Guillermo Jones

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Guillermo Jones
Statistics
Real name Guillermo Agustin Jones
Nickname(s) El Felino
El Jefe
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Super middleweight
Light middleweight
Welterweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Reach 76 in (190 cm)
Nationality Panamanian
Born (1972-05-05) 5 May 1972 (age 44)
Colón, Panama
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 46
Wins 40
Wins by KO 30
Losses 3
Draws 2
No contests 1

Guillermo Jones (born May 5, 1972) is a Panamanian professional boxer and former WBA cruiserweight champion.

Career[edit]

Known as 'El Felino', Jones is most well known for three things in boxing... 1) Rising many weight classes throughout his career. 2) Very long layoffs between fights, especially as champion. 3) Being able to win in hostile territory. Jones started to box in the paid ranks in 1993 as a welterweight, and was a world champion as a 198 pound cruiserweight 20 years later in 2013[1]

Guillermo (referred to by his first name rather than 'Jones', which usually refers to boxer Roy Jones Jr.) won his first 21 bouts in Panama, but was then stopped in Venezuela in two rounds by David Noel of Trinidad and Tobago in September 1997. He avenged that loss two months later in Panama by first round Knockout. Now aligned with promoter Don King, Jones fought two light middleweight WBA world title bouts against Laurent Boudouani in 1998. He drew once and lost the rematch by split decision in 12 round contests.

Guillermo fought his way through four weight classes. Later fighting as a cruiserweight in 2002, he fought Johnny Nelson for the WBO World cruiserweight title, drawing in 12 rounds in his third world title attempt. Most in attendance thought Jones had done enough to win the title from Nelson.

After yet another split decision loss in 2005 to future cruiserweight world title holder Steve Cunningham, Guillermo rebounded the same year with knockouts of Kelvin Davis and Wayne Braithwaite.

Jones got a shot at WBA World Cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan on September 27, 2008 and won the WBA world title by tenth round stoppage. He was the heaviest, and the oldest professional fighter from Panama to have achieved a world championship when became Panama's 28th world boxing champion.[2] After winning the WBA title, Jones created controversy when he went through a two year period of inactivity while remaining WBA world champion.

In August 2010, the WBA finally threatened to strip Guillermo of his belt unless he defended his world title. As a result, he made his first defense of his world title against Valery Brudov in October 2010, scoring an eleventh round stoppage in Panama City.

Jones second defense of his title was scheduled to take place on June 25, 2011, against then undefeated Ryan Coyne. A few days before the fight, Jones pulled out, citing a back injury sustained following a training session.[3] Jones later announced he would make a mandatory defense against Yoan Pablo Hernández.[4] The fight was scheduled to take place in Germany on August 27, 2011, but the bout was cancelled with no specific reason.

Jones the defended his WBA world title against Mike Marrone. The fight took place in Florida on November 5, 2011, with Jones retaining his title via a TKO in the sixth round. After over a year of inactivity, Jones was declared the champion in recess after he backed out of a title defense against boxer Andres Taylor of Pennsylvania. Denis Lebedev of Russia won the interim WBA World title and then won the vacant WBA World title after Jones refused to fight him. After 18 months of inactivity, Jones traveled to Russia to fight Lebedev and settle matters regarding who the legitimate WBA world champion was, himself or Lebedev.

On May 17, 2013, Jones, the WBA World Cruiserweight champion 'in recess', cut and closed the left eye of Denis Lebedev in the first round. He eventually knocked out the other WBA World Cruiserweight champion 'claimant', Denis Lebedev of Russia, at 1:54 of the eleventh round to settle the issue once and for all as to who the true WBA World Cruiserweight champion was.[5] The bout is the first WBA World title bout in which two defending champions of the same world title belt faced each other. Jones inflicted horrific punishment on Lebedev, inflicting enough damage to Lebedev's right eye to perhaps end his career for medical reasons. Observers felt the bout should have been stopped early, but the Russian Boxing Federation would not stop the bout so it would go the distance, putting Jones in the position of having to knock Lebedev out in hostile territory to keep his title.

In October 2013, Jones was stripped of his title for failing a drug test for his WBA unification fight with Lebedev, with Lebedev being reinstated as full champion. A rematch between Lebedev and Jones has concordantly been ordered by the WBA. Jones again tested positive, and was stripped of the title, however recent allegations of Russian tampering with drug testing has put this finding in doubt.[6] In December 2013, Jones was reinstated by the WBA as Champion in Recess.[7]

Professional record[edit]

45 fights, 40 wins (31 knockouts), 3 losses, 2 draws
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 40-3-2 Mexico Daniel Cota UD 10 20/11/2015 Panama Arena Panama Al Brown, Colon City
Win 39-3-2 Russia Denis Lebedev KO 11 17/05/2013 Russia Crocus City Hall, Moscow
Win 38-3-2 United States Michael Marrone TKO 6 05/11/2011 United States Hollywood, Florida Retained WBA cruiserweight title
Win 37-3-2 Russia Valery Brudov TKO 11 02/10/2010 Panama Panama City, Panama Retained WBA cruiserweight title
Win 36-3-2 Germany Firat Arslan TKO 10 27/09/2008 Germany Altona, Hamburg, Germany Won WBA cruiserweight title
Win 35-3-2 United States Zack Page UD 8 07/07/2007 United States Bridgeport, Connecticut
Win 34-3-2 United States Jeremy Bates TKO 1 06/01/2007 United States Hollywood, Florida
Win 33-3-2 Guyana Wayne Braithwaite TKO 4 03/09/2005 United States Cleveland, Ohio Retained WBA Fedelatin, WBC Latino cruiserweight titles
Win 32-3-2 United States Kelvin Davis TKO 4 21/05/2005 United States Chicago, Illinois
Loss 31-3-2 United States Steve Cunningham SD 10 02/04/2005 United States Worcester, Massachusetts
Win 31-2-2 Dominican Republic Antonio Berroa KO 1 03/12/2004 Panama Panama City, Panama Won WBA Fedelatin, WBC Latino cruiserweight titles
Win 30-2-2 Brazil Luciano Torres TKO 1 16/03/2004 Panama Panama City, Panama Won WBA Fedelatin cruiserweight title
Draw 29-2-2 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson SD 12 23/11/2002 United Kingdom Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom For WBO cruiserweight title
Win 29-2-1 Tonga Sione Asipeli UD 10 13/07/2002 United States Warren, Ohio
Win 28-2-1 United States Tim Williamson SD 10 13/04/2002 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 27-2-1 Mexico Victor Maciel TKO 1 19/05/2001 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 26-2-1 United States Allen Watts UD 10 20/05/2000 United States Tunica, Mississippi
Win 25-2-1 Togo Jaffa Ballogou UD 6 18/12/1999 United States Tunica, Mississippi
Win 24-2-1 Dominican Republic Jose Maquina Rojas TKO 2 09/10/1999 Panama Panama City, Panama .
Win 23-2-1 Guyana Santos Daniels TKO 6 04/09/1999 Panama Panama City, Panama
Loss 22-2-1 France Laurent Boudouani SD 12 30/05/1998 United States Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Draw 22-1-1 France Laurent Boudouani PTS 12 13/02/1998 United States Albuquerque, New Mexico Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 22-1 Trinidad and Tobago David Noel TKO 1 29/11/1997 Panama Colon, Panama Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Loss 21-1 Trinidad and Tobago David Noel KO 2 27/09/1997 Venezuela Caracas, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 21-0 Venezuela Alejandro Ugueto TKO 5 03/05/1997 Panama Colon, Panama Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 20-0 Nicaragua Jorge Luis Vado KO 1 28/02/1997 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 19-0 Venezuela Alejandro Ugueto PTS 12 07/10/1996 Venezuela Maracay, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 18-0 Colombia Gilberto Barreto KO 1 15/06/1996 Panama Panama City, Panama Won WBA Fedelatin light middleweight title
Win 17-0 Panama Eduardo Rodriguez KO 2 20/04/1996 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 16-0 Dominican Republic Manuel Florian TKO 2 29/03/1996 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 15-0 Argentina Carlos Alberto Arrieta KO 1 15/03/1996 Panama Panama City, Panama Retained WBA Fedelatin welterweight title
Win 14-0 Venezuela Jose Garcia KO 1 02/02/1996 Panama Colon, Panama Retained WBA Fedelatin welterweight title
Win 13-0 Colombia Manuel Alvarez KO 1 18/09/1995 Venezuela Maracay, Venezuela Retained WBA Fedelatin welterweight title
Win 12-0 Colombia Ricardo Simarra TKO 4 05/08/1995 Panama Colon, Panama Won WBA Fedelatin welterweight title
Win 11-0 Panama Antonio Ocasio KO 3 15/07/1995 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 10-0 Panama Marcelino Quiroz KO 2 01/04/1995 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 9-0 Dominican Republic Rafael Ortiz KO 1 04/02/1995 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 8-0 Colombia Felix Jose Hernandez TKO 2 15/10/1994 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 7-0 Nicaragua Jaime Mayorga TKO 1 03/09/1994 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 6-0 Colombia Edison Martinez TKO 1 04/06/1994 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 5-0 Colombia Manuel Alvarez SD 8 05/02/1994 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 4-0 Panama Ramon Barrera TKO 1 28/12/1993 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 3-0 Colombia Jorge Eliecer Ortiz TKO 1 04/12/1993 Panama Panama City, Panama
Win 2-0 Dominican Republic Manuel Florian UD 4 16/10/1993 Panama Colon, Panama
Win 1-0 Panama Gabriel Camarena TKO 1 17/07/1993 Panama Panama City, Panama Professional debut

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Preceded by
Firat Arslan
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
September 27, 2008 – October 30, 2012
Status changed
Succeeded by
Denis Lebedev
Interim Champion Promoted
New title WBA Cruiserweight Champion
Champion in Recess

October 30, 2012 – May 17, 2013
Unified
Preceded by
Denis Lebedev
WBA Cruiserweight Champion
May 17, 2013 – October 18, 2013
Status changed
Succeeded by
Denis Lebedev
Reinstated
Vacant WBA Cruiserweight Champion
Champion in Recess

December 14, 2013 – present
Reinstated
Incumbent