Roy Jones, Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American boxer who became the only light middleweight (154 lbs) boxer to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. During his professional career, he won numerous titles including middleweight, super middleweight, light middleweight and heavyweight. In the 90s, he was named “Fighter of the Decade” by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Roy Jones is considered the best boxer of his generation.
Greatest Sporting Achievements
Roy Jones is noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF and IBA light heavyweight championships. He became the 1986 and 1987 Golden Gloves Champion for Jr. Welterweight and Welterweight respectively. Jones won the IBF middleweight crown by beating Bernard Hopkins in 1993. In 1994, he moved to super middleweight and won the IBF title from James Toney. Three years later, he moved up to light heavyweight winning the WBC title. The next year, the WBA and IBF titles.
Why Was He So Good?
Roy Jones, Jr. was often questioned about his focus and motivation for the sport. He was always superior to his rivals and that made his bouts often one-sided. Jones often coasted after establishing his dominance in a fight and was constantly content to win with a decision and not to provide the fans with a knockout.
What You May Not Know
- Roy Jones, Jr. became a rapper and an actor – he was on the Grudge Match in 2013 and The Matrix Reloaded in 2003.
- He released a record and called it, “Round One, The Album”.
- He made his professional debut on May of 1989 and was quickly recognized as a unique talent, a skillful boxer with quick speed, and rapid reflexes with seamless combination of punches.
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