QUOTE (SmartyBeardo @ Dec 7 2010, 10:13 AM)
Yet, he is in control of his eating habits, so I would not say that "it is a shame." JT should have made the move out of a physical profession some years ago. I moved away from the more physically demanding work in my early 30's. The amount of time it took for conditioning was the determining factor. I immediately went from a constantly (over) trained 190 to 215- although I conditioned far harder than normal humans. Marriage to a woman who believes in keeping her husband well fed and long work hours have been my excuses for ballooning like Toney, but it really comes down to personal choices.
It is easy to make fun and/or criticize others from behind a computer screen. I'm not interested in walking in another person's shoes or stealing them. While JT is in the public eye by choice it does not mean that we know all the reasons behind his choices.
Thuggishness only gets you so far.
I honestly do not know how I should take your post. But hear is my response to the way I take it.
Toney has never had control of eating habits, back as far as the Tiberi fight he had issues. He also had issues in the Roy Jones fight losing weight the wrong way.
As for now, he could still be competing if he took better care of his body and ate better. Sure they are his "personal choices", but he is also a professional athlete which being in prime condition is pretty much one of the most important factors. As far as the age factor, means nothing. Sorry but I can name many fighters in their late 30's and 40's that still can get in good physical condition(Hopkins, Holyfield, Glen Johnson, etc.). And Toney has had issues with weight for a long time now, this just is not something recent.
We all know Toney likes to be in the gym and train, BUT it is his eating habits IMO which have always plagued him. It is pretty simple to see considering his body shape for years now. I also know first hand that it is more to do with diet than conditioning when controlling ones weight. You can do all the conditioning in the world, but if you are constantly pigging out and not taking care of your body, you are still going to be overweight. I know it is harder as you get older but its still attainable, but sorry and I love Toney, but it is pathetic the shape he comes to fights. He is a professional fighter, their ONLY job, the least he can do is come fit and ready for himself and the paying fans.
I am not touching your last two brief paragraphs.