James Toney

James Toney

James Toney
Toney in 2011
Born James Nathaniel Toney
(1968-08-24) August 24, 1968
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Other names Lights Out
The Dark Emperor
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 231 lb (105 kg; 16.5 st)
Division Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Light heavyweight
Super middleweight
Middleweight
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Years active 1988–present
Professional boxing record
Total 91
Wins 76
By knockout 46
Losses 10
By knockout 0
Draws 3
No contests 2
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 0
Losses 1
By submission 1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec

James Nathaniel Toney (born August 24, 1968) is an American professional boxer. He is a former three-weight world champion, having held the IBF middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight titles, as well as having challenged for the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles. Toney was voted by both The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America as their "Fighter of the Year" in 1991 and 2003. In a career spanning almost three decades, he has defeated eleven world champions including hall of famers such as Mike McCallum, Iran Barkley and Evander Holyfield. In 2010, Toney made a one-time appearance in mixed martial arts, losing to Randy Couture at UFC 118.

Contents

  • Early boxing career 1
  • Middleweight career 2
  • Super middleweight career 3
  • Cruiserweight career 4
  • Heavyweight career 5
  • Mixed martial arts career 6
    • Toney vs. Couture 6.1
  • Honors 7
  • Professional boxing record 8
  • Mixed martial arts record 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Early boxing career

Before entering the ring, Toney started on the gridiron. Toney said he got scholarship offers from Western Michigan to play quarterback and from Michigan to play fullback. But Toney said, "I wasn't a team player and wasn't good at taking orders. So I went into boxing."[1]

Toney had a brief but relatively successful amateur career, compiling a record of 33-2 (32 KOs). Toney had his first professional fight on October 26, 1988, beating Stephen Lee by a technical knockout in the second round. He was scouted and trained by Gregory Owens as a teenager, who also was his trainer through the mid-nineties. His moniker of "Lights Out" was also given by either Gregory or his son.[2] In his 7th pro fight, Toney's manager, alleged drug dealer Johnny "Ace" Smith, was killed. Afterwards, Jackie Kallen was hired as his manager. Toney also employed the services of legendary Detroit-based trainer Bill Miller. Miller, a former boxer himself who worked in Detroit's famed Kronk Gym and assisted hall-of-fame trainer Emanuel Steward at times, is credited with developing Toney's famed "old school" or "throwback" style of fighting.[3]

Middleweight career

Toney won the IBF middleweight championship by knocking out Michael Nunn in 11 rounds in May 1991. Toney - coming in as a 20-1 underdog - was down on all the judges cards, but landed a left hook that put Nunn on the canvas in the 11th round, and eventually scored the TKO victory.[4] The win also earned Toney the Ring Magazine Fighter Of The Year award.[5] Toney continued a regular fight program over the next 18 months at middleweight, before outgrowing the division, where he made several successful yet disputed defenses. The most noteworthy was Toney's split decision win over Dave Tiberi in a fight that many experts feel Toney lost. The decision was so controversial that it prompted United States Senator William Roth of Delaware to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the sport.[6] Toney also won a split decision title defense against Reggie Johnson in June 1991, retained his title with a draw against former WBA champ Mike McCallum in December 1991, and again against McCallum, this time by a majority decision, in December 1992. The McCallum fight would be Toney's last as a middleweight.[7]

Super middleweight career

Toney moved up to the 168 lbs Super Middleweight division.

On February 13, 1993, he challenged Iran Barkley for his IBF Super Middleweight title. After a dominating performance by Toney, the bout was stopped after 9 rounds by Barkley's trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, due to Barkley suffering severe swelling around both eyes.[8]

Toney won five fights throughout 1993, then defeated Tony "The Punching Postman" Thornton in his 1st title defense in October, via a landslide points victory. In his second defense, Toney beat the 24–0 Tim Littles by a 4th round KO. During this bout, Toney suffered a bad cut which caused the referee and ringside doctor to intervene before round 4, allowing him one more round to try to end the fight. His next defense was against former IBF Light Heavyweight champion Prince Charles Williams. Despite having a point deducted for hitting Williams after the bell in one round and having his left eye completely swollen shut, Toney knocked Williams out in the 12th and final round. This win paved the way for his fight with undefeated 1988 Olympic silver medalist Roy Jones, Jr..[9]

Jones won a landslide decision over Toney, an upset at the time, briefly flooring Toney for the first time with a flash knockdown in the 3rd round. (Jones used one of his "cockfighting" feints to lure Toney in, and as Toney mocked Jones, Toney got caught with a leaping left hook.[10]) After the fight Toney blamed making the weight for his flat performance and the loss of his cherished unbeaten record. It was his last fight at the weight.

His next fight saw him lose to Montell Griffin at light heavyweight in February 1995. After then winning a series of fights at light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and even heavyweight, he again faced Montell Griffin in December 1996 and once again lost a close decision. He beat old foe Mike McCallum in February 1997, but then lost to journeyman Drake Thadzi in his next fight.

Cruiserweight career

After taking some time off from the ring, Toney came back in 1999, seemingly focused on reclaiming his status as an elite fighter. He defeated former title holders and title contenders Adolpho Washington, Steve Little and Saul Montana, as well as Sione Asipeli, Courtney Butler, and Michael Rush. In August 2002, Toney beat Jason Robinson in an IBF Cruiserweight title elimination fight. This set up a fight between Toney and the champion, Vassiliy Jirov. After a postponement, the fight happened on April 26, 2003. Going into the 12th and final round, with the scores fairly even and the fight in the balance, Toney knocked the undefeated Jirov down in the 12th. The Kazakh rose from the canvas to go to the distance, but Toney got the judges verdict and was now a three-weight World Champion.

For Toney's performance he was awarded comeback of the year and named fighter of the year. The fight itself was named "Fight Of The Year" by The Ring magazine. Immediately afterward, Toney moved up to heavyweight.

On November 4, 2011, Toney stepped into the ring at 199 lbs, the lowest he has been since 2003 against Russian star Denis Lebedev in Russia for the interim WBA World cruiserweight title. Toney was never competitive throughout the bout after encountering problems with his left knee during round two, and the judges all had it 108 – 120. A week after the fight it was revealed Toney needed surgery to repair his knee.[11]

Heavyweight career

Even when Toney was a middleweight, he insisted that he would one day be the heavyweight champion of the world. His October 4, 2003, victory over aging former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was Toney's entry into the heavyweight division. After a shaky first round, Toney picked the Atlanta legend apart with shots to the body and head before stopping him in the 9th round. After the fight Toney declared he was "undestructable", that he "got milk baby" and didn't want any "bad ass questions" from announcer Jim Gray.[12]

On September 23, 2004, Toney faced off with Rydell Booker. Although Toney injured his left arm, he was still able to defeat the clearly outmatched Booker, getting a 12-round unanimous decision for the fringe IBA World Heavyweight title.[13]

On April 30, 2005, he defeated John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in a 12-round match for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight Championship. Toney joined Bob Fitzsimmons and Roy Jones Jr. as the only former world middleweight champs to go on & win a legit heavyweight title. However, Toney failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. This led to the New York Athletic Commission changing the bout's official outcome to a "no-contest", deducting the win from Toney's career record and banning him from boxing for 90 days. The WBA ordered that Ruiz be reinstated as its champion and that Toney be ineligible for another WBA Heavyweight title shot for two years. Toney defended himself by claiming that the steroids were given to him by a doctor to treat the arm injury he suffered during the Rydell Booker fight.[14]

In his bout after the Ruiz fight, Toney won a unanimous decision victory over former heavyweight contender Dominic Guinn. Toney next fought against Hasim Rahman on March 18, 2006, for the WBC Heavyweight title. The result was a twelve-round majority draw.

Toney's next two outings were losses to Samuel Peter. The first fight was held in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2006. Toney lost by split decision. The return bout was held in Hollywood, Florida, on January 6, 2007, and Toney once again lost to Peter, this time by unanimous decision. Both fights were WBC eliminator bouts for the belt held by Oleg Maskaev.

Toney's next bout came on December 13, 2008, against Fres Oquendo. Oquendo was penalized one point in round eight for a rabbit punch, which would prove to be the deciding factor in the fight. Toney won a close, controversial split decision. On September 12, 2009, James fought heavyweight fighter Matthew Greer (12–5–0 11KO) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.[15] James won via TKO victory in round two.

On February 24, 2011, Toney made his return to boxing and won a ten round unanimous decision against Damon Reed. All three judges scored the bout 100–90. For this bout Toney weighed in at a career high of 257 lbs.[16]

On April 7, 2012 Toney fought Bobby Gunn and won by a fifth round stoppage due to a hand injury sustained by Gunn. More than one year later on April 28, 2013 James Toney returned to take on Lucas Browne in Australia, for the WBF heavyweight title and lost by wide unanimous decision.

It was announced that James Toney would compete in Matchroom Sport's Prizefighter Series at Heavyweight, it will be the 3rd Prizefighter in which International Heavyweights will compete. It will also be a 1st in a special UK v US tournament, the event took Place on November 14, 2013, at Bethnal Green's York Hall on its usual channel of Sky Sports HD. Toney won his first bout in the Prizefighter tournament against British heavyweight Matthew Legg. He won by a TKO in the 3rd round and advanced to the semi finals. He was defeated in the semi final bout by fellow American Jason Gavern by majority decision.

After a year and a half out of the ring, Toney decided to make another comeback in the heavyweight division at the age of 46. He fought journeyman Charles Ellis, and lost by ten round unanimous decision on August 8th 2015. Toney is scheduled to face (11-5, 7 KOs) Canadian journeyman Eric Martel Bahoeli in Ottawa, Canada on November 13, 2015.

Mixed martial arts career

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Julio César Chávez
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Riddick Bowe
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Glen Johnson
Preceded by
Evander Holyfield
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Riddick Bowe
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
BWAA Fighter of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Glen Johnson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Nunn
IBF Middleweight Champion
May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Roy Jones, Jr.
Lineal Middleweight Champion
May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by
Iran Barkley
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
February 13, 1993 – November 18, 1994
Succeeded by
Roy Jones, Jr.
Preceded by
Vassiliy Jirov
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
April 26, 2003 – September 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kelvin Davis
Vacant
Title last held by
Kali Meehan
NABO Heavyweight Champion
December 13, 2008 – August 13, 2009
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Brian Minto
Titles in pretence
New title World Middleweight Champion
IBC recognition

June 27, 1990 – May 10, 1991
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Danny Garcia
World Light Heavyweight Champion
WBU recognition

June 18, 1995 – December 6, 1996
Succeeded by
Montell Griffin
Vacant
Title last held by
Lou Savarese
World Heavyweight Champion
IBA Recognition

September 23, 2004 – September 2, 2006
Succeeded by
Samuel Peter
Vacant
Title last held by
Samuel Peter
World Heavyweight Champion
IBA Recognition

December 13, 2008 – July 23, 2011
Stripped
Vacant
  • James Toney's Official Website
  • FightFan.com: Inside James Toney's Training Camp
  • James Toney Fight-by-Fight Career record
  • Professional boxing record for James Toney from BoxRec
  • Professional MMA record for James Toney from Sherdog
  • James Toney on entering into MMA
  • James Toney at the Internet Movie Database

External links

  1. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/James_Toney | James Toney biography
  2. ^ James Toney. BoxingInsider.com. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/17/AR2006031702334.html | If Anything, Toney Knows How to Fight
  4. ^ Nunn Down
  5. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/Ring_Magazine_Fighter_of_the_Year | Ring Magazine's Fighters Of The Year
  6. ^ James Toney vs. Dave Tiberi – Boxrec Boxing Encyclopaedia. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  7. ^ http://boxrec.com/media/James_Toney | James Toney biography
  8. ^ http://boxrec.com/mediarticles/Fight:6887 | James Toney vs. Iran Barkley
  9. ^ http://boxrec.com/mediarticles/Fight:8571 |Toney vs. Williams
  10. ^ James Toney vs. Roy Jones, Round 3. YouTube.com. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
  11. ^ Crawford, Percy (November 8, 2011). "Toney to undergo Knee Surgery". Fight Hype. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.complex.com/sports/2011/09/the-10-funniest-post-fight-interviews-in-boxing-history/james-toney-ii#/ | 10 funniest post-fight interviews in boxing history: James Toney
  13. ^ James Toney Punishes Rydell Booker
  14. ^ Toney Fails Drug Test and Is Stripped of Title
  15. ^ James Toney: He ain’t heavy; He’s a heavyweight! FightFan News Wire (September 11, 2009)
  16. ^ Haskin, Kevin (February 25, 2011). "Reed loses decision to Toney". Topeka Capital Journal. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Toney signs multifight deal with CCFC". ESPN. Associated Press. March 3, 2010. 
  18. ^ Marrocco, Steven (March 3, 2010). "Trainer Juanito Ibarra to coach UFC signee James Toney in transition to MMA". MMA Junkie. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  19. ^ Fontanez, Erik (March 4, 2010). """James Toney's Coach, Juanito Ibarra: "We're Gonna Shock The World. Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Handicapping James Toney's Chances Against Jared Mellon at CCFC 6". Bloody Elbow. 
  21. ^ "UFC 118: Penn vs Edgar 3". UFC.com. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  22. ^ Greisman, David (August 28, 2010). "James Toney was destroyed by Randy Couture at UFC 118". Turtleface.com. Retrieved August 29, 2010. 
  23. ^ Greisman, David (September 9, 2010). "James Toney Officially Released By UFC". CagedInsider.com. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  24. ^ "James Toney – Boxer". Boxrec.com. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 

References

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Randy Couture Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 118 August 28, 2010 1 3:19 Boston, Massachusetts, United States loses heavyweight debut.

Mixed martial arts record

76 Wins (46 knockouts, 29 decisions, 1 disqualification), 10 Losses, 3 Draws, 2 No Contests[24]
Result Record Opponent Type Round, Time Date Location Notes
Eric Martel Bahoeli November 13, 2015 Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada
Loss 76–10–3
2 NC
Charles Ellis UD 10 August 8, 2015 Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri
Loss 76–9–3
2 NC
Jason Gavern MD 3 November 14, 2013 York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Prizefighter 32: UK vs. USA International Heavyweights semi-final.
Win 76–8–3
2 NC
Matt Legg TKO 3 November 14, 2013 York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Prizefighter 32: UK vs. USA International Heavyweights quarter-final.
Win 75–8–3
2 NC
Kenny Lemos UD 8 June 28, 2013 Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado
Loss 74–8–3
2 NC
Lucas Browne UD 12 April 28, 2013 Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne For WBF Heavyweight title.
Win 74–7–3
2 NC
Bobby Gunn RTD 5 July 4, 2012 Lander's Center, Southaven, Mississippi Won IBU Heavyweight title.
Loss 73–7–2
2 NC
Denis Lebedev UD 12 November 4, 2011 Khodynka Arena, Moscow For interim WBA World Cruiserweight title.
Win 73–6–3
2 NC
Damon Reed UD 10 February 24, 2011 San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland, California
Win 72–6–3
2 NC
Matthew Greer KO 2 September 12, 2009 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Win 71–6–3
2 NC
Fres Oquendo SD 12 December 13, 2008 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Won vacant WBO NABO and vacant IBA Heavyweight titles.
NC 70–6–3
2 NC
Hasim Rahman NC 3 July 16, 2008 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California For vacant WBO NABO Heavyweight title.
TKO win for Toney changed to no contest by the CSAC.
Win 70–6–3
1 NC
Danny Batchelder SD 10 May 24, 2007 HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Loss 69–6–3
1 NC
Samuel Peter UD 12 January 6, 2007 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casinon, Hollywood, Florida For NABF Heavyweight title.
WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 69–5–3
1 NC
Samuel Peter SD 12 September 2, 2006 Staples Center, Los Angeles, California Lost IBA Heavyweight title.
For NABF Heavyweight title.
Draw 69–4–3
1 NC
Hasim Rahman MD 12 March 18, 2006 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey For WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 69–4–2
1 NC
Dominick Guinn UD 12 October 1, 2005 Events Center, Reno, Nevada Retained IBA Heavyweight title.
NC 68–4–2
1 NC
John Ruiz ND 12 April 30, 2005 Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained IBA Heavyweight title.
For WBA World Heavyweight title.
Unanimous decision win for Toney changed to no contest after Toney tested positive in post-fight drug test.
Win 68–4–2 Rydell Booker UD 12 September 23, 2004 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California Won vacant IBA and vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight titles.
Win 67–4–2 Evander Holyfield TKO 9 October 4, 2003 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 66–4–2 Vassiliy Jirov UD 12 April 26, 2003 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 65–4–2 Jason Robinson KO 7 August 18, 2002 Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Win 64–4–2 Michael Rush TKO 10 May 31, 2002 Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon
Win 63–4–2 Sione Asipeli UD 10 March 22, 2002 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 62–4–2 Wesley Martin TKO 3 July 30, 2001 Crystal Park Casino, Compton, California
Win 61–4–2 Saul Montana TKO 2 March 29, 2001 Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan Won IBA (Super) Cruiserweight title.
Win 60–4–2 Courtney Butler TKO 3 (10), 1:14 November 3, 2000 Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York
Win 59–4–2 Terry McGroom MD 10 January 21, 2000 DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois
Win 58–4–2 Ramon Garbey UD 10 October 8, 1999 Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts
Win 57–4–2 Adolpho Washington TKO 10 July 30, 1999 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 56–4–2 Terry Porter TKO 8 March 7, 1999 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 55–4–2 Steve Little UD 12 June 14, 1997 Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi Won IBO Cruiserweight title.
Loss 54–4–2 Drake Thadzi MD 12 May 14, 1997 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut For IBO Light Heavyweight title.
Win 54–3–2 Mike McCallum UD 12 February 22, 1997 Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut Won WBU Cruiserweight title.
Loss 53–3–2 Montell Griffin UD 12 December 6, 1996 Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada Lost WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 53–2–2 Duran Williams TKO 9 August 9, 1996 Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi Retained WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 52–2–2 Charles Oliver UD 10 July 3, 1996 Station Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri
Win 51–2–2 Earl Butler TKO 4 May 14, 1996 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 50–2–2 Richard Mason UD 10 March 1, 1996 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Win 49–2–2 Greg Everett KO 2 December 8, 1995 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut Won WBU Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win 48–2–2 Ernest Mateen DQ 5 September 9, 1995 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 47–2–2 Freddie Delgado TKO 5 June 18, 1995 New Orleans, Louisiana Won WBU Light Heavyweight title.
Win 46–2–2 Anthony Hembrick RTD 5 April 30, 1995 Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Won USBA Light Heavyweight title.
Win 45–2–2 Karl Willis TKO 8 March 20, 1995 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Loss 44–2–2 Montell Griffin MD 12 February 18, 1995 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada For IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.
Loss 44–1–2 Roy Jones, Jr. UD 12 November 18, 1994 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 44–0–2 Charles Williams KO 12 July 29, 1994 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada IBF Super Middleweight title
Win 43–0–2 Vinson Durham UD 10 May 18, 1994 Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois
Win 42–0–2 Tim Littles TKO 4 March 5, 1994 Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California Retained IBF Super Middleweight title
Win 41–0–2 Anthony Hembrick TKO 7 January 16, 1994 Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Win 40–0–2 Tony Thornton UD 12 October 29, 1993 Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma Retained IBF Super Middleweight title
Win 39–0–2 Larry Prather UD 10 August 24, 1993 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 38–0–2 Danny Garcia RTD 6 July 29, 1993 Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Win 37–0–2 Glenn Thomas UD 10 June 6, 1993 The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 36–0–2 Ricky Thomas TKO 10 April 17, 1993 Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
Win 35–0–2 Govoner Chavers TKO 9 March 23, 1993 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 34–0–2 Iran Barkley RTD 9 February 13, 1993 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Won IBF Super Middleweight title.
Win 33–0–2 Doug DeWitt RTD 6 December 5, 1992 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 32–0–2 Mike McCallum MD 12 August 29, 1992 Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 31–0–2 Ricky Stackhouse TKO 3 May 26, 1992 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 30–0–2 Glenn Wolfe UD 12 April 11, 1992 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 29–0–2 Dave Tiberi SD 12 February 8, 1992 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Draw 28–0–2 Mike McCallum MD 12 December 13, 1991 Atlantic City Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 28–0–1 Francesco Dell'Aquila TKO 4 October 12, 1991 Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 27–0–1 Reggie Johnson SD 12 June 29, 1991 Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained IBF Middleweight title.
Win 26–0–1 Michael Nunn TKO 11 May 10, 1991 John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa Won IBF Middleweight title.
Win 25–0–1 Alberto Gonzalez TKO 5 March 31, 1991 Sands Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 24–0–1 Merqui Sosa SD 12 January 13, 1991 Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey Retained IBC Middleweight title.
Win 23–0–1 Jose Carlos Da Silva TKO 5 December 10, 1990 Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
Win 22–0–1 Sanderline Williams UD 10 October 16, 1990 Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida
Win 21–0–1 Kevin Brazier TKO 2 August 24, 1990 Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
Draw 20–0–1 Sanderline Williams MD 10 July 26, 1990 Dearborn, Michigan
Win 20–0 Ricardo Bryant TKO 4 June 27, 1990 Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Dearborn, Michigan Won IBC Middleweight title.
Win 19–0 Horacio Rene Brandan KO 2 May 23, 1990 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 18–0 Jose Luis Esteven TKO 5 April 27, 1990 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 17–0 Toby Tyler TKO 5 April 5, 1990 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan Retained Michigan State Middleweight title.
Win 16–0 Philip Morefield KO 1 March 1, 1990 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 15–0 Danny Thomas UD 8 January 20, 1990 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 14–0 Joe Johnson TKO 4 November 29, 1989 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 13–0 Ron Amundsen UD 10 November 13, 1989 Central Park Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Win 12–0 Robert Clinton KO 1 October 26, 1989 International Hotel & Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 11–0 Ricardo Simpson KO 2 October 12, 1989 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 10–0 Joe Summers TKO 2 September 21, 1989 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 9–0 Lemark Davis UD 6 September 7, 1989 The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Win 8–0 Mark Stephens TKO 2 September 7, 1989 Detroit Boat Club, Detroit, Michigan
Win 7–0 Steve Chaney KO 1 June 6, 1989 Memphis, Tennessee
Win 6–0 Arthur Willis SD 4 May 2, 1989 Memphis, Tennessee
Win 5–0 James Fernandez UD 4 February 16, 1989 Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Win 4–0 Sammy Jenkins TKO 4 January 17, 1989 Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Win 3–0 Carl Penn KO 1 January 10, 1989 Memphis, Tennessee
Win 2–0 Ronnie Yoe KO 1 December 6, 1988 Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee
Win 1–0 Stephen Lee TKO 2 October 26, 1988 Thomas Crystal Gardens, Mount Clemens, Michigan Professional debut.

Professional boxing record

Honors

His debut fight was against Hall of Famer and former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture, who was 47 years old at that time, at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010.[21] Couture scored a takedown against Toney 15 seconds on the dot in first round and at 3:19, Couture submitted Toney.[22] Toney was released from his contract with the UFC.[23]

Toney vs. Couture

To attempt to help his transition into MMA, Toney was coached by trainer Juanito Ibarra.[18][19] Toney was later coached by Trevor Sherman.[20]

[17]