Roy Jones Jr
Roy Jones Jr. first burst upon the world following a shocking, controversial defeat in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, against a backdrop of battle-scarred mountains and Far East mysticism. Until then, he was just the best amateur junior middleweight in the world, a 156-pound kid from Pensacola, Florida with great deal of promise but a limited recognition factor. Then, three judges ambushed him.
After watching Jones soundly defeat native South Korean Si-Hun Park in the light middleweight Gold Medal bout, the world was stunned when the Park’s hand was raised and awarded the gold medal by a score of 3-2. While Park took his tarnished gold medal and slipped into obscurity, Jones returned home to begin a brilliant professional campaign that would carry him to six world championships, including the most radiant of them all, the world heavyweight title. Jones spent the better part of a decade regarded as the premier pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
Like basketball, fishing, and hunting, music is another of Jones’ loves. Several of his own recordings, including the popular The Album: Round One, have been distributed under his own Body Head Entertainment label. He also manages several talented groups. Jones also acts. He has had parts in The Sentinel, Living Single, Watcher, In Living Color, Married With Children, Dateline, Arliss, The Wayans Brothers and such films as The Devil’s Advocate, New Jersey Turnpikes, and the final two films of The Matrix trilogy, recently completed in Australia. Jones also appears on the new video game based on The Matrix. Jones also had his own video game Knockout Kings, from EA Sports.
With all of that, this energetic young superstar, a proud father of three sons, still finds the time to devote many hours speaking to America’s youth on the value of education and the perils of drugs. He has also been an advocate of boxing reform, where he has testified at U.S. Senate hearings on behalf of his fellow boxers.
“When you have been blessed as I have been,” said Jones, “you have to give something back. If someday I find that I have turned around the life of some troubled young man or woman, I will accept that as an award as great as any I have ever received.” Roy Jones, Jr. now intends to sign the world’s top amateurs to promotional contracts so he may pass along his unparalleled knowledge he has gained through fifteen years of professional boxing.