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James Toney vs Lucas Browne: 'Lights Outs' Dominated 'Down Under'

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Lucas Browne (16-0, 14 KOs) soundly defeated James Toney (74-8-3, 45 KOs) in Melbourne, Australia in what might have been the latter's swan song. The scores were 117-111, 119-109 and 120-108.

The unbeaten 6'5" heavyweight who is promoted by Ricky Hatton effectively used his height and reach to outbox a badly faded, 44 year old Toney.

Interestingly Browne, known for his power, had promised to showcase "skills" instead of brute force and was successful in doing just that by effectively using his long jab to keep Toney at bay.

But despite the lopsided loss, James Toney showed "some" semblance of the slick, ultra-skilled boxer of the past but lacked the reflexes and offensive firepower to befuddle his much taller foe.

Moreover, the 5'10" Toney had trouble working his way inside and often slipped to the canvas.

In the end, Toney, once a masterful combination puncher, was relegated to throwing just one punch at a time. Moreover, the future hall of famer appeared 'ripe for the taking' in the championship rounds but Browne, well ahead on the cards, didn't take any chances and was content to cruise to a decision win.

Toney, who weighed a whopping 250 lbs, was suppossed to be a significant step up in class for the 256 lb Browne but in the end, the Aussie beat the "name."

Ricky Hatton said prior to the bout, "I'm very excited about where Lucas can go. He's a world class puncher, a really ferocious guy and for someone so big he's really good on his feet."

Whether the boxing legend is correct remains to be seen - However, one thing is certain: James Toney appears to be done as a fighter... on any level.

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James Toney has held world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, and cruiserweight divisions. He was named Fighter of the Year in 1991 and 2003 and is known for his legendary 'old-school' style, consisting of his shoulder roll (used to avoid punches), his ability to fight off the ropes, his slick body movements, and his infighting.

Heading into Toney vs Browne, James hadn't beaten a top 40 heavyweight since 2008 (SD over Fres Oquendo). But to his credit, Toney has never been knocked out in 87 pro fights.

What's next for Browne?

He might face-off against former heavyweight world title contender Kevin Johnson (29-3-1, 14 KOs), who looked impressive in the co-main event, stopping Solomon Haumono (20-2-2, 18 KOs) in the 10th round.

Johnson, 33, lost to Vitali Klitschko in 2009.
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