Toney Bologna

Why is James Toney still an active Heavyweight? In his condition? At his age? After his recent performances? Well, keep in mind that Hasim Rahman was recently named mandatory challenger for Alexander Povetkin. Unfortunately, Toney’s opponent has had no kid-glove treatment the way Povetkin has. Paired against the formidable Tomasz Adamek, many boxing fans are concerned that Toney will get hurt in this fight. Writers are referencing the worst examples of fighting past the finish line in Roy Jones Jr. and Evander Holyfield. James Toney is somehow a more egregious example based on his recent performances and his increasingly slurred speech. The two heavyweights are among my favorite of all time, and I know that Toney shouldn’t be in the ring with Adamek, but hopefully this beating will be enough to convince him to retire before any more damage is done.

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