Boxer Isiah Jones has died at the age of 28 amid reports that he was shot during a dispute with a member of his family.
Jones, who starred during the bubble events of Top Rank on ESPN, was shot in his home town of Detroit. The Detroit Police Department said on Monday evening that a man aged 28 was killed in an incident involving a relative at approximately 6:26pm.
DAZN boxing correspondent Corey Erdman said on Tuesday: “Received the horrible news that middleweight Isiah Jones was killed last night.”
With trainer Roshawn Jones tweeted: “Lost his life yesterday in a tragic event! Please keep his family in your prayers.”
Under the guidance of Roshawn and Kenneth Ross, Isiah won each of his first eight professional bouts after winning the 2016 National Golden Gloves.
Having lost seven fights in a row after leaving that camp, his last bout came in a points defeat against Andrew Murphy in July. He was thought to be training for a return to the ring at the time of his passing.
Jones, who had a sensational amateur record of 52-2, had three professional knock-outs to his name, last beating the undefeated Donte Stubbs back in 2020.
Alongside an emotional video, trainer Roshawn wrote on Twitter: “Isaiah Jones (9-7-0) is a Pro Boxer out of Detroit, Michigan, a fellow member of Soul City Boxing and Wrestling Gym, our last fight was against Roy jones jr Promotion Team!”
Tributes for the boxer have since been made on social media, with one fan writing: “Terrible tragedy. Condolences.”
With a second writing: “Terrible news. R.I.P.” And a third typing: “Rest in Peace Isiah.”
A fourth added: “Boxing has so many heartbreaking stories.” With a fifth agreeing: “Damn, and just turned 28.”