In 1998, Jones began by knocking out former light heavyweight and future cruiserweight champion Virgil Hill in four rounds with a huge right hand to the body that broke one of Hill's ribs.   Jones followed that with a win against WBA light heavyweight champion Lou Del Valle , by a decision in 12 on July 18, to unify the WBC and WBA belts. Jones had to climb off the canvas for the first time in his career, as he was dropped in round eight, but continued to outbox Del Valle throughout the rest of the fight and gained a unanimous decision. Jones then followed with a defense against Otis Grant . He retained the crown by knocking Grant out in ten rounds.   
“He sure has grown up. I love this guy. I met Jake years ago before he did End of Watch , and I saw something in him. I told him he needed to do more masculine films because I could see he had this power in him, and good size, and great expressive eyes. When I met him I said, ‘You’ve got to start doing that.’ And I watched him start. Working with him was a great experience because he’s so committed and gives his heart. You’re going to see in this movie, how far he has come. I asked this guy from day one, ‘I need you in the gym every day. I need you to train every day.’ And I said, ‘The word is sacrifice.’
There ain’t no surprise here. As to this fight possibly being fixed. Don’t be shocked if it is or if its not, We pay for entertainment in this life today . and that goes for any sport . But when it comes to huge events the hype is what extracts the money from the people to view IT no matter the reality. its showtime soon ladies and gentlemen. and weather it is a fix or not you will all be glued to the screen. waiting to see the blood spill on the canvas. Only thing you wont be seeing are chairs smashed over there heads and the throwing of each other out of the ring. So Lets get ready to Grumble.