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Boxing: The Roy Jones Jr. Legacy

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posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 12:13 AM

By Rick Reeno

Even if Roy Jones Jr. never fights again, his legacy is set in stone. The man who started his career at 154 pounds, went all the way up to the heavyweight division and won the WBA heavyweight title from 226 pound John Ruiz.

People said that Jones never fought any real fighters in his career, to take a quote from Roy Jones, "they say I fought nobody but that's because I made them look like nobody."

At the 1988 Seoul Games, Jones pummeled South Korean Park Si-hun for all three rounds of their gold medal bout. But in one of the most outrageous judging decisions in Olympic history, Jones had to settle for silver, despite reports of payoffs that found their way into East German secret police files.

"I can't believe they're doing this to you," referee Aldo Leoni whispered to Jones as he held the Korean's hand aloft in victory. Roy Jones won the Val Barker award as the Olympics most outstanding fighter.



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