Roy Jones Jr. – born January 16, 1969, is an American boxer. As a professional, he has captured numerous championships in the Middleweight, Super middleweight, Light heavyweight and Heavyweight divisions. He is the only boxer in history to start his career as a junior middleweight, and go on to win a heavyweight title. He is also noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF, and IBA light heavyweight championships; a record seven belts at the same time. Jones left his mark in boxing history when he won the WBA heavyweight title, becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones was named “Fighter of the Decade” for the 1990’s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.
On March 1, 2003 in Las Vegas, Roy Jones defeated John Ruiz, the man who defeated Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title. Jones officially weighed in at 193 lbs and Ruiz at 226 lbs. Jones became the first former middleweight title holder to win a heavyweight title in 106 years. Jones also became the first fighter to start his career as a junior middleweight and win a heavyweight title.