Roy Jones Jr   Unan Decision 12 John Ruiz
Date Mar 01, 2003
Time 9 PM/ET
Broadcast HBO PPV
Title WBA
Division Heavyweight
Rounds 12
Venue Thomas & Mack Center
Promotions Don King Promotions


On March 1, 2003, in Las Vegas, Roy Jones defeated John Ruiz, the man who defeated an aging Evander Holyfield, for the WBA heavyweight title. Jones officially weighed in at 193 lb (88 kg) and Ruiz at 226 lb (103 kg). Jones became the first former middleweight title holder to win a heavyweight title in 106 years, though many historians refuse to recognize the accomplishment because Lennox Lewis was the true and lineal champion at the time of the bout. Jones also became the first fighter to start his career as a junior middleweight and win a heavyweight title.


116-112 | 118-110 | 117-111


Roy Jones Jr. fighting at heavyweight was named The Ring Magazine Event of the Year for 2003.

Jones became the first former middleweight world titlist in 106 years to win a heavyweight world title. (Bob Fitzsimmons, 1897)

 Jones never defended his WBA heavyweight title, instead returning to the light heavyweight division.

602,000 PPV buys according to HBO's Mark Taffet.

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