When Roy Jones Jr. defeated James Toney for the tremendous middleweight championship in 1994, they ended up two of the very best pound for pound boxers in the globe.
Eighteen years later on, they will be inducted together into the Intercontinental Boxing Corridor of Fame. Jones and Toney, along with Miguel Cotto, spotlight Boxing Hall’s 2022 course, disclosed on Tuesday.
They are joined by champions Holly Holm and Regina Hamlisch, along with publicist Invoice Caplan, journalist Ron Borges and historian / producer Bob Yalen.
When they are all introduced on June 12 in Canastota, New York, the group will be accompanied by the two earlier classes. Thanks to the pandemic, fighters from these classes – these kinds of as Floyd Mayweather, Andre Ward and Wladimir Klitschko – have however to be sanctioned.
Jones, a single of boxing’s largest stars at his peak, fought perfectly beyond his ideal times, extending the wait for his inescapable area phone. Jones won titles at 160 kilos, 168 and 175 lbs . ahead of clinching a heavyweight title in 2003.
Jones (66-9, 47 KOs) will be best remembered for his sublime pace, reflexes and his amazing capability to deliver punches from all angles. Even for the duration of his prolonged reign as pound-for-pound king, Jones excelled as an analyst for HBO Boxing. The Pensacola, Florida native enters the Corridor in his 1st calendar year of eligibility, but Toney and Cotto experienced to wait around for their 2nd runoff physical appearance.
Toney (77-10-3, 47 KOs), like Jones, continued to struggle until finally he was 40. Recognised as Lights Out, he is regarded as one of the biggest defensive boxers of all time, a boxer whose within engage in is unmatched. He received middleweight and supermedium titles right before surviving Vassiliy Jirov to clinch a cruiserweight title. That bout attained the BWAA Combat of the Calendar year 2003 award.
Toney went on to rating a TKO win above Evander Holyfield at heavyweight and later defeated John Ruiz for a heavyweight title. That title win was nullified right after testing constructive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone.
Jones was also connected to PEDs the testosterone precursor androstenedione was uncovered in his technique pursuing a 2000 victory above Richard Corridor.
Toney, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, owns victories around two Corridor of Fame: Mike McCallum and Holyfield. He was named Boxing Writers’ Fighter of the 12 months in 1991 and 2003. Jones never ever received the award but defeated 5 Hall of Fame: McCallum, Bernard Hopkins, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and now Toney.
Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs) retired at the age of 37 following a shattered defeat to Sadam Ali. 1 of Puerto Rico’s most skilled boxers, Cotto often fought in entrance of the exhausted crowds at Madison Square Backyard garden, thrilling the masses with his ferocious punches.
Cotto won titles at 147 kilos and 154 right before upsetting Sergio Martinez for the middleweight championship. Cotto has competed with a few Hall of Famers all through his vocation: a get over Shane Mosley and losses to Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. Cotto was also defeated by long run Hall of Famer Canelo Alvarez.
Cotto’s defeat to Antonio Margarito in 2008 is a welterweight typical. He then avenged the defeat.