James Toney To Box Again Feb 24th In California - Wants A Summer Showdown With Antonio Tarver
By James Slater - Since heís been somewhat quiet since that humbling loss of an MMA debut back at the end of August, boxing fans have been wondering whatís up with James ďLights OutĒ Toney; wondering what his plans for the future are.
Article posted on 05.01.2011
Wanting to know myself, I called up John Arthur, manager of the 42-year-old all-time great, and he was able to arrange a quick over the phone interview with the former multi-weight (and current IBA heavyweight) champion.
Toney was at the gym when I called, but he was still kind enough to find me some time. Toney made it abundantly clear he is far from finished as a boxer, and he informed me of his plans for the coming months.. As fast with his mouth as ever, Toney, as usual, had quite a bit to say about the Klitschko brothers and David Haye. Toney also let me know he has a certain Antonio Tarver on his current hit-list!
James Slater: Thanks so much for your time, Champ. I know you are busy training; when will you box again?
James Toney: Itís my pleasure. I will be fighting again February 24th, right here in California. This will be my first [IBA heavyweight] title defence.
J.S: Who against?
J.T: We donít know the opponent yet but it will be good to be back. I wanna get busy, maybe have two or three more fights like this one in February (low key type affairs) and then I want a summer showdown with Antonio Tarver. I think that will be a big, pay-per-view event of a fight.
J.S: Why do you want Tarver in particular? Has he badmouthed you?
J.T: Iím sick of all this talk that heís a great fighter. He ainít no great fighter like me. Heís a decent fighter, above average, he became a world champion. But Iíll take him to school.
J.S: You see a points win or will you stop him if and when you fight?
J.T: I know Iíll knock him out!
J.S: Iíd love to see the fight happen; two skilled veterans. You feel you have plenty left to offer boxing still?
J.T: Hey, baby, the best is yet to come! I have a few fighters on my mind right now: Tarver, the two Bitchko sisters and David Gaye! But neither guy will take a risk and fight me. Iím the IBA heavyweight champion and Iíd be willing to fight Ďem at any time, but they wonít do it, theyíre scared. This is whatís killing boxing, the best fights not being made. Iím old-school, I donít like any of this ducking shit! This is why MMA is taking over.
J.S: You think youíd KO those guys too?
J.T: Iím going back to the old James Toney; Iím gonna start putting guys to sleep. Any time any place, Iíll fight the sisters or Gaye! They know it, but they wonít do it. They are running around taking easy fights against other bums. Theyíre cowards, man. If I fight Ďem, Iíll make it like they didnít pay their electric bill - their lights must go out! Iím training hard right now and I canít wait to get back [in the ring]. Itís time to get busy!
J.S: Thanks so much for your time, James. I know you have to run.
J.T: Call me any time.
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