|Born||James Nathaniel Toney
August 24, 1968
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
|Other names||Lights Out, The Dark Emperor|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg)
257 lb (117 kg)
|Reach||72.0 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sherman Oaks, California|
|Years active||22 (1988-present)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
James Nathanial Toney (born August 24, 1968) is an American professional boxer who has held world titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, and cruiserweight divisions. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Huron High School. Toney currently fights in the heavyweight division in boxing.
Toney's amateur boxing record is 33 fights, 31 wins and 2 losses with 29 KOs. He won the 1983 and 1984 West Michigan Division Junior Title (156 lb), 1987 Novice Golden Gloves in Manchester (156 lb), 1987 Michigan Silver Gloves (156 lb) and 1988 Ohio State Fair (156 lb)
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.
On March 10, 1989, his manager Johnny "Ace" Smith was killed outside of the Page One Bar in Detroit. Jackie Kallen then became his manager. He won the Michigan Middleweight title in 1990, knocking out Philip Morefield in the 1st round.
A draw with Sanderline Williams was the first blemish on Toney's record, although he beat Williams by unanimous decision three months later and in early 1991 he beat Merqui Sosa in a minor upset, between the two top-10-rated contenders.
Toney's unbeaten run landed him a shot at Lineal & IBF Middleweight Champion Michael "Second to" Nunn, in May 1991. Nunn dominated the relatively inexperienced Toney over the first 10 rounds with his excellent boxing skills. In an unusually aggressive performance, there were many heated exchanges, but in the 11th round, with time running out for the young Toney, he dropped Michael Nunn to the canvas. The fight was stopped and Toney was the champion.
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. He outpointed Dave Tiberi in a split decision that was so controversial, it prompted United States Senator William Roth of Delaware to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the sport. Toney also outpointed Glenn Wolfe and tough Reggie Johnson and a draw and a win against Mike "The Body Snatcher" McCallum, in two evenly and heated contests.
Super Middleweight champion
Toney moved up to the 168 lbs Super Middleweight division, a weight Toney felt would be to his advantage, after struggling to make the Middleweight limit of 160 lbs.
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. With Toney now a title holder at 168 lbs, alongside Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and his old nemesis Michael Nunn, the division was now one of the strongest in boxing.
Toney remained one of the most active boxers in the sport, winning five mark-time fights throughout 1993, then defeating 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, whom he knocked out in the 12th and final round. This win paved the way for his fight with Roy Jones, Jr..
The fight was Jones' first at Super Middleweight; Jones vacated his Middleweight belt to challenge Toney on November 18, 1994. The fight was the biggest and most anticipated fight of the year with Jones and Toney ranked highly in the pound-for-pound rankings going into the fight. Toney was fancied to win by many experts due to his superior level of competition he'd faced up to this point.
Jones won a landslide decision over Toney, an upset at the time, taking Toney apart and briefly flooring Toney for the first time with a flash knockdown in the 3rd round. 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 after losing his title to Roy Jones 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 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 April 30, 2005, he defeated John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in a 12-round match for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight Championship. 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 an injured arm that occurred during his victory over Rydell Booker in his previous fight. Toney was also subject to a civil lawsuit by Ruiz claiming that Toney's illegal use of steroids gave him an edge in the 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 and Toney weighed a career-high 237 lb for his lackluster performance.
Toney's next two outings were losses to Samuel Peter. The first fight was held in Los Angeles, California on Sept 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 returned to action in May 2007 and won a ten-round split decision over Danny Batchelder. Following the bout, Toney once again tested positive for boldenone and stanozolol and was fined $2500 and banned from boxing for a year, Toney appealed the suspension and it was reduced to 6 months after he appeared before the CSAC and claimed he did not knowingly take any steroids and suggested that he was set up and someone had tampered with his water bottle.
On July 16, 2008, Toney's rematch against Hasim Rahman was stopped in the third round. An accidental clash of heads to the outside of Rahman's brow opening a cut above Rahman's left eye to the inside of the brow leading to the stoppage. Rahman told the ring doctor he could not see, the ring doctor then stopped the fight. Initially, the fight was called as a TKO win for Toney, but this was overruled by the California State Athletic Commission and the fight was declared no-contest. Rahman went on to fight Wladimir Klitschko for the IBF, IBO and WBO Heavyweight titles in his next fight.
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. He will not consider retirement but his future is now unclear.
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Toney decided to try other ventures in the sport of combat. He 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 first fight was against Hall of Famer and former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28. 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. Some claimed that this proved MMA was a superior combat sport to boxing; however, prior to this, a less publicised event was won by former boxing champion Ray Mercer against Tim Sylvia. Mercer had also previously fought Kimbo Slice in an MMA fight, however he was submitted in that fight.
- 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
- IBF middleweight title (6 defenses)
- IBF super middleweight title (3 defenses)
- IBF cruiserweight title
- IBO cruiserweight title
- IBU heavyweight title
- IBA heavyweight title X2
- IBA super cruiserweight title
- WBU cruiserweight title
- WBU light heavyweight title
- USA Michigan State Middleweight title.
- USBA light heavyweight title
- WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
- NABO heavyweight title
Professional boxing record
|74 Wins (45 knockouts), 8 Losses, 3 Draws, 2 No Contests|
|Lucas Browne||UD||12 (12)||04/28/2013||Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia|
|Bobby Gunn||RTD||5 (12)||04/07/2012||Lander's Center, Southaven, Mississippi, United States|
|Denis Lebedev||UD||12||04/11/2011||Khodynka Arena, Moscow, Russia||For Interim WBA cruiserweight title.|
|Damon Reed||UD||10||02/24/2011||San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland, California, United States|
|Matthew Greer||KO||2 (10)||12/09/2009||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States|
|Fres Oquendo||SD||12||13/12/2008||Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States||Won vacant NABO heavyweight title.|
|Hasim Rahman||NC||3 (12)||16/07/2008||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||For vacant NABO heavyweight title.|
|Danny Batchelder||SD||10||24/05/2007||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States|
|Samuel Peter||UD||12||06/01/2007||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casinon, Hollywood, Florida, United States||For NABF heavyweight title. WBC heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Samuel Peter||SD||12||02/09/2006||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States||For NABF heavyweight title. WBC heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Hasim Rahman||MD||12||18/03/2006||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For WBC heavyweight title.|
|Dominick Guinn||UD||12||01/10/2005||Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States|
|John Ruiz||ND||12||30/04/2005||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||For WBA heavyweight title. Originally Toney won by UD. However, Toney tested positive for anabolic steroids and was stripped of the WBA title.|
|Win||68-4-2||Rydell Booker||UD||12||23/09/2004||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title. WBC heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||67-4-2||Evander Holyfield||TKO||9 (12)||04/10/2003||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||IBF heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||66-4-2||Vassiliy Jirov||UD||12||26/04/2003||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States||Won IBF cruiserweight title.|
|Win||65-4-2||Jason Robinson||KO||7 (12)||18/08/2002||Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States||IBF cruiserweight title eliminator.|
|Win||64-4-2||Michael Rush||TKO||10 (10)||31/05/2002||Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, United States|
|Win||63-4-2||Sione Asipeli||UD||10||22/03/2002||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||62-4-2||Wesley Martin||TKO||3 (10)||30/07/2001||Crystal Park Casino, Compton, California, United States|
|Win||61-4-2||Saul Montana||TKO||2 (12)||29/03/2001||Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||60-4-2||Courtney Butler||TKO||3 (10)||03/11/2000||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States|
|Win||59-4-2||Terry McGroom||MD||10||21/01/2000||DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||58-4-2||Ramon Garbey||UD||10||08/10/1999||Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||57-4-2||Adolpho Washington||TKO||10 (10)||30/07/1999||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||56-4-2||Terry Porter||TKO||8 (10)||07/03/1999||Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||55-4-2||Steve Little||UD||12||14/06/1997||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||54-4-2||Drake Thadzi||MD||12||14/05/1997||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||54-3-2||Mike McCallum||UD||12||22/02/1997||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||53-3-2||Montell Griffin||UD||12||06/12/1996||Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States|
|Win||53-2-2||Duran Williams||TKO||9 (12)||09/08/1996||Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||52-2-2||Charles Oliver||UD||10||03/07/1996||Station Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States|
|Win||51-2-2||Earl Butler||TKO||4 (12)||14/05/1996||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||50-2-2||Richard Mason||UD||10||01/03/1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States|
|Win||49-2-2||Greg Everett||KO||2 (12)||08/12/1995||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||48-2-2||Ernest M-16 Mateen||DQ||5 (12)||09/09/1995||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||47-2-2||Freddie Delgado||TKO||5 (12)||18/06/1995||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||46-2-2||Anthony Hembrick||RTD||5 (12)||30/04/1995||Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won USBA light heavyweight title.|
|Win||45-2-2||Karl Willis||TKO||8 (10)||20/03/1995||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Loss||44-2-2||Montell Griffin||MD||12||18/02/1995||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title.|
|Loss||44-1-2||Roy Jones, Jr.||UD||12||18/11/1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||44-0-2||Charles Williams||KO||12 (12)||29/07/1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||43-0-2||Vinson Durham||UD||10||18/05/1994||Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Win||42-0-2||Tim Littles||TKO||4 (12)||05/03/1994||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States||Retained IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||41-0-2||Anthony Hembrick||TKO||7 (10)||16/01/1994||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||40-0-2||Tony Thornton||UD||12||29/10/1993||Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||Retained IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||39-0-2||Larry Prather||UD||10||24/08/1993||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||38-0-2||Danny Garcia||TKO||6 (10)||29/07/1993||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||37-0-2||Glenn Thomas||UD||10||06/06/1993||The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||36-0-2||Ricky Thomas||TKO||10 (10)||17/04/1993||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||35-0-2||Govoner Chavers||TKO||9 (10)||23/03/1993||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||34-0-2||Iran Barkley||RTD||9 (12)||13/02/1993||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won IBF super middleweight title.|
|Win||33-0-2||Doug DeWitt||RTD||6 (10)||05/12/1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||32-0-2||Mike McCallum||MD||12||29/08/1992||Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States||Retained Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||31-0-2||Ricky Stackhouse||TKO||3 (10)||26/05/1992||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||30-0-2||Glenn Wolfe||UD||12||11/04/1992||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||29-0-2||Dave Tiberi||SD||12||08/02/1992||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Draw||28-0-2||Mike McCallum||PTS||12||13/12/1991||Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Retained Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||28-0-1||Francesco Dell'Aquila||TKO||4 (12)||12/10/1991||Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Retained Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||27-0-1||Reggie Johnson||SD||12||29/06/1991||Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||26-0-1||Michael Nunn||TKO||11 (12)||10/05/1991||John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, United States||Won Lineal & IBF middleweight titles.|
|Win||25-0-1||Alberto Gonzalez||TKO||5 (10)||31/03/1991||Sands Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||24-0-1||Merqui Sosa||SD||12||13/01/1991||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||23-0-1||Jose Carlos Da Silva||TKO||5 (10)||10/12/1990||Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Win||22-0-1||Sanderline Williams||UD||10||16/10/1990||Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Win||21-0-1||Kevin Brazier||TKO||2 (10)||24/08/1990||Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Draw||20-0-1||Sanderline Williams||PTS||10||26/07/1990||Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Win||20–0||Ricardo Bryant||TKO||4 (12)||27/06/1990||Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Dearborn, Michigan, United States|
|Win||19–0||Horacio Rene Brandan||KO||2 (10)||23/05/1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||18–0||Jose Luis Esteven||TKO||5 (?)||27/04/1990||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||17–0||Toby Tyler||TKO||4 (6)||05/04/1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||16–0||Philip Morefield||KO||1 (10)||01/03/1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States||Won USA Michigan State middleweight title.|
|Win||15–0||Danny Thomas||UD||8||20/01/1990||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||14–0||Joe Johnson||KO||4 (?)||29/11/1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||13–0||Ron Amundsen||UD||10||13/11/1989||Central Park Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||12–0||Robert Clinton||KO||1 (?)||26/10/1989||International Hotel & Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||11–0||Ricardo Simpson||KO||2 (?)||12/10/1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||10–0||Joe Summers||TKO||2 (?)||21/09/1989||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9–0||Lemark Davis||UD||6||07/09/1989||The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Win||8–0||Mark Stephens||TKO||2 (?)||07/09/1989||Detroit Boat Club, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Win||7–0||Steve Chaney||KO||1 (?)||06/06/1989||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||6–0||Arthur Willis||SD||4||02/05/1989||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||5–0||James Fernandez||UD||4||16/02/1989||Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States|
|Win||4–0||Sammy Jenkins||TKO||4 (?)||17/01/1989||Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States|
|Win||3–0||Carl Penn||KO||1 (?)||10/01/1989||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||2–0||Ronnie Yoe||KO||1 (?)||06/12/1988||Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||1–0||Stephen Lee||TKO||2 (4)||26/10/1988||Thomas Crystal Gardens, Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States||Professional debut.|
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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- Professional MMA record for James Toney from Sherdog
- James Toney on entering into MMA
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|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 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