James Toney Loses Weight, Wins Fight and Calls Out the "Klitschko Sisters"

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↵First of all, check out the 41-year-old "Lights Out" in this interview ↵below, after his second-round stoppage of Matthew Greer this past ↵Saturday night. ↵
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↵By all accounts, Toney looked very good in disposing of Greer, ↵although I confess that I don’t know why anyone is surprised at the ↵outcome given that in his two previous fights Greer lost an ↵eight-rounder to Brian Minto and was stopped in three rounds by Kevin ↵Johnson. Who in their right mind thinks that James Toney isn't going to ↵walk through someone who just lost a decision to Brian Minto? ↵
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↵But then, the real news coming out of this thing wasn't the speed of Toney's victory. It was the size of Toney's waistline. ↵
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↵For ↵years now, it's seemed that every time Toney stepped into the ring, it ↵was to prove some kind of bizarrely stubborn point - that a man who ↵obviously cared not a whit for his own fitness nevertheless could rely ↵on his God-given talent and compete as a legit heavyweight boxer. ↵
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↵The results of that experiment surprisingly were not great. After ↵Toney schooled Evander Holyfield back in 2003 (and allow me to point ↵out that the Real Deal was completely shot even then), ↵one could have been forgiven for thinking that "Lights Out" was going ↵to establish himself as a force with the big boys after having won ↵world titles at middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight. ↵
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↵Alas, James got seriously fat. Jelly-bellied, wiggle-jiggle, ↵man-titty fat. He dabbled in 'roids, and then he more than dabbled in ↵food. His undeniable ruggedness and admittedly vast, old-school ↵skill-set combined with the lackluster nature of his opponents - John ↵Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Sam Peter - allowed him to remain competitive while ↵tipping the scales at close to 240. But it was very hard to see him as ↵anything but an entertaining sideshow, let alone take him seriously in ↵his ever more grandiose claims that he would someday unify the ↵heavyweight belts.
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↵It's… well, it's still difficult to take him seriously on that score. ↵But at least it seems like he's actually training for his fights now. ↵He came in at just over 217 pounds for the Greer fight, his lowest ↵official weight since the Holyfield fight in 2003. After the bout he ↵admitted what he'd previously refused to admit depite the fact that it ↵was patently obvious to anyone paying attention. "When I was heavier," ↵he said, "I felt like I was losing my speed and my stamina." No ↵kidding, James. Really? ↵
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↵Toney then said that if he could get a fight with one of "the ↵Klitschko sisters" he would try and come in at around 210. Not that ↵he's ever going to get a fight with either of the Brothers K, but I ↵have to point out that it's a strange thing indeed to hear a 5'10" ↵former middleweight claim that his recent weight loss is good reason to ↵believe that he's a worthy competitor for two men who both stand around ↵6'6", 240. Then again, this is James Toney we’re talking about here. ↵Reason is not his strong suit.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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