James Toney Manhandled by Lebedev in Russia (with Video)Written by Joseph Herron
It is a sad day in boxing if you're a "Lights Out" fan.
At the Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia, ring legend James Toney more than likely just fought his last professional contest at the world class level.
For twelve painful and non-competitive rounds, Cruiserweight contender Dennis Lebedev battered the 43 year old future Hall of Famer around the squared circle en route to an easy unanimous decision victory.
Throughout the entire bout, James Toney was frequently caught off balance with left hooks to the body and head, while attempting to catch the Russian native with his trademark counter right hand. Unfortunately for Toney, he didn't possess the speed, reflexes, or timing to put forth a competitive effort.
The courageous Michigan born fighter never quit during the entire one-sided battle, but was incapable of launching any kind of attack against the Russian southpaw. Lebedev won every second of every round and pitched a virtual shut-out against the defensive fighter.
Dennis Lebedev improves his record to 23-1 with 17 knock-outs and is the new interim WBA Cruiserweight title holder.
After the fight, James was asked how he felt about his performance.
"I feel good," claimed Toney. "What am I supposed to feel bad? I will see Dennis Lebedev again...I promise you."
Toney's record falls to 73-7-3.