|Real name||James Nathaniel Toney|
The Dark Emperor
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
August 24, 1968 |
Grand Rapids, Michigan
|Wins by KO||46|
James Nathaniel Toney (born August 24, 1968) is a former American professional boxer. Nicknamed "Lights Out", Toney was one of the most skilled defensive fighters of his era and he was never stopped or knocked out in a twenty-five year career. He competed in five weight divisions from middleweight to heavyweight, and was The Ring's "Fighter of the Year" in 1991 and 2003. He has defeated 11 world champions and has won world titles in three weight divisions.
- 1 Boxing career
- 2 Middleweight champion
- 3 Super Middleweight champion
- 4 Cruiserweight champion
- 5 Heavyweight
- 6 Return to Cruiserweight
- 7 Prizefighter International Heavyweights 2013
- 8 Mixed martial arts career
- 9 Honors
- 10 Professional boxing record
- 11 Mixed martial arts record
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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."
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. 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.
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. The win also earned Toney the Ring Magazine Fighter Of The Year award. 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. 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.
Super Middleweight champion
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.
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..
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" feigns to lure Toney in, and as Toney mocked Jones, Toney got caught with a leaping left hook.) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Return to Cruiserweight
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.
Prizefighter International Heavyweights 2013
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It was announced that Toney will compete in Matchroom Sports 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.
James Toney won his first bout in the Prizefighter tournament against British heavyweight Matt Legg. He won by a TKO in the 3rd round and advanced to the semi finals. He lost his second bout by decision over three rounds to fellow American heavyweight Jason Gavern and was eliminated from the tournament as a semi finalist.
Mixed martial arts career
Toney was spotted in attendance at UFC 108 on January 2, 2010, which led to talks between him and UFC President Dana White regarding fighting in the organization. On March 3, it was confirmed by White that the two had agreed and signed a multifight deal with the company, at the age of 42.
Toney vs. Couture
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. Couture scored a takedown against Toney within 25 seconds into the bout and at 3:19, Couture submitted Toney. Toney was released from his contract with the UFC.
- Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year for 1991 and 2003
- The Ring magazine Comeback of the Year fighter for 2003.
- Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1991 and 2003
Professional boxing record
|76 Wins (46 knockouts), 9 Losses, 3 Draws, 2 No Contests|
|Jason Gavern||MD||3||November 14, 2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Matt Legg||TKO||3||November 14, 2013||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom|
|Kenny Lemos||UD||8||June 28, 2013||Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado, United States|
|Lucas Browne||UD||12||April 28, 2013||Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia||WBF Heavyweight Title|
|Bobby Gunn||RTD||5||July 4, 2012||Lander's Center, Southaven, Mississippi, United States||IBU Heavyweight Title|
|Denis Lebedev||UD||12||November 4, 2011||Khodynka Arena, Moscow, Russia||WBA Cruiserweight Title|
|Damon Reed||UD||10||February 24, 2011||San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland, California, United States|
|Matthew Greer||KO||2||September 12, 2009||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States|
|Fres Oquendo||SD||12||December 13, 2008||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States||NABO (WBO) Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
|Hasim Rahman||NC||3||July 16, 2008||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||NABO (WBO) Heavyweight Title|
|Danny Batchelder||SD||10||May 24, 2007||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States|
|Samuel Peter||UD||12||January 6, 2007||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casinon, Hollywood, Florida, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title|
|Samuel Peter||SD||12||September 2, 2006||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States||NABF Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
|Hasim Rahman||MD||12||March 18, 2006||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||WBC Heavyweight Title|
|Dominick Guinn||UD||12||October 1, 2005||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States||IBA Heavyweight Title|
|John Ruiz||ND||12||April 30, 2005||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||WBA Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
|Win||68–4–2||Rydell Booker||UD||12||September 23, 2004||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
|Win||67–4–2||Evander Holyfield||TKO||9||October 4, 2003||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||66–4–2||Vassiliy Jirov||UD||12||April 26, 2003||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||IBF Cruiserweight Title|
|Win||65–4–2||Jason Robinson||KO||7||August 18, 2002||Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||64–4–2||Michael Rush||TKO||10||May 31, 2002||Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, United States|
|Win||63–4–2||Sione Asipeli||UD||10||March 22, 2002||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||62–4–2||Wesley Martin||TKO||3||July 30, 2001||Crystal Park Casino, Compton, California, United States|
|Win||61–4–2||Saul Montana||TKO||2||March 29, 2001||Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States||IBA Super Cruiserweight Title|
|Win||60–4–2||Courtney Butler||TKO||3||November 3, 2000||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States|
|Win||59–4–2||Terry McGroom||MD||10||January 21, 2000||DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||58–4–2||Ramon Garbey||UD||10||October 8, 1999||Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||57–4–2||Adolpho Washington||TKO||10||July 30, 1999||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||56–4–2||Terry Porter||TKO||8||March 7, 1999||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||55–4–2||Steve Little||UD||12||June 14, 1997||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States||IBO Cruiserweight Title|
|Loss||54–4–2||Drake Thadzi||MD||12||May 14, 1997||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||IBO Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||54–3–2||Mike McCallum||UD||12||February 22, 1997||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||WBU Cruiserweight Title|
|Loss||53–3–2||Montell Griffin||UD||12||December 6, 1996||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States||WBU Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||53–2–2||Duran Williams||TKO||9||August 9, 1996||Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States||WBU Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||52–2–2||Charles Oliver||UD||10||July 3, 1996||Station Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States|
|Win||51–2–2||Earl Butler||TKO||4||May 14, 1996||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||WBU Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||50–2–2||Richard Mason||UD||10||March 1, 1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States|
|Win||49–2–2||Greg Everett||KO||2||December 8, 1995||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||WBU Continental Cruiserweight Title|
|Win||48–2–2||Ernest Mateen||DQ||5||September 9, 1995||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WBU Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||47–2–2||Freddie Delgado||TKO||5||June 18, 1995||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||WBU Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||46–2–2||Anthony Hembrick||TKO||5||April 30, 1995||Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||USBA Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Win||45–2–2||Karl Willis||TKO||8||March 20, 1995||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||44–2–2||Montell Griffin||MD||12||February 18, 1995||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title|
|Loss||44–1–2||Roy Jones, Jr.||UD||12||November 18, 1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF Super-Middleweight Title|
|Win||44–0–2||Charles Williams||KO||12||July 29, 1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF Super-Middleweight Title|
|Win||43–0–2||Vinson Durham||UD||10||May 18, 1994||Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||42–0–2||Tim Littles||TKO||4||March 5, 1994||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States||IBF Super-Middleweight Title|
|Win||41–0–2||Anthony Hembrick||TKO||7||January 16, 1994||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||40–0–2||Tony Thornton||UD||12||October 29, 1993||Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||IBF Super-Middleweight Title|
|Win||39–0–2||Larry Prather||UD||10||August 24, 1993||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||38–0–2||Danny Garcia||TKO||6||July 29, 1993||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||37–0–2||Glenn Thomas||UD||10||June 6, 1993||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||36–0–2||Ricky Thomas||TKO||10||April 17, 1993||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||35–0–2||Govoner Chavers||TKO||9||March 23, 1993||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||34–0–2||Iran Barkley||TKO||9||February 13, 1993||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF Super-Middleweight Title|
|Win||33–0–2||Doug DeWitt||TKO||6||December 5, 1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||32–0–2||Mike McCallum||MD||12||August 29, 1992||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States||IBF Middleweight Title|
|Win||31–0–2||Ricky Stackhouse||TKO||3||May 26, 1992||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||30–0–2||Glenn Wolfe||UD||12||April 11, 1992||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF Middleweight title|
|Win||29–0–2||Dave Tiberi||SD||12||February 8, 1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF Middleweight Title|
|Draw||28–0–2||Mike McCallum||UD||12||December 13, 1991||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBF Middleweight Title|
|Win||28–0–1||Francesco Dell'Aquila||TKO||4||October 12, 1991||Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco||IBF Middleweight Title|
|Win||27–0–1||Reggie Johnson||SD||12||June 29, 1991||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF Middleweight Title|
|Win||26–0–1||Michael Nunn||TKO||11||May 10, 1991||John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, United States||IBF Middleweight Title|
|Win||25–0–1||Alberto Gonzalez||TKO||5||March 31, 1991||Sands Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24–0–1||Merqui Sosa||SD||12||January 13, 1991||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||IBC Middleweight Title|
|Win||23–0–1||Jose Carlos Da Silva||TKO||5||December 10, 1990||Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Win||22–0–1||Sanderline Williams||UD||10||October 16, 1990||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||21–0–1||Kevin Brazier||TKO||2||August 24, 1990||Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Draw||20–0–1||Sanderline Williams||MD||10||July 26, 1990||Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Win||20–0||Ricardo Bryant||TKO||4||June 27, 1990||Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Dearborn, Michigan, United States||IBC Middleweight Title|
|Win||19–0||Horacio Rene Brandan||KO||2||May 23, 1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||18–0||Jose Luis Esteven||TKO||5||April 27, 1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17–0||Toby Tyler||TKO||5||April 5, 1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||16–0||Philip Morefield||KO||1||March 1, 1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States||Michigan State Middleweight Title|
|Win||15–0||Danny Thomas||UD||8||January 20, 1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||14–0||Joe Johnson||KO||4||November 29, 1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||13–0||Ron Amundsen||UD||10||November 13, 1989||Central Park Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||12–0||Robert Clinton||KO||1||October 26, 1989||International Hotel & Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–0||Ricardo Simpson||KO||2||October 12, 1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||10–0||Joe Summers||TKO||2||September 21, 1989||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9–0||Lemark Davis||UD||6||September 7, 1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||8–0||Mark Stephens||TKO||2||September 7, 1989||Detroit Boat Club, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||7–0||Steve Chaney||KO||1||June 6, 1989||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||6–0||Arthur Willis||SD||4||May 2, 1989||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||5–0||James Fernandez||UD||4||February 16, 1989||Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States|
|Win||4–0||Sammy Jenkins||TKO||4||January 17, 1989||Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States|
|Win||3–0||Carl Penn||KO||1||January 10, 1989||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||2–0||Ronnie Yoe||KO||1||December 6, 1988||Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||1–0||Stephen Lee||TKO||2||October 26, 1988||Thomas Crystal Gardens, Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States|
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||0–1||Randy Couture||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 118||August 28, 2010||1||3:19||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||loses heavyweight debut.|
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- Nunn Down
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- http://boxrec.com/media/index.php/James_Toney | James Toney biography
- http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Fight:6887 | James Toney vs. Iran Barkley
- http://boxrec.com/media/index.php?title=Fight:8571 |Toney vs. Williams
- James Toney vs. Roy Jones, Round 3. YouTube.com. Retrieved on June 19, 2014.
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- James Toney Punishes Rydell Booker
- Toney Fails Drug Test and Is Stripped of Title
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- 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
|Awards and achievements|
Julio César Chávez
|Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
|Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
|BWAA Fighter of the Year
|BWAA Fighter of the Year
|IBF Middleweight Champion
May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993
Title next held byRoy Jones, Jr.
|Lineal Middleweight Champion
May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993
Title next held byBernard Hopkins
|IBF Super Middleweight Champion
February 13, 1993 – November 18, 1994
Roy Jones, Jr.
|IBF Cruiserweight Champion
April 26, 2003 – September 2003
Title next held byKelvin Davis
Title last held byKali Meehan
|NABO Heavyweight Champion
December 13, 2008 – August 13, 2009
Title next held byBrian Minto
|Titles in pretence|
|New title||World Middleweight Champion
June 27, 1990 – May 10, 1991
Title next held byDanny Garcia
|World Light Heavyweight Champion
June 18, 1995 – December 6, 1996
Title last held byLou Savarese
|World Heavyweight Champion
September 23, 2004 – September 2, 2006
Title last held bySamuel Peter
|World Heavyweight Champion
December 13, 2008 – July 23, 2011