HBO Sports has reached an agreement with world-renowned fighter Roy Jones Jr. for a multi-year broadcasting deal, it was announced today by Ross
Greenburg, president, HBO Sports, and Rick Bernstein, senior vice president and executive producer, HBO Sports.
"Roy has proven his boxing excellence in the ring with titles in four different weight divisions," said Bernstein. "Now he will bring those
hard-earned insights to our television audience."
Jones, who is replacing the retiring George Foreman, will sit ringside for HBO's flagship "World Championship Boxing" series and on HBO Pay-Per-View
telecasts. He has previously worked as expert commentator on "HBO Boxing After Dark" telecasts, which began in 1996. In addition to his broadcasting
duties, Jones, 35, will continue his boxing career, which has included a string of remarkable and stunning achievements .
Starting in the middleweight division, Jones has also won titles in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. His journey through the
weight classes culminated in his historic victory over belt-holder John Ruiz for a heavyweight championship title on March 1, 2003. He was voted the
"Fighter of the Decade" in the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and has been at the top of the rankings for virtually everyone's
"pound-for-pound" listings for years. His ring record stands at 49-1, 38 KOs. He is presently world light heavyweight champion.
"I am looking forward to being part of the HBO boxing broadcast team," said Jones. "Analyzing and breaking down fights is a natural part of my boxing
experience, and I love the energy and excitement only a world-class boxing match can provide. I am delighted that Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein
decided to pass the torch from George to me. This is a showcase job."
"Roy has been a part of the HBO Sports family since 1992, and I know he has a deep appreciation and understanding of what a significant position he
has accepted," said Greenburg. "The winners here will be the HBO subscribers who will hear insights from one of this generation's most accomplished
A native of Pensacola, Fla., Jones will reunite with Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant beginning with the April 10 edition of HBO's "World Championship
Boxing." Harold Lederman is the broadcast crew's unofficial scorer.