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Roy Jones, Jr.

Full name: Roy Levesta Jones, Jr.
Nickname(s): Junior
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: January 16, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Roy Jones, Jr. won the Val Barker Award at the 1988 Olympics as the most technically proficient boxer in Seoul. It was given to him as a sort of apology for what was the worst decision in Olympic boxing history. In the final of the light-middleweight class, Jones faced Korean [Park Si-Hun], and punished him. There was no doubt that Jones had won every round, and won each convincingly, but at the end the referee raised Park’s hand. Park even apologized, later saying, “I am sorry. I lost the fight. I feel very bad.”

One of the judges later revealed that he felt so badly for the Korean, fighting in front of his hometown fans, that he gave him the vote, feeling it would make the result only 4-1 for Jones. Unfortunately, two other judges did the same thing, given the decision to Park, 3-2.

This did not stop Roy Jones, Jr., who went on to a superb professional career over the next 15 years. He is one of those fighters who held, for a time, the unofficial crown of “best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.” Jones won world titles in eight weight classes, and for multiple organizations, even moving up to win the WBA Heavyweight title. The Boxing Writers Association of America named Jones Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s. He ended his professional career with a record of 64 wins (46 by KO) and 9 losses, staying in the game a bit too long, as is common with pro boxers. After he finished boxing, Jones did some acting and also dabbled in rap music.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing Men's Light-Middleweight United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Light-Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR R T
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 2 1988-10-02 Park (KOR) , Jones, Jr. (USA) 2 59 60 58 58 60 295
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1988-09-29 Jones, Jr. (USA) , Woodhall (GBR) 5 60 60 60 59 60 299 decision
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1988-09-28 Jones, Jr. (USA) , Zaytsev (URS) 5 60 59 60 60 60 299 decision
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing United States USA Round Three Match #3 1 1988-09-26 Jones, Jr. (USA) , Franek (TCH) 5 60 60 60 60 59 299 decision
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing United States USA Round Two Match #6 1 1988-09-24 Jones, Jr. (USA) , Makalamba (MAW) knock-out 1 1:44
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Boxing United States USA Round One Match #12 1 1988-09-20 Jones, Jr. (USA) bye
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