James “Lights Out” Toney is flat out one of the most gifted fighters ever to walk the planet earth, and even that may be an understatement.
Toney is among five men in the history of the world that can lay legit claim to being a sextuple champion. Sextuple, you ask? No, Toney has never been involved in the porn business, but to the contrary, the business of hurting feelings and smashing faces. A sextuple champion is someone that has somehow managed to earn a title in SIX separate weight classes. This is what James Toney has done in boxing. He has earned championships in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, cruiserweight, super cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.
The man sports a boxing record of seventy-two victories, only six defeats, three draws and two no contest rulings. Flat out the man can scrap, and scrap well. Tony possesses the type of raw, unteachable talent in boxing that Fedor Emelianenko does in MMA. If mixed martial arts had been around fifteen or twenty years ago, and flourishing like it is now, who knows what direction the path of a natural born fighter like “Lights Out” may have taken.
But there is no time machine, and the fact of the matter is that Toney is just as dangerous a fighter as he ever was at forty-one years of age. Something tells me that James will be able to kick about 99.9% of the populations ass until he dies. A seventy year old James Toney will still be a man not to be taken lightly. A seventy year old Toney would still require at least a four week training camp for most fighters.
The reason for the lengthy bio is due to the fact that this man that I remember as a child shocking the world by beating Michael Nunn to a pulp is one professional boxer with serious clout that has been more than gracious to this beautifully violent sport we have come to understand and love, mixed martial arts.
In a past conversation with with BallerStatus.com, Toney had this to say:
[Boxing's] gone downhill because look at the fighters we got…Everybody is scared to fight each other. That’s the main reason why people are going from boxing to MMA, because MMA is putting on the fights that everybody wanna see … My daddy was one of them MMA guys. I love it. I like watching it. They putting on the best shows. That’s why the boxing people get mad because they getting all the fans. They’re giving the fans all the good matches, which should be done in boxing. I watch it, but they can’t mess with me … I like [Quinton] Rampage [Jackson]. I like watching … not Brock Lesnar. He’s phony. Fedor Emelianenko, he aight. Georges St. Pierre.
“I watch it, but they can’t mess with me”, said Toney, and you better believe that Toney means what he says. He doesn’t feel like he can be touched, and unlike other boxers such as “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, something tells me Toney’s a fighter first, and a talker second; Although he does both much better than most
When asked his thoughts on UFC President Dana White‘s comments to the affect of having an extreme desire to throw a high level boxer into the Octagon to essentially make a point out of them, never at a loss for words, Toney had this to say in a recent interview with FightHype:
Aw shit, tell Dana White he can suck my dick. That’s why he calls out them bum ass fighters. He called out Roy Jones and Floyd Mayweather, but they ain’t calling James Toney out because they don’t want to see me. They have the same excuse that I am old, fat and short. Well, come and see me then because it should be easy for them.
It don’t matter man. Everybody thinks that I couldn’t fight in a cage. I got one of the baddest motherfuckers in the world in my corner, man. “Pops” is one of the original cage fighting masters when he was fighting over there in Indonesia and won. I know all of the shit that they think I don’t know. Dana White is a frustrated fighter because he used to be a boxer back in Boston and was getting knocked out every week, so he had to quit.
Even more recently FightHype has reported that Toney is currently in Memphis, Tennessee on a hunt for none other than Dana White himself, perhaps in an effort to talk the UFC President into giving him a chance inside the cage. Or should I say hopefully.
Heightening the drama surrounding Toney and his public interest in giving mixed martial arts a shot if the dollars make sense was Dana White himself, who recently had this to say via his Twitter account:
I just heard james toney is in memphis looking for me. Where are you james!!!!????
To be continued…..