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. [122] Near the end of the same month on March 28, Jones was again back in the ring, this time against Paul Vasquez (10-6-1, 3 KOs), defeating him via 1st-round TKO for the WBU (German Version) cruiserweight title at the Pensacola Bay Center in Florida. As the fight progressed Jones absorbed more and more punishment and suffered a cut over his left eye. The final punch put Jones out cold on the canvas and he did not regain his senses for more than 5 minutes amid active medical help. "[2] One judge shortly thereafter admitted the decision was a mistake and all three judges voting against Jones were eventually suspended. He offered direction to numerous youths and steered many of them away from trouble. In the post-fight interview, he said, "I knew Scott was tough, I knew Scott was game and I knew Scott would keep coming. For the English footballer, see, "When Jones picks up the action, he starts to look like, (Franek was given a standing eight count in the 1st rd; and at the 2:33 of the 2nd rd), (Zaytsev suffered a broken nose in the 1st rd), (Woodhall suffered a broken nose in the 2nd rd), (Park was given a standing eight count at 2:11 of the 2nd rd), Won vacant WBU (German version) cruiserweight title, Won vacant WBF (Foundation) cruiserweight title. Jones landed 206 of 594 punches (35%) and Hopkins connected on 153 of 670 (23%). Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr after weighing in (Image: USA TODAY Sports) 4. The reason for this is that the trophy is being awarded by the AIBA, an organization not directly connected with the Olympic authorities. Decisions Max Alexander Over Ten Rounds", "Roy Jones Jr.-Max Alexander PPV To Land on Ustream", "Roy Jones Jr.-Dawid Kostecki is Heading To June 30th", "Roy Jones: I Don't Care Who I Fight, Even Andrew Golota! In round 6, Sigmon began throwing more punches, although they were weak combinations easily blocked by Jones. Jones' corner, who had never seen Roy cut before, didn't know how to properly handle the situation and blood covered the left side of his face. [73] This was the first time a former heavyweight champion returned to fight successfully at 170 lbs. Roy Jones Jr. was born to a family with a boxing tradition. ", "Roy Jones Jr. Jones landed 124 of 249 punches (50%) and Kelly connected on 42 of 171 (25%). For other inquiries, Contact Us. Roy Sr. did everything possible to expand the program and help more kids. [39], In 2001, Jones released Round One: The Album, a rap CD. [127] The fight took place at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow. The controversy arose when Lebedev punched Jones, when it was, to some, clear that Jones was not responsive and was out on his feet. Jones scored a knockdown just before the bell at the end of round 10. This was the first time a championship fight took place at Pensacola. His final loss came against British fighter Enzo Maccarinelli, who knocked Jones Jr out in the fourth round of their clash in 2015. 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 landed 285 of 614 punches (46%) and Toney connected on 157 of 451 (35%). 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. The fighters earned in excess of $4 million apiece plus a share of pay-per-view revenues, with the fight generating 440,000 pay-per-view buys. Jones Jr only retired at 49, however, in 2018 after a win over Scott Sigmon after a 29-year professional career. The fight generated 500,000 pay-per-view buys and $25 million in domestic television revenue. "[citation needed], Jones is also said to have integrated cockfighting into his boxing style, often using exaggerated feints to catch his opponents off-balance. [63], 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. He also had the ability to land punches from odd angles that his opponents failed to see and his unusual style was very difficult to adjust to for most opponents who often struggled to find sparring partners that could mimic his unique style. Jones then followed with a defense against Otis Grant. Tarver landed 158 of 620 punches (25%) and Jones connected on 85 of 320 (27%). Jones is considered by many to be one of the best boxers of all time, pound for pound, and left his mark in the sport's history when he won the WBA heavyweight title in 2003, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones made his first attempt at a world title on May 22, 1993. His record as an amateur was also impressive as he racked up 121 wins with just 13 losses. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. "[139][140] Jones later told On The Ropes Boxing Radio, "Yeah I think it's my last year in boxing, and I tell people all the time." Jones retired after 75 professional fights over 29 years; 66 wins, 47 coming inside the distance and 9 losses. He would welcome a fourth bout with Tarver or another duel with Johnson. [29][30], Jones sought an immediate rematch five months later at Foxwoods Resort, Connecticut, USA and regained the World Light Heavyweight title easily, knocking Griffin down within the first 20 seconds of the fight, then ending the fight by knocking Griffin out 2 minutes and 31 seconds in with a leaping left hand shot. [131] On fight night, in front of more than 5,000 fans in attendance, in a slow-paced affair, Jones won a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision with shutout scores of 100-90 on all three cards. Jones was ahead on all three judges scorecards (117-110, 119-108 & 118-109). After the fight, Jones said, "I'm feeling wonderful. Roy Levesta Jones Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American former professional boxer, boxing commentator, boxing trainer, rapper, and actor who holds dual American and Russian citizenship. [109][110] Jones negotiated his deal with 12 Knockout Promotions, the fight's promoter, he was assured that Kostecki would not start serving his sentence until after the fight. At the time of disqualification, Jones was ahead on two of the judges scorecards (75-76, 77-75, 76-75). Jones defeated Ajamu by a unanimous decision (119-106, 3 times), winning the WBO NABO light heavyweight title. [9], Jones represented the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games in the 156-pound weight class, being the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, where he won the silver medal.[10]. The fight headlined the "Island Fights 38" card, an ongoing series that combines boxing matches and MMA bouts on the same show. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). [65], Next up for Jones was the undefeated 29 year old Anthony Hanshaw (24-0-1, 14 KOs), on July 14, 2007, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. [96], Lebedev knocked Jones out with 2 seconds left in their 10-round bout. 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. Jones Jr finished his career with a boxing record of 66-9. [26][27][28], In 1997 Jones had his first professional loss, a disqualification against Montell Griffin (26-0, 18 KOs) at the Taj Majal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sheika had previously defeated Glen Johnson, who had knocked out Jones in 2004 and came into this fight having lost six of his last ten bouts. [83], On August 15, 2009, Jones beat former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) in 10 rounds after Lacy's corner stopped the fight. Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S. 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. Jones reminded the world of this claim on his hit single "Ya'll Must've Forgot" later in his career. After that, Jones Jr was brutally knocked out by Antonio Tarver after coming down from heavyweight to fight at light-heavyweight again. Ajamu also lost two points for repeated low blows in round seven and one more in round eight. [87] Then on December 2, 2009, following an extensive pre-fight delay due to hand wrap protests, Danny Green defeated Jones via first-round TKO. [23][24][25], In November 1996 at Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida, Jones defeated 40-year-old former three-weight world champion Mike McCallum via a shutout decision (120-107, 3 times) before a crowd of 12,000, to win the vacant Interim WBC Light Heavyweight title. Tarver won by unanimous decision (117–111, 116–112, 116–112) and had Jones out on his feet in the 12th round. [116][117], Jones, fighting at the Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre in Latvia, defeated Courtney Fry (18-5-0) via RTD in the 5th round on July 26, 2014.