Roy Jones Jr. was born on January 16, 1969 in Pensacola Florida. Unlike
called Barth, outside Pensacola, when many others developed there s in the
city ghettoes. He was the oldest of five. He had three sisters and onr brother.
interest in boxing, by play sparring with him when he was only five. Roy Sr.
said, I d let him pounch me in the head. When I pounched him, he d get
mad and run off and cry. Then he d come back and want to do more. When
we d finish I let him get the best of me. Roy Sr. was also a former
middleweight competitor. Roy s dad made Roy Jr. to fight a 14 yr. old when
Roy himself was only 10. The boy out weighed him by 16 lbs.
The training facilities weren t to Roy Sr. s standard so he constructed
his own ring in a pasture and fmade a punching bag with scrap materials.
Local kids watched as Roy s father taught him the fundamentals of boxing.
Soon they got interested and a boxing club was formed. Roy Sr. used his
had to ask others that he knew for money to take the kids to boxing
old rickety van, which doors were held with metal wire.
By the time Roy was 19 he had a amatuer record of 106-4 and became
the yungest member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic boxing team. In public the
saw how he dominated his opponents with cobonations from many different
weight class. Like everyone thought he reached the final round. His
Park s face was beaten while Roy s face seemed untouched. The crowd and
the Journalist at ringside all thought that Roy had unanamously won the fight,
because Roy also had two standing eight counts along with everything else.
Three of the five judges scored the fight for Park though. They were the ones
cheated. Even Parker himself was suprised, he even later admitted that Jones
had bested him. To make up for the unfairness the International Boxing
Association gave Roy the Val Barker Cup. The later investigation found out
that two of the three judges had been had been wined and dinedby their
Korean hosts. No evidence was found on the third judge though so Roy had
to settle for the silver medal.