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BOXING - ROY JONES JR. VS. ANTONIO TARVER
Antonio Tarver hears the decision that ha lost to Roy Jones Jr. in thier fight at Mandalay Bay for the light heavyweight title on Novemeber 8, 2003. (UPI/Roger Williams)
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Roy Jones, Jr. (born January 16, 1969) is an American boxer and current NABO Light heavyweight champion. As a professional he has captured IBF championships in the middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He also won the WBA heavyweight title in his only fight in this weight class. He is also noted for holding the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, NABF, WBF, and IBA light heavyweight championships at the same time. For many years, he was regarded as the champion of boxing. Jones was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s by the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jones had a very successful career as an amateur boxer: He won the 1984 United States National Junior Olympics in the 119 lb (54 kg) weight division, the 1986 United States National Golden Gloves in the 139 lb (63 kg) weight division and the 1987 United States National Golden Gloves in the 156 lb (71 kg) weight division. Jones, however, lost a decision to amateur rival Gerald McClellan, who went on to become the WBO and WBC middleweight champion in the early '90s. They never managed to fight each other as a pro due to the injuries McClellan sustained in his bout with the world super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn in London in 1995. As an amateur, Jones ended his career with a 121-13 record.

Jones represented the United States at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, where he won the silver medal. Jones dominated his opponents, never losing a single round en route to the final. His participation in the final proved to be hugely controversial when he lost a highly disputed 3-2 decision. Jones lost to South Korean fighter Park Si-Hun, despite pummeling Park for three rounds, landing 86 punches to Park's 32. Allegedly, Park himself apologized to Jones afterward. One judge shortly thereafter admitted the decision was a mistake, and all three judges voting against Jones were eventually suspended. An official IOC investigation concluding in 1997 found that three of the judges were wined and dined by Korean officials, but the IOC still officially stands by the decision. Jones was awarded the Val Barker trophy as the best stylistic boxer of the 1988 games, which was only the third and to this day the last time in the competition's history when the award didn't go to one of the gold medal winners. The incident, along with another highly disputed decision against American Michael Carbajal in the same games, led Olympic organizers to establish a new scoring system for Olympic boxing.

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