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ROY JONES JUNIOR

BOXER. RAPPER. TRAINER. ACTOR AND COMMENTATOR

FORMER WORLD TITLE HOLDER IN FOUR DIVISIONS

On turning professional, he had already sparred with many professional boxers, including NABF champion Ronnie Essett, IBF world champion Lindell Holmes and Sugar Ray Leonard. Jones began as a professional on May 6, 1989, knocking out Ricky Randall in 2 rounds in Pensacola at the Bayfront Auditorium. For his next fight, he faced the more experienced Stephan Johnson in Atlantic City, beating him by a knockout in round eight. Jones built a record of 15-0 with 15 knockouts before stepping up in class to meet former world welterweight champion Jorge Vaca in a Pay Per View fight on January 10, 1992. He knocked Vaca out in round one to reach 16 knockout wins in a row. After one more KO, Jones went the distance for the first time against future world champion Jorge Castro, winning a 10-round decision in front of a USA Network national audience.

On November 18, 1994, he was set to face undefeated IBF super middleweight champion James Toney, #1 ranked “pound for pound” contender. Toney had gone undefeated in 46 bouts and was rated the best in the world. The Jones/Toney fight was ultra-hyped, and Jones for the first time in his career was the underdog. Over the course of the 12-round unanimous decision, Jones demonstrated his greatness. He danced circles around Toney, scoring a flash knockdown in the third round. Ring magazine called Jones performance the most dominant of any big fight in 20 years.

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