Jones, Roy Jr.
Currently alive, at 44 years of age.
1969 – He was born on the 17th day of January this year.
1984 – He won the United States National Junior Olympics in the 119 lb. weight division, this year.
1986 – He won the United States National Golden Gloves in the 139 lb. weight division this year.
1987 – He won the United States National Golden Gloves in the 156 lb. weight division. As an amateur, Jones ended his career with a 121-13 record.
1988 – He represented the United States at the Seoul Olympic Games where he won the silver medal.
1989 – He began as a professional on May 6, of this year knocking out Ricky Randall in two rounds in Pensacola at the Bay front Auditorium.
1992 – He built an impressive record of 15-0 with 15 knockouts before stepping up in class, when he met former world welterweight champion Jorge Vaca in a Pay Per View.
1993 – He beat future world champion Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision in Washington D.C., to capture the IBF’s vacant World Middleweight Title.
1994 – He beat fringe contender Danny “Popeye” Garcia by a knockout in six in another non-title bout, then retained the world title against Thomas Tate in two rounds at Las Vegas on May 27 this year.
1995 – He defended his IBF Super Middleweight title successfully three times, knocking out Antoine Byrd in round one, former Lightweight and Junior Middleweight World Champion Vinny Pazienza in round six, and Tony Thornton in round two.
1996 – He maintained his winning ways, defeating Merqui Sosa by a knockout.
1997 – He suffered his first professional loss by way of Montell Griffin, losing his World Light Heavyweight belt in the process.
1998 – He began by knocking out former light heavyweight and future cruiserweight champion Virgil Hill in four rounds in a non-title bout at Biloxi, Mississippi with a sharp right hook to the body.
1999 – He was voted the “Fighter of the Decade” this year by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
2000 – He beat the hard punching David Telesco via a 12-round decision to retain the world championship, on January 15 of this year.
2001 – He released a rap CD, his most noticeable song on it being Y’all Must’ve Forgot, probably referring to the fact that some critics who used to point him out as the world’s best fighter pound-for-pound were now criticizing his quality of opposition.
2002 – He retained his title by knocking out Glenn Kelly in seven, famously dodging Kelly’s punches while holding his hands behind his back, mimicking one of his fighting game cocks, and then unleashing a furious right hand that knocked out Kelly.
2003 – He became the first former middleweight titleholder to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.
2004 – He faced a rematch with Antonio Tarver. Despite the fact that Jones was heavily favored to win, Tarver knocked him out at 1:41 of the second round.
2005 – He quickly resumed his duties as color commentator for HBO Championship Boxing, calling the Floyd Mayweather Jr-Sharmba Mitchell fight on November 19 in this year.
2006 – He had reached an agreement to fight the relatively unknown, but solid fighter, Prince Badi Ajamu on July 29 this year.
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