James Toney, born on this present day in 1968, discusses eight of his finest performances
Michael Nunn (W RSF 11)
Davenport, IA (Might 10, 1991)
I used to be dropping to Nunn as a result of I misplaced the main target of what I went in there for – to win the [IBF 160lb] world title – and was making an attempt to knock him out with one shot. [Trainer] Invoice [Miller] stated: ‘We didn’t come up right here for this. Do what we did within the coaching camp.’ As soon as I received again into my sport plan, I began to convey him down. I knew after the tenth that in yet one more spherical he’d be gone.
Mike McCallum I (D PTS 12)
Atlantic Metropolis, NJ (Dec 13, 1991)
I received that combat. They only saved him for an additional one with the draw. He is aware of who received. Mike was the very best fighter I ever fought. Earlier than I fought him, I used to be not as cute as I used to be after we fought. Every thing he did made me assume and work.
Iran Barkley (W RTD 9)
Las Vegas, NV (Feb 13, 1993)
Iran did a whole lot of speaking, making an attempt to intimidate me, however you possibly can’t intimidate the intimidator or bully the bully. I’m not a bully within the sense of making an attempt to bully common folks. I’m a bully for a dwelling and I find it irresistible. I despatched him house crying.
Tim Littles (W RSF 4)
Los Angeles, CA (Mar 5, 1994)
I didn’t understand it was blood [from a cut to the left eye]. I simply thought I used to be sweating an excessive amount of, then noticed it after I tried to wipe it off. I at all times stated that if I see purple then it means you’re useless, so I took him out. I’m a shark and you realize what a shark does when he sees blood. Littles was the primary contender, he was additionally from Michigan, so I needed to present him who was the very best.
Evander Holyfield (W RSF 9)
Las Vegas, NV (Oct 4, 2003)
Holyfield was the very best heavyweight out of him, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. Mike was nice, however you possibly can’t grow to be a fantastic fighter should you give up, and Mike give up. Mike was the person when he was in form and able to go, then time got here on and also you noticed his coronary heart depart him. When the guts leaves you, you give up. Holyfield was very robust mentally and bodily, however I broke him. Boxing him was a fantastic expertise – I had enjoyable beating him up. As I stated after the combat: ‘I instructed you so.’
Charles Williams (W KO 12)
Las Vegas, NV (Jul 29, 1994)
WILLIAMS was a tricky man. I used to be getting headbutted quite a bit in that combat. My eye was swollen from him rubbing that Jheri curl juice in my face. Invoice instructed me to stay to the sport plan. I assumed: ‘Nope, I’m going to get him.’ I noticed the opening for that proper hand and bang! – that was his ass.
Vassily Jirov (W PTS 12)
Mashantucket, CT (Apr 26, 2003)
They known as him ‘The Tiger’, and folks thought he was going to steamroll me. Everybody was terrified of him, however I ain’t terrified of no one. I wouldn’t run from no one – I’ve by no means executed that in my entire life. I wished to go mano-a-mano with him. After I combat you, I don’t such as you even should you stated one thing good about me the day earlier than. We don’t have that in the present day. Everyone seems to be cool, all of them hang around and go to live shows collectively. I didn’t need none of that.
Samuel Peter (L PTS 12 – x2)
Los Angeles, CA (Sep 2, 2006) & Hollywood, FL (Jan 6, 2007)
I fought a whole lot of guys who appeared robust, like Holyfield and Peter, then as soon as that bell rings they’ll’t contact me. I stated: ‘I’m going to knock this motherf**ker out!’ I didn’t like him then and now. Within the ring, he was used to folks working from him – I went straight to him. The one time he damage me was when he caught me to the again of the pinnacle, and I wasn’t about to let him know I used to be damage. I used to be calm and picked up, slipped and slid, and put it on him. I received these fights.