Inside Roy Jones Jr’s Middleweight & Heavyweight Boxing Titles.
On March 1, 2003, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Roy Jones defeated John Ruiz, the man who defeated an aging Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title in front of 15,300 fans. Jones officially weighed in at 193 lb (88 kg) and Ruiz at 226 lbs. Jones became the first former Middleweight title holder to win a Heavyweight title in 106 years, Jones also became the first fighter to start his career as a light middleweight and win a heavyweight title Jones was guaranteed $10 million against 60% of the profits. Ruiz had no guarantee. He received 40% of the profits, which he had to share with promoter Don King. Jones won on all three scorecards (116-112, 118-110 & 117-111). According to Mark Taffet, HBO’s Senior Vice-President of Sports Operations and Pay-Per-View, the fight generated 602,000 pay-per-view buys. Watch the full fight here.