Originally Posted by BatTheMan
Jones never fought a top 3 opponent after Toney. He had 6 fights at 168 after beating him. Of those fights he beat an unranked Thornton, a suspected juiced lightweight in Pazienza, a past it Byrd, a never was in Sosa, a young non-threat in Lucas and a veteran of 16 fights in Brannon.
So the deserving fighters Jones didn't fight is these guys:
That was at SMW. At LHW DM is the frontrunner.
Like you say, he only had 6 fights.
He embarrassed the best fighter at 168, knew he wouldn't be able to unify the division, so he hung around for just a little while and then moved up.
Out of your list you can exclude, Benn, Eubank and Liles straight away, for reasons already discussed.
What was Collins doing between 94-96? He beat a faded Eubank for the WBO.
Go and look at who they all fought between 94-96.
Half of them didn't do anything to get a fight with Roy.