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When Roy Jones Jr. beat James Toney for the tremendous middleweight championship in 1994, they had been 2 of the ideal pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
Eighteen years later, they will be preserved into the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame jointly. Jones and Toney, together with Miguel Cotto, highlight the Boxing Corridors Class of 2022, exposed on Tuesday.
Theyre signed up with by feminine champions Holly Holm and Regina Hamlisch, alongside press agent Invoice Caplan, journalist Ron Borges and historian/producer Bob Yalen.
Once theyre all inducted on June 12 in Canastota, New York, the group may be accompanied by the earlier two courses. Due to the pandemic, fighters from these courses– similar to Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko– have but to be preserved.
Jones, among many greatest stars in boxing at his peak, combated on effectively previous his finest days, extending the await his inescapable passage name. Jones got titles at 160 kilos, 168 and 175 earlier than capturing a heavyweight title in 2003.
2 AssociatedJones (66-9, 47 KOs) might be finest remembered for his sophisticated velocity and reflexes and incredible possible to ship punches from all angles. Even throughout his prolonged reign since the pound-for-pound king, Jones was standing out as an analyst for HBO Boxing. The Pensacola, Florida, native enters the Corridor in his very first yr of eligibility, however Toney and Cotto required to wait for his or her 2nd look on the poll.
Toney (77-10-3, 47 KOs), like Jones, continued to combat on effectively into his 40s. He got titles at middleweight and remarkable middleweight earlier than he outlived Vassiliy Jirov to seize a cruiserweight title.
Toney went on to obtain a TKO triumph over Evander Holyfield at later and heavyweight defeated John Ruiz for a heavyweight title. That title success was reversed after examined constructive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Jones was in addition linked to PEDs; the testosterone precursor androstenedione was present in his system following a 2000 victory over Richard Corridor.
The Pensacola, Florida, native gets in the Corridor in his first yr of eligibility, however Toney and Cotto required to wait for his or her second look on the poll.
Toney, a local of Grand Rapids, Michigan, owns victories over 2 Corridor of Famers: Mike McCallum and Holyfield. Jones by no methods got the award nevertheless defeated 5 Corridor of Famers: McCallum, Bernard Hopkins, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and now Toney.
Cotto completed with three Corridor of Famers throughout his profession: a win over Shane Mosley and losses to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Cotto was in addition beat by future Corridor of Famer Canelo Alvarez.
Toney, a local of Grand Rapids, Michigan, owns victories over 2 Corridor of Famers: Mike McCallum and Holyfield. He was named the boxing authors Fighter of the 12 months in 1991 and 2003. Jones by no ways received the award nevertheless beat 5 Corridor of Famers: McCallum, Bernard Hopkins, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and now Toney.
Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs) retired at age 37 following an upset loss to Sadam Ali. A few of the accomplished boxers from Puerto Rico, Cotto routinely fought earlier than sellout crowds at Madison Sq. Yard, delighting the plenty together with his relentless physique punching.
Cotto received titles at 147 kilos and 154 earlier than he disturbed Sergio Martinez for the middleweight champion. Cotto completed with three Corridor of Famers throughout his profession: a win over Shane Mosley and losses to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Cotto was additionally defeated by future Corridor of Famer Canelo Alvarez.
Cottos loss to Antonio Margarito in 2008 is a welterweight fundamental. He later on avenged the defeat.