Monday, 25 June 2012 18:41

James Toney Still Wants to Fight Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko

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James "Lights Out" Toney (74-7-3, 45KO) believes he's the real heavyweight champion.

For the better part of four years, former multi-division champion and boxing great James Toney has been trying to get a bout with Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko.

And in an interview with ES News late last week, the outspoken, always colorful boxing great still maintained the Klitschkos are purposely avoiding him.

"I am the heavyweight champion of the world. All you have to do is step up. They (top heavyweights) need to come see me," uttered the brash Toney.

James Toney stated he'd knockout Wladimir in seven rounds and Vitali, whom James referred to as the 'Mummy,' in a shorter duration.

"Vitali, who is he? That's the problem. You all think the B*tchko Sisters are so great but they are nothing," stated the Michigan born fighter.

After reeling off a list of fighters the Klitschko brothers have recently defeated, an unimpressed Toney exclaimed, "C'mon, they couldn't even carry my jock strap."

When asked what he thought it would take to make a fight happen with one of the Klitschkos, a seemingly disgusted James Toney replied, "I guess I'll have to have one leg in the grave or something."

But the insults didn't stop with Vitali and Wladimir. The fighter affectionately known as "Lights Out" called out Chris Arreola, referring to him as 'Christina.'

When summoned to give his thoughts about Lennox Lewis, Toney shared some unflattering commentary about the former universally-recognized heavyweight champion.

"He was a good fighter but not a great fighter. He would have never been as good in the 1960s or 70s or early 80s."  Toney, who will turn 44 in August, added, "He would have been whacked out by everybody."

A future Hall of Famer, 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.

Currently rated No. 58 in the heavyweight division by BoxRec, Toney last fought in February, stopping Damon Reed in the the fifth round.

Video: James Toney interview is courtesy of ES News

Leroy Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.


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