Roy Jones Jr. is one of the best professional boxers to ever enter the ring, having won multiple world championships across four different weight classes, including heavyweight, middleweight, light heavyweight and super middleweight.
The fight’s date is set for November 28 in Carson, California, and hopefully won’t be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Iron Mike and Jones will look to see who has more left in the tank, with both fighters now over 50 years old.
It will also be another big payday.
Across his esteemed boxing career, Jones Jr. won 66 of his 75 fights, including 47 by knockout. The American was named 1994’s Fighter of the Year by The Ring and was also crowned Fighter of the Decade for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was also named a two-time National Golden Gloves winner as an amateur.
In 1988, Roy Levesta Jones represented the United States at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, as the youngest member of Team USA. Despite being just 19, Jones won a silver medal, though it’s common belief he was robbed of the gold.
Jones would win the first 16 fights of his professional career via knockout. In May 1993, Jones earned the IBF middleweight title after dethroning Bernard Hopkins by unanimous decision, in what was his first attempt at a world title.
In 1994, Jones fought for the super middleweight title against James Toney, entering as the underdog for the first time in his career. The pay-per-view fight generated 300,000 purchases in what was a dominant victory for Jones.
Jones remained undefeated until 1997 when he suffered his first loss, via disqualification, against Montell Griffin.
In 1999, he defeated IBF champ Reggie Johnson to become the undisputed light heavyweight champion, and in 2001, Jones debuted as a rapper, releasing the album Round One: The Album. He would occasionally use songs from his album during his walkouts to fights, including his bout against WBC No. 1 and future world champion Clinton Woods.
His WBA heavyweight title victory against John Ruiz in 2003 made him the first middleweight champion in over 100 years to earn a heavyweight title.
Captain Hook also became the only boxer to start his career in the light middleweight weight class and manage to win a title in the heavyweight division.
2004 was a rough year for Jones in the ring, as Superman looked vulnerable for the first time in his career. He suffered a defeat against Antonio Tarver and then failed in his attempt to win the light heavyweight title against Glen Johnson.
He took a year long break from boxing, but ended up returning only to lose to Tarver once again.
Jones continued to fight throughout the 2000s and into the 2010s, though age had certainly caught up to him. The final fight of Jones’ career came in 2018 in his Pensacola, Florida against Scott Sigmon, where he earned a victory via unanimous decision.
Roy Jones Jr. Net Worth
In addition to boxing, Jones featured in roles as an actor, including a part in the film The Devil’s Advocate, as well as Universal Soldier: A New Dimension.
Jones was involved in a series of bad investments, particularly in real estate, which resulted in much of his fortune disappearing. He reportedly filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014.
He’ll reportedly be earning around $3 million from his exhibition match with Mike Tyson, a fight which has been criticized by some within the industry. One promoter went as far as to call the fight “sad,” while legendary UFC fighter Chael Sonnen even suggested Tyson would be using PED’s in the fight.