Toney decided to try other ventures in the sport of combat. Toney was still ranked the world’s best boxer as he faced the similarly unbeaten Roy Jones Jr in a fight worth a $30m HBO contract for Toney if he won. His moniker of "Lights Out" was also given by either Gregory or his son. Toney moved up to the 168 lbs Super Middleweight division, a weight Toney felt would be to his advantage, after struggling to make the Middleweight limit of 160 lbs. "[5] Toney also lost a significant amount of weight to begin his boxing career, having weighed 205 lbs. [12] Toney also won a split decision title defense against Reggie Johnson in June 1991, retained his title with a draw against former WBA champ Mike McCallum in December 1991, and again against McCallum, this time by a majority decision, in December 1992. The win also earned Toney the Ring Magazine Fighter Of The Year award. The return bout was held in Hollywood, Florida, on January 6, 2007, and Toney once again lost to Peter, this time by unanimous decision. On March 3, it was confirmed by White that the two had agreed and signed a multifight deal with the company, at the age of 42. "[2] He has also made a one-time appearance in mixed martial arts, losing to Randy Couture at UFC 118. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. [30], Won vacant WBF (Foundation) heavyweight title. He won the Michigan Middleweight title in 1990, knocking out Philip Morefield in the 1st round. [17], On September 23, 2004, Toney faced off with Rydell Booker. On April 7, 2012 Toney fought Bobby Gunn and won by a fifth round stoppage due to a hand injury sustained by Gunn. Toney's next bout came on December 13, 2008, against Fres Oquendo. Toney, who entered as a 20-to-1 underdog, was down on all three judges' scorecards, but landed a left hook that put Nunn on the canvas in the eleventh round, and eventually scored a stoppagevictory. [22] This was recognized as a world title by the International Boxing Union, a minor boxing organization. Going into the 12th and final round, with the scores fairly even and the fight in the balance, Toney knocked the undefeated Jirov down in the 12th. An accidental clash of heads to the outside of Rahman's brow opening a cut above Rahman's left eye to the inside of the brow leading to the stoppage. Toney, 51, made his name in the middleweight and super-middleweight division, but also won a title at light-heavyweight. Toney also challenged twice for a world heavyweight title in 2005 and 2006, and was victorious the first time but was later stripped due to a failed drug test. [12] Toney was released from his contract with the UFC. For Toney's performance he was awarded comeback of the year and named fighter of the year. He possessed fast hand speed and respectable punching power throughout his career and is also noted for his toughness, having never lost any of his 92 professional bouts via stoppage. [7] In his 7th pro fight, Toney's manager, Johnny "Ace" Smith, was killed. [24][25] Toney was later coached by Trevor Sherman. [3] This led to the New York Athletic Commission changing the bout's official outcome to a "no-contest", deducting the win from Toney's career record and banning him from boxing for 90 days. In the quarter final, Toney faced English journeyman Matt Legg, and won by TKO in the third round, advancing to the semi finals. After a shaky first round, Toney picked apart Holyfield with shots to the body and head before stopping him in the 9th round. Toney defended himself by claiming that the steroids were given to him by a doctor to treat the arm injury he suffered during the Rydell Booker fight.[19]. James Toney: He ain't heavy; He's a heavyweight! The fight was Jones' first at Super Middleweight; Jones vacated his Middleweight belt to challenge Toney on November 18, 1994. His October 4, 2003, victory over aging former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was Toney's entry into the heavyweight division. After taking some time off from the ring, Toney came back in 1999, seemingly focused on reclaiming his status as an elite fighter. [16], As far back as Toney's middleweight years, he insisted that he would one day be the heavyweight champion of the world. The first fight was held in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2006. On July 16, 2008, Toney's rematch against Hasim Rahman was stopped in the third round. As a teen, Toney was often involved in street fighting and sold crack cocaine. [27] Couture scored a takedown against Toney early in the first round, and went on to submit Toney with an arm-triangle choke. Both fights were WBC eliminator bouts for the belt held by Oleg Maskaev. Immediately afterward, Toney moved up to heavyweight. So I went into boxing. He won the 1983 and 1984 West Michigan Division Junior Title (156 lb), 1987 Novice Golden Gloves in Manchester (156 lb), 1987 Michigan Silver Gloves (156 lb) and 1988 Ohio State Fair (156 lb), Toney had his first professional fight on October 26, 1988, beating Stephen Lee by a technical knockout in the second round. A score of 114-114 was overruled by scores of 117-110 and 118-110 for James Toney. On April 7, 2012 Toney fought Bobby Gunn and won by a fifth round stoppage due to a hand injury sustained by Gunn. Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, James Toney called out Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, Tyson shocked fans after revealing he would make a comeback to compete in exhibition bout to raise money for charity, Holyfield confirmed he would box again but not as a professional, Tyson Fury's dad John, 55, claims he's willing to DIE against Mike Tyson as he calls 53-year-old legend out for fight. He outpointed Dave Tiberi in a split decision that was so controversial, it prompted United States Senator William Roth of Delaware to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the sport. In August 2002, Toney beat Jason Robinson in an IBF Cruiserweight title elimination fight. With Toney now a title holder at 168 lbs, alongside Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and his old nemesis Michael Nunn, the division was now one of the strongest in boxing. “If they want to do it, give me a call. Toney was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.[3] At around age 11, Toney first entered a boxing gym, but did not seriously pursue the sport until graduating high school. He defeated Mike Sheppard by sixth round stoppage; winning the WBF heavyweight title. In his bout after the Ruiz fight, Toney won a unanimous decision victory over former heavyweight contender Dominic Guinn. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. A draw with Sanderline Williams was the first blemish on Toney's record, although he beat Williams by unanimous decision three months later and in early 1991 he beat Merqui Sosa in a minor upset, between the two top-10-rated contenders. [5], On February 13, 1993, Toney challenged Iran Barkley for the IBF super middleweight title. During this bout, Toney suffered a bad cut which caused the referee and ringside doctor to intervene before round 4, allowing him one more round to try to end the fight. [20] James won via TKO victory in round two. He said: “To all those bringing up my name in these exhibition fights… count me in. Last week, Toney's boxing promoter Dan Goossen challenged Couture to do the same thing Toney did… [26], His debut fight was against UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010. [5], Toney was spotted in attendance at UFC 108 on January 2, 2010, which led to talks between him and UFC President Dana White regarding fighting in the organization. [8][9] Toney was later coached by Trevor Sherman. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Huron High School. Afterwards, Jackie Kallen was hired as his manager. Following the bout, Toney once again tested positive for boldenone and stanozolol and was fined $2500 and banned from boxing for a year, Toney appealed the suspension and it was reduced to 6 months after he appeared before the CSAC and claimed he did not knowingly take any steroids and suggested that he was set up and someone had tampered with his water bottle. However, Toney failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. The most noteworthy was Toney's split decision win over Dave Tiberi in a fight that many experts feel Toney lost. The reformed Baddest Man on the Planet has been back in training for three weeks, doing daily cardio sessions and boxing work-outs at his California home with MMA mastermind Rafael Cordeiro. In his second defense, Toney beat the 24-0 Tim Littles by a 4th round KO. [13], Toney won five fights throughout 1993, then defeated Tony "The Punching Postman" Thornton in his 1st title defense in October, via a landslide points victory. Overall, he competed in fifteen world title fights across four weight classes. Initially, the fight was called as a TKO win for Toney, but this was overruled by the California State Athletic Commission and the fight was declared no-contest. On February 24, 2011, Toney made his return to boxing and won a ten-round unanimous decision against Damon Reed. Rahman went on to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, IBO and WBO Heavyweight titles in his next fight. He beat old foe Mike McCallum in February 1997, but then lost to journeyman Drake Thadzi in his next fight. Toney was never competitive throughout the bout after encountering problems with his left knee during round two, and the judges all had it 108 - 120.

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