Roy Jones Jr.
Name: Roy Jones Jr
Birth Name: Roy Levesta Jones
Hometown: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record
- Trainers: Roy Jones Sr., Alton Merkerson
- Managers: Fred Levin, Stanley Levin, himself
- Roy Jones Jr. Gallery
- Purported amateur 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 Evgeny Zaitsev (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
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.
- Has defeated 22 opponents (14 by KO) in World Title fights.
- 1 opponent (0 by KO) in World Heavyweight Title fights.
- 13 opponents (8 by KO) in World Light Heavyweight Title fights.
- 6 opponents (5 by KO) in World Super Middleweight Title fights.
- 2 opponents (1 by KO) in World Middleweight Title fights.
- Has a record of 22-3 (14 KOs) in world title fights.
Legitimate Championship Record
- Has defeated 13 opponents (8 by KO) in World Light Heavyweight Title fights
- 12 opponents (8 by KO) between August 7, 1997 and November 2002
- 1 opponent (0 by KO) between November 8, 2003 and May 15, 2004
- Has a record of 19-9 (8 KOs) against former, current and future world titlists.
- 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
- Lost against Montell Griffin, Antonio Tarver (twice), Glen Johnson, Joe Calzaghe, Danny Green, Bernard Hopkins, Denis Lebedev, Enzo Maccarinelli
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 (2013-2015; 2018-)
- WBF World Cruiserweight Title (2017-)
Awards & Recognition
- Named Fighter of the Year for 1994 by The Ring.
- Ranked as the #1 Pound-for-Pound Boxer of All-Time in the Nov./Dec. 1997 issue of International Boxing Digest.
- Jones' fourth-round knockout of Virgil Hill was named Knockout of the Year for 1998 by The Ring.
- Named Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
- Named Fighter of the Year for 2003 by the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
Roy Jones Jr. is a record-holding boxing champion known for his matches on HBO who has also done TV commentary work.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- On September 12, 2015, the president of Russian Federation signed a decree giving Roy Jones Russian citizenship. Roy Jones and Vladimir Putin previously had a meeting at Sevastopol on August 19 where Jones asked the president if he could acquire Russian citizenship.
- "The Other Jury" By George Vecsey, the New York Times, August 10, 1984
- "Anger by Koreans Over '84 May Have Spurred Outburst" By Peter Alfano, the New York Times, September 23, 1988
- "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
- "Roy Jones Jr. Still Fighting For the Gold" By Dave Anderson, the New York Times, March 22, 1989
- "Journalist: Stasi Files Show Boxing Matches Rigged In 1988 Olympics" Associated Press, May 30, 1996
- "Roy Jones Suffers New Defeat, This Time Out Of The Ring" Associated Press, May 21, 1997
- "50 stunning Olympic moments No 14: Roy Jones Jr cheated out of gold" By John Ashdown, the Guardian, February 15, 2012
- Roy Jones Jr. Official Website
| IBF Middleweight Champion
1993 May 22 – 1994 Nov 18
| IBF Super Middleweight Champion
1994 Nov 18 – 1996 Nov 22
| WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1997 Mar – 1997 Mar 21
| WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1997 Aug 7 – 2003 Mar 1
Lou Del Valle
| WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
1998 Jul 18 – 2000
Upgraded to Super Champion
2000 – 2003
| IBF Light Heavyweight Champion
1999 Jun 5 – 2003 Mar 1
| WBA Heavyweight Champion
2003 Mar 1 – 2004 Feb 20
| WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
2003 Nov 8 – 2004 May 15
| WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
2003 Nov 8 – 2004 May 15