Roy Jones Jr. is a professional American boxer, trainer, commentator, actor, and rapper who owns dual American and Russian Citizenship. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, he rendered the United States by achieving a trophy within the light-middleweight division. Jones Jr contended in boxing from 1989 to 2018 and detained various world championships in four weight classes. He received titles at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight. He’s known to begin his career first as a lightweight middleweight and end up winning a heavyweight in history.
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Roy Jones Jr. was born in a boxer family in Pensacola, Florida, to fathers Roy Jones Sr. and Carol. Jones’s mother, Carol was serene towards him; however, his father, Roy Sr., who was an ex-club fighter, Vietnam veteran, and retired aircraft engineer who started pig framing, was barbarous towards Jones at a young age. He often taunted, bashed, and abused him. Jones learned boxing from his father, and Roy Sr. would often yell and assault him in front of all the other fighters.
Roy Jones Jr. lived in very persistent fear of his father’s abuse and physical violence towards him. He even unfolded about his childhood in Sports Illustrated: “After a long time, I didn’t care about getting hurt or dying anymore. I used to be in pain all day, every day. Then, he’d pull up his truck and begin searching for something I’d done wrong. There was no way out of nothing. Getting hurt or dying might’ve been better than the life I was living. used to consider killing myself anyway.”
Roy Jones Jr. is married to his wife Natlyn and has three children, Roy Jones III, DeShaun, DeAndre, and Evette A. Holyfield. His eldest son played basketball in Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev. Jones mentioned that he becomes introverted in front of the media to speak about his personal life and intends to keep it private.
As an amateur, he won the 1984 United States National Junior Olympics within the 119 lb weight division, the 1986 US National Golden Gloves within the 139 lb division, and the 1987 US National Golden Gloves the 156 lb division. However, there have been controversies when he lost to a South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun in spite of punching Park for three rounds, delivering 86 punches to Parks 32.
A blunder was made within the decision by judges for voting against Jones and that they were suspending. Investigations by an official IOC in 1997 found that South Korean officials bribed the judges, and since of that, he gained the Val Barker Award as the Games’ greatest boxer.
The peak of his career as an expert boxer was on 6 May 1989 after eliminating Ricky Randall in two rounds in Pensacola at the Bayfront Auditorium. Afterward, he knocked out Stephan Johnson for his next fight in Atlantic City by round eight. Finally, when he succeeded a 12-round decision over his opponent Bernard Hopkins for the vacant IBF middleweight belt, he has able to achieve his first outstanding title on 22 May 1993 in Washington, DC.
After the breakthrough of his career, Roy Jones Jr. moderately started including more weight and attained titles at light heavyweight and super middleweight. Jones received an immense amount of recognition after winning over world lightweight champion Vinny Pazienza. He also defeated Lucas, Tony Thornton and gained various championships. In 1994, Jones Jr. won against James Tony and claimed the IBF super middleweight championship.
By 1996, he defeated Eric Jones and McCallum for the title Interim WBC light heavyweight and became the primary athlete to draw in in two paid sports in one day and gained $2.8 million. In 1998 he gained the title of WBA light heavyweight after defeating Lou Del Valle and unified the WBA and WBA lightweight heavyweight titles. By 1999, he was entitled with the IBF title and unified the WBA, WBC, AND IBF titles after defeating Reggie Johnson.
Roy Jones Jr. again achieved his WBA, IBO, and therefore the Ring light heavyweight championships in November 2003. He included the WBC title after winning against Antonio Tarver. In the rematch with Antonio Tarver, which happened in May 2004, he faced losses. After the defeat to Tarver in their third bout, he was fired from his ringside analyst job by HBO in 2005.
In 2007, he defeated Anthony Hanshaw and claimed the title of International Boxing Council light heavyweight. Jones fought continuously in numerous fights from 2007 to 2009 and achieved WBO NABO lightweight heavyweight title. He fought and defeated Danny Green, Bernard Hopkins, and Denis Lebedev from December 2009 to February 2012.
Roy Jones Jr. moved to the light heavyweight class in December 2011 and was confronting many bouts till December 2017, where he won against Scott Sigmon, which was his last bout before he retired.
Roy Jones Jr. went to Crimea on 19 August, where he encountered the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. He asked the President for Russian Citizenship and explained that he needs to visit Russia for business issues and a passport to prevent inconvenient travels. Later he was given Russian Citizenship on 12 September; however, Jones has banned to enter Ukraine.
Roy Jones Jr. wasted no time after the announcement of his retirement and began to open up RJJ boxing schools around the globe, including the USA, Africa, and Russia. Following his longtime dream, Roy Jones, together with his parents, launched a global promotional company and commenced to push fighters; in 2018 signed a cope with UFC fight pass.
He was a compassionate person. Jones is also performing on many social media projects throughout the globe, helping underprivileged children and folks in need.
|Roy Jones Jr. Quick Info:|
|Full name:||Roy Levesta Jones Jr|
|Nickname:||Roy Jones Jr. Junior, Superman, RJ, Captain Hook.|
|Occupation:||Boxer and Actor|
|Years active:||1989 –Present|
|Birthday:||16 January 1969|
|Age Now:||52–years (Update 2021)|
|Debut:||Ricky Randall (United States) May 6, 1989, Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida.|
|Birthplace:||Pensacola, Florida, United States.|
|Height, Weight Info:|
|Height: (Approx.)||In 5 feet 11 inches|
In 180 centimeters
In 1.80 meters
|Weight: (Approx.)||Middleweight, Super weight, Light heavyweight, Cruiserweight, Heavyweight.|
|Body:||40 inches (Not Sure)|
|Waist:||36 inches (Not Sure)|
|Shoe Size:||12 (US)|
|Father:||Roy Jones Sr.|
|Relationship & Affair:|
|Wife’s Name:||Natlyn Jones|
|Son:||1. Roy Jones III|
2. DeShaun Jones
3. DeAndre Jones
|School:||Washington High School|
|College/ University:||Pensacola junior college.|
|Net Worth:||$45 million (Approx.)|
|Salary per Month:||Not Known|
|Phone Number:||+1 866-963-2221|
|Home Address:||1727 Turkey Oak Drive Navarre FL, 32566, USA.|
|Social Media Profiles:|
|Favorite actors:||Tom Cruise|
|Favorite actress:||Jane Hajduk|
|Favorite Hobbies:||Listening to Music, Watching Films, Travelling.|
|Favorite foods:||Pizza, Apple Pie|
|Wins by KO:||47|
|Olympic Games:||In 1988, Seoul (Light middleweight)|
|Goodwill Games:||In 1986 Moscow (Light welterweight)|
Contribution in other fields
Rather than boxing, Roy Jones Jr. was also connecting in other careers. Jones played basketball professionally for the Jacksonville Barracudas. In addition, he was involved in music and released his first rap CD named Round One: The Album. He owns Body Head Entertainment, a record label. Jones was also involved in many films and TV series. Some of his involvement in movies and series are:
- The Devil’s Advocate (1997) – featured as himself
- The Sentinel (1998) – featured as Sweet Roy Williams, (episode Sweet Science)
- Cordially Invited (2007) – featured as Lenny Banks
- The Wayans Brothers (1999) – featured as himself ( episode Rope-a-Dope)
- Enter the Matrix (2003) – featured as Ballard
- The Matrix Reloaded (2003) – featured as Ballard
- Universal Soldier: A new dimension (2012) – featured as Mess Hall Unisol
- Grudge Match (2013) – featured as himself
- Southpaw (2015) – featured as himself
- Creed II (2018) – featured as himself.