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Pensacola’s Roy Jones Jr. paved his own way to Boxing Hall of Fame

Roy Jones Jr. was set on doing it his way 33 years ago when entering the professional boxing world.

His way landed him on boxing’s pantheon.

One of Pensacola’s greatest athletes, among the most revered in his sport, Jones, 53, received the highest honor Sunday when he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

He is part of a nine-member 2022 class which includes James Toney, also 53, who defeated Jones in 1994 – a 12-round unanimous decision for a super middleweight title.

The Hall of Fame ceremony Sunday, which ends a four-day set of events at this venue, is billed as a “Trilogy,” since it will also enshrine classes from 2020 and 2021 – events canceled by the ongoing coronavirus.

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