Roy Jones Jr. born January 16, 1969 is an American boxer. As a professional he has captured numerous championships in the Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Junior Middleweight, and go on to win a heavyweight title. He is also noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF, and IBA Light Heavyweight Championships; a record seven belts at the same time.
Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA Heavyweight Title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a Heavyweight Title in 106 years. Jones was named Fighter of the Decade for the 1990’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
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.
In 2001, Jones released Round One: The Album, a rap CD. That year he retained the title against Derrick Harmon by a knockout in ten, and against future world champion Julio César González of Mexico by a 12-round unanimous decision. In 2002, Jones retained his title by knocking out Glen Kelly in seven rounds. Jones then defeated future world champion Clinton Woods by technical knockout. He performed a song from his CD during his ring entrance.
On May 21, 2011 Denis Lebedev stopped Roy Jones Jr. with 10 seconds remaining in the 10th and final round of what had been a competitive cruiserweight fight and many ringside observers felt Jones Jr. was ahead on the scorecards.
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When at corporate events, Roy is known to cover the following topics:
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
- Sporting Success
- Overcoming Adversity
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