: He retained his IBF super-middleweight title and then, after bulking up, clinched the WBC light-heavyweight title from Mike McCallum -- becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. Throughout the 1990s, Jones seemed unstoppable. In the late 1990s, the Boxing Writers Association of America named him "Fighter of the Decade."

In 2003, Jones became only the second light-heavyweight champion to win a heavyweight title (Michael Spinks was the first to achieve the feat); he became the WBA heavyweight champion after a bout against John Ruiz, who previously held the title.

In 2004, Jones was handed his first major defeat at the hands of Antonio Tarver. He had beaten Tarver the previous year, but in this latest bout, Tarver managed to knock out Jones. After that match up, the once invincible Jones became more hit or miss in the ring. He defeated Prince Badi Ajamu in 2006 and Anthony Hanshaw in 2007 in title fights, but he has lost most of his more recent face-offs in the ring. Jones still has some presence in the ring, however. He won the Universal Boxing Organization Inter-Continental Cruise weight title in 2011.

Now in his 40s, Jones continues to fight while promoting other boxers and mixed martial arts competitors through his company, Square Ring Promotions.

Notes

  • Started a record label, Body Head Entertainment, in 1998.
  • Released a hip hop album, The Album: Round One, in 2002 on his Body Head Entertainment label. The album peaked at No. 50 on Billboard magazine's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
  • Has dabbled in acting. His acting credits include the films The Matrix Reloaded, The Fighter, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and Grudge Match, as well as the television shows Married With Children, The Sentinel, The Wayans Brothers, and Arli$$.
  • Lent his voice to the video game Enter The Matrix and appeared on the cover of the EA Sports video game Fight Night 2004.
  • Worked as an analyst for HBO from 1996 to 2005 and returned to the job in 2011.
  • Has testified before Congress in favor of boxing reform.
  • Has three sons: Roy III and twins DeShaun and DeAndre.

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Preceded by:
James Toney
Vacated
IBF Middleweight Champion
1993 May 22 – 1994 Nov 18
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by:
James Toney
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
1994 Nov 18 – 1996 Nov 22
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Charles Brewer
Preceded by:
Fabrice Tiozzo
Vacated
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1997 Mar – 1997 Mar 21
Succeeded by:
Montell Griffin
Preceded by:
Montell Griffin
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1997 Aug 7 – 2003 Mar 1
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Antonio Tarver
Preceded by:
Lou Del Valle
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
1998 Jul 18 – 2000
Upgraded to Super Champion
2000 – 2003
Super Champion
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Bruno Girard
Regular Champion
Preceded by:
Reggie Johnson
IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
1999 Jun 5 – 2003 Mar 1
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Antonio Tarver
Preceded by:
John Ruiz
WBA Heavyweight Champion
2003 Mar 1 – 2004 Feb 20
Vacated
Succeeded by:
John Ruiz
Preceded by:
WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
2003 Nov 8 – 2004 May 15
Super Champion
Succeeded by:
Antonio Tarver
Super Champion
Preceded by:
Antonio Tarver
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
2003 Nov 8 – 2004 May 15
Succeeded by:
Antonio Tarver