Born: Jan. 16, 1969
Born Roy Levesta Jones on January 16, 1969. Boxing out of Pensacola, FL. Jones won the Val Barker Trophy for best boxer following a controversial silver medal win at the 1988 Olympics.
He turned pro in 1989 and would win world titles in four weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight. He defeated Bernard Hopkins (W 12) for the vacant IBF middleweight title in 1993 and vacated the next year to top James Toney (W 12) for the IBF super middleweight crown, which he defended five times before vacating to again go up in weight, capturing the interim WBC light heavyweight title from Mike McCallum in 1996 and subsequently attaining full recognition as champion. He unified with a decision over WBA champion Lou Del Valle in 1998 and a decision over Reggie Johnson for the IBF strap in 1999. His 175-pound reign lasted until 2003 when he vacated to campaign as a heavyweight and make history as the first middleweight champion in 106 years to win the heavyweight crown and just the second light heavyweight champion to achieve that feat when he defeated John Ruiz (W 12) for the WBA title in 2003. Next he defeated Antonio Tarver (W 12) to regain the WBA / WBC light heavyweight titles.
He continued boxing until retiring in 2018 with a record of 66-9 (47 KOs) and wins over Jorge Castro, Thomas Tate, Vinny Paz, Merqui, Sosa, Jeff Lacy, Virgil Hill and Felix Trinidad. Widely regarded as the top pound-for-pound fighter of his era, he won numerous accolades including 1990s “Fighter of the Decade” by the BWAA.