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After months of speculation, future Hall of Famer James "Lights Out" Toney made his proposed bout with cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev official when he traveled to Russia to put pen to paper and announce the fight over the weekend. "I told you I would call you from Russia when I put my name on the piece of paper. It's on," stated Toney, who contacted FightHype.com earlier today with the news. Toney, who is now a lot thinner than the heavyweight frame he sported in his last fight, was offered the fight at a catchweight, but he refused in order to avoid any potential excuses following the outcome of the showdown.

"I didn't want a catchweight. I want him at his weight class. **** I may be smaller than him by fight time. I may weigh in at 197 pounds or so when it's all said and done. I don't want any excuses after I whoop his ass," Toney explained. It's no secret that the cruiserweight division is much more popular in Europe than it is here in the United States, but according to Toney, the treatment he's receiving in Russia is second to none. "These fans and media over here know that I'm not Roy Jones Jr. when it comes to fighting. I have a lot more left in the tank than Jones did when he came over here to fight Lebedev. He was done. They treating me like 50 Cent over here in Russia. Wait until I come to do the press tour. They will love me."

Lebedev was last seen knocking out Roy Jones Jr. in May with just 2 seconds remaining in their 10-round bout. Toney, who has twice as many knockouts (44) as Lebedev has wins (22), hasn't been in the ring since February when he won a unanimous decision victory over Damon Reed, when he weighed in at a career high of 257 pounds. Toney will now be returning to the cruiserweight division, a division in which he hasn't fought in since 2003. This fight will also mark only the second time Toney has traveled outside of the country for a fight as a professional in his 84-fight career. The first time was over 20 years ago when he fought in Monaco.


This is the type of mentality every fighter should have, I was pretty happy when I read this, good work on that decision.
King Eugene
I read this yesterday and was thinking the same thing.
JLUVBABY
toneys gonna whip lebedev...
STEVENSKI
I want to see Toney under 200. That will be a far tougher fight for him than Lebedev even if he gets his ass whipped in Russia.
Big Slim Sweet
Toney - at least attitude wise - has always represented everything you could ever want in a fighter. He will truly fight anybody anywhere anytime and he just doesn't give a fuck.

The dramatic loss of weight at his age however concerns me. When you're used to being that fat for that long, you don't realize how much physical strength you can lose when you drop all those pounds. I hope James is sparring his ass off and getting used to what it feels like to fight at that weight again cause it's been a while.
The Ollie Reed Fan Club
QUOTE (Big Slim Sweet @ Sep 28 2011, 02:23 PM) *
Toney - at least attitude wise - has always represented everything you could ever want in a fighter. He will truly fight anybody anywhere anytime and he just doesn't give a fuck.

The dramatic loss of weight at his age however concerns me. When you're used to being that fat for that long, you don't realize how much physical strength you can lose when you drop all those pounds. I hope James is sparring his ass off and getting used to what it feels like to fight at that weight again cause it's been a while.



From what I understand, and maybe Percy could confirm this, is that James has been taking weight off gradually since the Damon Reed fight. If he's been shedding it over a course of 6-8 months he should be OK.
mrchitown
Toney is going to put a beating on Lebedev. As he himself said, he has more in the tank then RJJ @ this stage in his career and RJJ was beating Lebedev until that KO. I'm excited to see Toney back in action
alaganza
James has always been one of my favs. Hope he has one good run left in him.
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE (The Ollie Reed Fan Club @ Sep 27 2011, 08:27 PM) *
From what I understand, and maybe Percy could confirm this, is that James has been taking weight off gradually since the Damon Reed fight. If he's been shedding it over a course of 6-8 months he should be OK.

No doubt if he's been doing it that way it's tremendous for his physical health and well being, I'm just saying I hope he's getting accustomed to fighting at that lesser weight again before stepping in the ring, because he has definitely lost some physical strength as well. It's inevitable. There's a lot of power carried in fat.

Of course, he'll be fighting a smaller man as well, so maybe it will average itself out. I hope so. It would be awesome to have Lights Out back for one more run, with a chance to fight Hopkins and/or Tarver to boot. Now THERE'S your next great 24-7.
alaganza
QUOTE (Big Slim Sweet @ Sep 28 2011, 12:11 AM) *
No doubt if he's been doing it that way it's tremendous for his physical health and well being, I'm just saying I hope he's getting accustomed to fighting at that lesser weight again before stepping in the ring, because he has definitely lost some physical strength as well. It's inevitable. There's a lot of power carried in fat.

Of course, he'll be fighting a smaller man as well, so maybe it will average itself out. I hope so. It would be awesome to have Lights Out back for one more run, with a chance to fight Hopkins and/or Tarver to boot. Now THERE'S your next great 24-7.


Absolutely
Lil-lightsout
After James gets rid of this bum, you know he is going to be calling out the Klits. But that would mean him putting on too much weight(fat) again, that would not be wise. He should fight the Klits weighing around 210lbs max.

But hopefully instead he calls out Tarver or the winner of Hopkins/Dawson fight.
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE (Lil-lightsout @ Sep 27 2011, 11:27 PM) *
After James gets rid of this bum, you know he is going to be calling out the Klits. But that would mean him putting on too much weight(fat) again, that would not be wise. He should fight the Klits weighing around 210lbs max.

But hopefully instead he calls out Tarver or the winner of Hopkins/Dawson fight.

I worry about that too. One fight looking great in shape and he'll be right back to eating his face off thinking he can beat all the heavies. He was already talking about Povetkin.

I love James but he should not be fighting the Klits at 210 or 250.
mgrover
now thats old school, thats how it should be.

nobody should ever fight the klits unless there at least 6ft 4inches in height.
blackbelt2003
Good for Toney...we will miss him in ten years time, so let's make the most of these final couple of years in his career.


I think he should have enough left to deal with Lebedev, and then it would be nice to see him snatch a cruiser belt.



And THEN...how about a series of fights between Toney, Hopkins and Tarver for the cruiser title? Just wow.






Black
STEVENSKI
Toney better watch how he rund his mouth in Russia. Those cats don't play over there & their culture is ridiculously macho.
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