Eva Jones


Eva Jones

Eva Jones-Young (b. July 14 1964, South Bend, Indiana), better known as Eva Jones or under her nickname Sweet Magic, is a former female boxer from the United States. Jones was known around the world of women's boxing for beating some of the best fighters of her time. She was a world champion in the Bantamweight division from 1998 to 1999. Her professional boxing license number was IN046360.

On November 9 1996, Jones began her professional boxing career, beating Deirdre Rodriguez by a four-round split decision in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On March 3 1997, she beat Anissa Zamarron by a four-round unanimous decision in Houston, Texas.

In her fifth fight, August 14 1997, she suffered her first professional defeat, when she boxed Para Draine at Worley, Idaho, losing a four-round unanimous decision. But she rebounded from that loss with a first-round knockout, which was also her first career knockout victory, against top prospect, Kim Jeffryes, on September 9.

Jones won three more bouts, including Delia Gonzalez on October 24 1997, whom Jones defeated in Tula, Mississippi by a unanimous six-round decision. Then on January 10 1998 she faced IBA world Bantamweight champion Theresa Arnold for the vacant IWBF world Bantamweight title. Jones became a world champion and, at the same time, the only person to defeat Arnold as a professional, with a seventh-round knockout win in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On March 24 1998, she claimed the WIBF world Bantamweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Cheryll Robinson. After winning a non-title bout, she and Draine had a rematch, on November 12 1998 in Kansas City, Missouri, and Jones avenged her defeat, handing Draine an eight-round decision loss in another non-title bout.

To defend her WIBF title, Jones travelled to Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she lost the title to Margaret Sidoroff, by a ten-round split decision, on February 26 1999.

Immediately after, she was given a second chance at becoming world Bantamweight champion, when she boxed "Downtown Leona Brown" for Brown's IFBA world Bantamweight championship, on June 11 of that same year. Jones became world Bantamweight champion for the second time, when she defeated Brown by a ten-round decision, in Bossier City, Louisiana.

On July 23, she beat Jamilia Lawrence by decision in a non-title fight, but on February 5 2000, she lost to Michele Aboro by a tenth-round knockout in Germany for the WIBF's vacant world Super Bantamweight fight, in what has been her last fight.

Jones had a record of 13 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw (tie), with 5 wins by knockout.


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