Junior Jones

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Junior Jones
Al Cole and Junior Jones.jpg
Jones (right) with Al Cole, 2010
Statistics
Nickname(s) Poison
Rated at
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Reach 71 in (180 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1970-12-19) December 19, 1970 (age 46)
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 50
Wins by KO 28
Losses 6

Junior Jones (born December 20, 1970) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2002. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA bantamweight title from 1993 to 1994, and the WBO super bantamweight title from 1996 to 1997. Additionally he held the IBO featherweight title from 1999 to 2000.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur, Jones won the New York Golden Gloves tournament twice.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Jones (third from right) in 2010

Jones made his professional debut on June 8, 1989, scoring a first-round technical knockout against George Young. A further 31 consecutive victories followed, during which Jones defeated Jorge Eliécer Julio to win the WBA bantamweight title on October 23, 1993. Jones made one successful defense, but lost his title after being stopped in eleven rounds by John Michael Johnson on April 22, 1994; they had previously fought on August 10, 1989, with Jones winning by unanimous decision (UD). More than two years later, on November 22, 1996, Jones scored his most significant victory by handing then-undefeated Marco Antonio Barrera his first loss to win the WBO super bantamweight title, thus becoming a two-weight world champion.[2] A minor controversy arose at the end of their fight when Barrera's cornermen entered the ring after he had been knocked down in the fifth round, which forced the referee to disqualify Barrera rather than award a stoppage to Jones. In their rematch, which took place on April 18, 1997, Jones won a close UD to defend his title.

On December 19, 1997, Jones lost the title after being stopped in four rounds by 1988 Olympic gold medalist Kennedy McKinney.[3] In his next fight, on September 12, 1998, Jones was again stopped in the fourth round, this time by WBC super bantamweight champion Érik Morales. On April 10, 1999, Jones won the vacant IBO featherweight title with a late stoppage of Richard Evatt in the eleventh round.[4] In his first defense, on April 29, 2000, he lost the title to IBF featherweight champion Paul Ingle in yet another eleventh-round stoppage.[5] Jones' final fight, on December 6, 2002, was a ten-round UD loss to Ivan Alvarez.[1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
56 fights 50 wins 6 losses
By knockout 28 5
By decision 21 1
By disqualification 1 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
56 Loss 50–6 Ivan Alvarez UD 10 Dec 6, 2002 Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
55 Win 50–5 Johnny Walker UD 10 Aug 29, 2002 Arena Boxing Gym, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
54 Win 49–5 Mike Juárez KO 7 (12), 1:05 Oct 20, 2001 Stratosphere, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant IBA Continental super featherweight title
53 Win 48–5 Manuel Sepeda UD 10 Apr 19, 2001 Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
52 Loss 47–5 Paul Ingle TKO 11 (12), 1:16 Apr 29, 2000 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost IBO featherweight title;
For IBF featherweight title
51 Win 47–4 Tracy Harris Patterson MD 10 Nov 12, 1999 The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
50 Win 46–4 Richard Evatt TKO 11 (12), 2:31 Apr 10, 1999 MEN Arena, Manchester, England Won vacant IBO featherweight title
49 Win 45–4 Tom Johnson UD 12 Feb 17, 1999 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Won vacant IBA super featherweight title
48 Loss 44–4 Érik Morales TKO 4 (12), 2:55 Sep 12, 1998 Bullring by the Sea, Tijuana, Mexico For WBC super bantamweight title
47 Loss 44–3 Kennedy McKinney TKO 4 (12), 2:41 Dec 19, 1997 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBO super bantamweight title
46 Win 44–2 Marco Antonio Barrera UD 12 Apr 18, 1997 Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBO super bantamweight title
45 Win 43–2 Marco Antonio Barrera DQ 5 (12), 2:59 Nov 22, 1996 Beacon Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S. Won WBO super bantamweight title;
Barrera disqualified after his cornermen entered the ring too early
44 Win 42–2 Tommy Parks TKO 5 (10), 1:15 Sep 10, 1996 Beacon Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.
43 Win 41–2 Wilson Santos UD 10 Aug 20, 1996 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
42 Win 40–2 Orlando Canizales SD 12 Mar 23, 1996 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won IBC super bantamweight title
41 Win 39–2 Armando Navarro TKO 1 (10), 1:30 Jan 12, 1996 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
40 Win 38–2 Alberto Rendon UD 10 Dec 2, 1995 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
39 Win 37–2 Tomas Valdez TKO 2 Oct 6, 1995 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
38 Win 36–2 Jesus Chavez KO 3 Sep 9, 1995 Forth Worth, Texas, U.S.
37 Win 35–2 Shawn Wilkins PTS 10 May 19, 1995 New York City, New York, U.S.
36 Win 34–2 Nelson Ramon Medina UD 10 Mar 11, 1995 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
35 Loss 33–2 Darryl Pinckney TKO 3 (10) Oct 22, 1994 Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
34 Win 33–1 Orlando Fernandez UD 10 Jun 12, 1994 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
33 Loss 32–1 John Michael Johnson TKO 11 (12), 1:21 Apr 22, 1994 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA bantamweight title
32 Win 32–0 Elvis Álvarez UD 12 Jan 8, 1994 Friar Tuck Inn, Catskill, New York, U.S. Retained WBA bantamweight title
31 Win 31–0 Jorge Eliécer Julio UD 12 Oct 23, 1993 Sands, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won WBA bantamweight title
30 Win 30–0 Francisco Alvarez TKO 12 (12), 2:40 Aug 10, 1993 Memorial Auditorium, Greenville, South Carolina, U.S. Retained WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
29 Win 29–0 Francisco Gomez TKO 2 (10), 1:19 Jun 24, 1993 Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.
28 Win 28–0 Juan Pablo Salazar KO 4 (12), 1:17 Mar 6, 1993 Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title
27 Win 27–0 Felizardo Carrasco TKO 2 (10), 2:00 Jan 15, 1993 Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
26 Win 26–0 Jose Quirino KO 3 (12), 0:44 Nov 13, 1992 Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained USBA bantamweight title
25 Win 25–0 Eddie Rangel TKO 7 (12), 0:14 Sep 17, 1992 Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained USBA bantamweight title
24 Win 24–0 Max Gomez UD 10 Aug 20, 1992 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 Arturo Nava TKO 1 (10), 2:36 Jun 23, 1992 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, New York, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 Diego Avila TKO 5 (10), 2:59 Mar 6, 1992 Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon, New York, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 Dadoy Andujar TKO 9 (12), 2:23 Dec 12, 1991 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won vacant USBA bantamweight title
20 Win 20–0 Rolando Bohol UD 10 Oct 24, 1991 Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 Ramon Solis TKO 2 (10), 3:00 Aug 15, 1991 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 Alejandro Sanabria TKO 7 (10), 1:16 Jun 13, 1991 The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Jose Luis Vegagil UD 10 May 2, 1991 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Juan Carazo MD 10 Mar 1, 1991 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Marcos Claudio TKO 2 (8), 1:28 Jan 20, 1991 Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Claudemir Carvalho Dias TKO 2 (8) Dec 13, 1990 Steel Pier, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Felix Marti TKO 6 (8), 2:16 Oct 18, 1990 Community War Memorial, Rochester, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Adan Aviles KO 1, 1:57 Sep 27, 1990 Waterloo Village, Byram Township, New Jersey, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 Anthony Barela UD 8 Aug 5, 1990 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 Angel Gonzalez TKO 2, 2:47 Jun 24, 1990 Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Guadalupe Barajas KO 1 (8) May 18, 1990 Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon, New York, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Fermin Rodriguez KO 4 Mar 30, 1990 Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 Angel Gonzalez UD 6 Feb 20, 1990 Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 Carlos Reyna TKO 2 (6), 2:40 Jan 12, 1990 Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Ruben Nevarez TKO 5 Nov 16, 1989 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Charlie Montana KO 2 Sep 14, 1989 Beacon Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 John Michael Johnson UD 4 Aug 10, 1989 Felt Forum, New York City, New York, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 Quincy Pratt PTS 4 Jun 23, 1989 Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 George Young TKO 1 Jun 8, 1989 Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jones, Michael J (May 2013). "Junior Jones; "Barrera is a sore loser..Naz didn't want to fight me"". Live Fight. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Smith, Timothy W. (Septemer 3, 1998). "Boxing: Notebook; Junior Jones Likes His Chances". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Fischer, Doug. "Best I Faced: Kennedy McKinney". The Ring. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Evatt Fails Against Junior Jones". Coventry & Warwickshire News. April 10, 1999. Retrieved December 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ingle survives scare to win". BBC Sport. BBC. April 30, 2000. Retrieved December 24, 2016.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Eddie Cook
USBA bantamweight champion
December 12, 1991 – March 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Mario Diaz
Vacant
Title last held by
Clarence Adams
WBC Continental Americas bantamweight champion
March 6, 1993 – October 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Armando Salazar
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Orlando Canizales
IBC super bantamweight champion
March 23, 1996 – November 1996
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Max Gomez
Vacant
Title last held by
Gregorio Vargas
IBA super featherweight champion
February 17, 1999 – October 1999
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jose Luis Castillo
Vacant
Title last held by
Radford Beasley
IBO featherweight champion
April 10, 1999 – April 29, 2000
Succeeded by
Paul Ingle
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Jorge Eliécer Julio
WBA bantamweight champion
October 23, 1993 – April 22, 1994
Succeeded by
John Michael Johnson
Preceded by
Marco Antonio Barrera
WBO super bantamweight champion
Nov 22, 1996 – December 19, 1997
Succeeded by
Kennedy McKinney