Fighting for the first time since finally ending an illustrious 29-year, 75-bout career - one that brought him world titles in four different weight classes - in 2018, the 51-year-old Jones Jr battled his fellow boxing legend in a high-profile, eight-round exhibition contest.
Saturday’s event - which also featured wins for YouTube star Jake Paul over former NBA player Nate Robinson and for ex-two-weight world champion Badou Jack - took place at Staples Center - home of multiple sports teams including the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fighting in the arena where Bryant played most of his 20-year NBA career, Jones Jr paid tribute to the basketball icon who tragically died along with 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California in January.
He sported gloves in Lakers purple and gold that were adorned with pictures of Bryant and the latter’s old jersey numbers - 8 and 24 - on each hand as well as wearing a purple and gold robe to the ring.
“My contribution to Kobe Bryant,” Jones Jr said while presenting his gloves in his post-fight interview.
"Yes sir (in his building). I had to give a tribute to Kobe because he was my latest greatest.
“Michael Jordan will always be my no1 favourite, but Kobe and [Allen] Iverson are right next second and third, and LeBron [James].”