Isiah Jones, a middleweight boxer from Detroit, was shot and killed on Monday evening. He was 28 years old.
According to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation reporting exclusively to NYFights, Jones was shot by his older brother, Timothy Lyman, age 30, over $50.
The shooting took place at approximately 6:26 p.m. at Lyman's house in the 9380 block of Stout Street in Detroit. When officers arrived on scene, Isiah Jones was unresponsive with a large gunshot wound to the right half of his face. Medics arrived shortly thereafter and pronounced the victim deceased.
Our sources say Lyman's girlfriend told authorities a fight had broken out between the two and that Lyman shot Jones in self-defense after the latter grabbed a knife. However, when police were unable to locate the weapon, she was forced to retract her story.
Lyman turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday and has since been charged with second-degree murder and one felony count of possessing a firearm.
According to our sources, Lyman left the gym at around 6 p.m. Monday while Isiah Jones was awaiting his arrival. An argument broke out, which escalated when Lyman grabbed a shotgun and shot Jones in the head before fleeing the scene. Lyman is expected to be arraigned Thursday afternoon in 36th District Court in Detroit.
Isiah Jones (9-7, 3 KOs), a 2016 Golden Gloves champion, who turned pro the same year, won his first eight bouts under the tutelage of Greg Coverson, a former pro boxer who notably fought Hector Camacho in November 1982 at Showboat Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Isiah Jones also fought three times at “The Bubble” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas as part of Top Rank's pandemic-era boxing cards on ESPN. Below, Isiah Jones versus Wendy Touissant in May 2021.
Furthermore, he also competed on the Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith undercard when he suffered a first-round TKO against Austin “Ammo” Williams in December 2020.
Isiah Jones turned 28 on July 23. He leaves behind two children.