LaTondria Jones was born on June 10, 1986 in Washington DC. Her family moved to Lexington, South Carolina when she was 8 years old. She is the youngest of four and the only girl. As a result of growing up with her brothers as her role models, Jones gained the mindset that whatever they could do she could do too. In high school she actively participated in track & field, basketball, wrestling, and cheerleading.
At the age of 17, she visited a local boxing gym in Lexington with her cousin. That’s when Jones realized that she wanted to be a boxer. After watching her cousin’s sparring session, she decided to give it a try. Jones shocked everyone with the force and power delivered in each of her punches. At that point Jones’ mind was set on pursuing a career in boxing. She wasn’t scared of trying to succeed in what many call, “a man’s world.” In fact, it only fueled her desire to prove everyone wrong. By 2008, Jones had made her way to Atlanta, Georgia where she began training with Willie Perkins. She would frequent the Atlanta Art of Boxing and Hitsville Boxing Gym—determined to improve her skills as a fighter.
In 2012, she met Lanell Bellows [also signed under the Mayweather Promotions banner] while at one of his fights in Phoenix, Arizona. Bellows encouraged her to consider coming to Las Vegas to visit the Mayweather Boxing Club. In March 2012, Jones came to Las Vegas and had a training session with Roger Mayweather. He was impressed by her power and versatility, and insisted that she stay in Las Vegas and continue her training at the gym. Jones frequented the Mayweather Boxing Club, where she continued with her training consistently for 3 years before Floyd Mayweather offered an opportunity to join his growing stable of rising stars.
Jones is the first woman to sign a contract with Mayweather Promotions. She made her pro debut and earned her first win by way of a second round KO against Conswella Lucas on October 31, 2015 at the NRG Arena in Houston. On February 16, 2016, Jones added another win to her record when she defeated Latasha Burton by unanimous decision. Jones currently trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club under the guidance of Chris Ben-Tchavtchavadze.
According to Jones, boxing has given her the confidence and strength to pick herself up no matter how many times life has knocked her down. At one point, Jones was facing 24 years in prison and was slowly watching her world crumble around her. Jones feels like boxing has given her a second chance to make better choices with her life. She continues to work toward a brighter future for her and her young daughter.
If she wasn’t a boxer, Jones believes she would have become a veterinarian. The animal lover wouldn’t limit herself to just cats and dogs. Jones says she wouldn’t hesitate at the chance to care for lions or tigers. She isn’t easily scared away from a challenge. The only thing that grips her with fear is the possibility of losing. Jones continues to beat the odds stacked up against her, and is determined to beat any opponent put in front of her.