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|Real name||Junior Jones|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Reach||71 in (180 cm) (1.80 m)|
December 19, 1970 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Wins by KO||28|
Junior Jones (born December 20, 1970) is an American former professional boxer. Known by his nickname of "Poison", he won world championships at bantamweight and super bantamweight, and is best remembered for his two victories over then-undefeated Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera.
Jones won two New York Golden Gloves Championships, the 1988 119 lb Novice Championship and the 1989 119 lb Open Championship. In 1988 Jones defeated Arnold Miranda of the Cage Recreation in the finals to win the Championship and in 1989 Jones defeated Robert Pimentel of the New York City Recreation in the finals to win the Championship. Jones trained at the Police Athletic League. In the Olympic box-offs he lost to eventual Gold medallist Kennedy McKinney. His record was 150-9.
Jones began his career in 1989 and ran off a string of 32 consecutive victories, capturing the WBA Bantamweight title on 23 October 1993 with a win over Jorge Julio Rocha. On 22 April 1994, Jones lost his title to John Michael Johnson by a TKO in the eleventh round.
Jones faded into obscurity for the next two years prior to taking on the undefeated Barrera for the WBO Super bantamweight title on 22 November 1996. He was the first man to beat Barrera, knocking the Mexican superstar out in the fifth round. Barrera's corner-men entered the ring, which disqualifed Barrera before he could be stopped. In the rematch, Jones won a unanimous decision against Barrera, although pro-Barrera fans disputed the verdict. After winning the two fights over Barrera, Jones lost his belt to 1998 Olympic Gold Medal winner Kennedy McKinney. Following the loss to McKinney, Jones took on WBC Super bantamweight title holder Erik Morales, losing by a TKO in the fourth round. The loss to Morales was the beginning of the end for Jones, who went on to win against Tracy Harris Patterson and Tom Johnson before losing to Paul Ingle before hanging up his gloves in 2002.
Jorge Julio Rocha
|WBA Bantamweight Champion
23 Oct 1993– 22 Apr 1994
John Michael Johnson
Marco Antonio Barrera
|WBO Super Bantamweight Champion
22 Nov 1996– 19 Dec 1997