James Toney

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James Toney
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Statistics
Real name James Nathaniel Toney
Nickname(s) Lights Out
Rated at Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Light Heavyweight
Super Middleweight
Middleweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78m)
Reach 72 in (183cm)
Nationality American
Born (1968-08-24) August 24, 1968 (age 46)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 90
Wins 76
Wins by KO 46
Losses 9
Draws 3
No contests 2

James "Lights Out" Toney (born August 24, 1968) is an American professional boxer. Toney is a former three-weight division world champion. He began his professional boxing career in 1988 as a middleweight. Toney is a defensive boxer, who uses an old school style known as the shoulder roll.[citation needed]

Major and Minor Titles Held[edit]

  • Michigan State - Middleweight (1990)
  • IBC - Middleweight (1990)
  • IBF - Middleweight (1991)
  • IBF - Super Middleweight (1993)
  • USBA - Light Heavyweight (1995)
  • WBU - Light Heavyweight (1995)
  • WBU Continental - Cruiserweight (1995)
  • WBU - Cruiserweight (1997)
  • IBA - Super Cruiserweight (2001)
  • IBF - Cruiserweight (2003)
  • IBA - Heavyweight (2004)
  • WBC Continental Americas - Heavyweight (2004)
  • WBO - Heavyweight (2008)
  • IBA - Heavyweight (2008)
  • NABO - Heavyweight (2008)
  • IBU - Heavyweight (2012)

Biography[edit]

Boxing career[edit]

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)[citation needed]

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.[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Middleweight champion[edit]

Toney's unbeaten run landed him a shot at Lineal & IBF Middleweight Champion Michael "Second to" Nunn, in May 1991. Nunn dominated Toney over the first 10 rounds. 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 new IBF Middleweight champion.[citation needed]

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. One of 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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

Super Middleweight champion[edit]

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.

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, 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 had faced up to this point.[citation needed]

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.[3]) 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.

Cruiserweight champion[edit]

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.

Heavyweight[edit]

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.[this quote needs a citation]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 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.[citation needed] He appealed the suspension and it was reduced to six 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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[edit]

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.[7]

Prizefighter International Heavyweights 2013[edit]

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[edit]

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.[8]

To attempt to help his transition into MMA, Toney was coached by trainer Juanito Ibarra.[9][10] Toney was later coached by Trevor Sherman.[11]

Toney vs. Couture[edit]

His debut fight was against Hall of Famer and former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion, Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010.[12] Couture scored a takedown against Toney within 25 seconds into the bout and at 3:19, Couture submitted Toney.[13] Toney was released from his contract with the UFC.[14]

Personal life[edit]

James Toney co-starred as Joe Frazier in the 2001 film Ali. James Toney has family in Charlotte, North Carolina. James Toney has attended Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and in 1997 he married his current wife, Angie Toney.

Honors[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

76 Wins (46 knockouts), 9 Losses, 3 Draws, 2 No Contests[15]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 76–9–3
2 NC
United States Jason Gavern MD 3 November 14, 2013 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom UK Prizefighter Semi Final
Win 76–8–3
2 NC
United Kingdom Matt Legg TKO 3 November 14, 2013 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom UK Prizefighter Quarter Final
Win 75–8–3
2 NC
United States Kenny Lemos UD 8 June 28, 2013 United States Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, Colorado, United States
Loss 74–8–3
2 NC
Australia Lucas Browne UD 12 April 28, 2013 Australia Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia WBF Heavyweight Title
Win 74–7–3
2 NC
United States Bobby Gunn TKO 5 July 4, 2012 United States Lander's Center, Southaven, Mississippi, United States IBU Heavyweight Title
Loss 73–7–3
2 NC
Russia Denis Lebedev UD 12 November 4, 2011 Russia Khodynka Arena, Moscow, Russia WBA Cruiserweight Title
Win 73–6–3
2 NC
United States Damon Reed UD 10 February 24, 2011 United States San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland, California, United States
Win 72–6–3
2 NC
United States Matthew Greer KO 2 September 12, 2009 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States
Win 71–6–3
2 NC
United States Fres Oquendo SD 12 December 13, 2008 United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, United States WBO Heavyweight Title
NABO Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
NC 70–6–3
2 NC
United States Hasim Rahman NC 3 July 16, 2008 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States WBO Heavyweight Title
NABO Heavyweight Title
Win 70–6–3
1 NC
United States Danny Batchelder SD 10 May 24, 2007 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States
Loss 69–6–3
1 NC
Nigeria Samuel Peter UD 12 January 6, 2007 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casinon, Hollywood, Florida, United States NABF Heavyweight Title
Loss 69–5–3
1 NC
Nigeria Samuel Peter SD 12 September 2, 2006 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States NABF Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
Draw 69–4–3
1 NC
United States Hasim Rahman MD 12 March 18, 2006 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WBC Heavyweight Title
Win 69–4–2
1 NC
United States Dominick Guinn UD 12 October 1, 2005 United States Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States IBA Heavyweight Title
NC 68–4–2
1 NC
United States John Ruiz ND 12 April 30, 2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States WBA Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
Win 68–4–2 United States Rydell Booker UD 12 September 23, 2004 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Title
IBA Heavyweight Title
Win 67–4–2 United States Evander Holyfield TKO 9 October 4, 2003 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 66–4–2 Kazakhstan Vassiliy Jirov UD 12 April 26, 2003 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States IBF Cruiserweight Title
Win 65–4–2 United States Jason Robinson KO 7 August 18, 2002 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States
Win 64–4–2 United States Michael Rush TKO 10 May 31, 2002 United States Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, United States
Win 63–4–2 Tonga Sione Asipeli UD 10 March 22, 2002 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 62–4–2 United States Wesley Martin TKO 3 July 30, 2001 United States Crystal Park Casino, Compton, California, United States
Win 61–4–2 Mexico Saul Montana TKO 2 March 29, 2001 United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, United States IBA Super Cruiserweight Title
Win 60–4–2 United States Courtney Butler TKO 3 November 3, 2000 United States Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States
Win 59–4–2 United States Terry McGroom MD 10 January 21, 2000 United States DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 58–4–2 Cuba Ramon Garbey UD 10 October 8, 1999 United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, United States
Win 57–4–2 United States Adolpho Washington TKO 10 July 30, 1999 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 56–4–2 United States Terry Porter TKO 8 March 7, 1999 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 55–4–2 United States Steve Little UD 12 June 14, 1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States IBO Cruiserweight Title
Loss 54–4–2 Malawi Drake Thadzi MD 12 May 14, 1997 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States IBO Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 54–3–2 Jamaica Mike McCallum UD 12 February 22, 1997 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States WBU Cruiserweight Title
Loss 53–3–2 United States Montell Griffin UD 12 December 6, 1996 United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, United States WBU Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 53–2–2 Jamaica Duran Williams TKO 9 August 9, 1996 United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States WBU Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 52–2–2 United States Charles Oliver UD 10 July 3, 1996 United States Station Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Win 51–2–2 United States Earl Butler TKO 4 May 14, 1996 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States WBU Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 50–2–2 United States Richard Mason UD 10 March 1, 1996 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
Win 49–2–2 United States Greg Everett KO 2 December 8, 1995 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States WBU Continental Cruiserweight Title
Win 48–2–2 United States Ernest Mateen DQ 5 September 9, 1995 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBU Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 47–2–2 Puerto Rico Freddie Delgado TKO 5 June 18, 1995 United States New Orleans, Louisiana, United States WBU Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 46–2–2 United States Anthony Hembrick TKO 5 April 30, 1995 United States Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States USBA Light-Heavyweight Title
Win 45–2–2 United States Karl Willis TKO 8 March 20, 1995 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Loss 44–2–2 United States Montell Griffin MD 12 February 18, 1995 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Intercontinental Light-Heavyweight Title
Loss 44–1–2 United States Roy Jones, Jr. UD 12 November 18, 1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Super-Middleweight Title
Win 44–0–2 United States Charles Williams KO 12 July 29, 1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Super-Middleweight Title
Win 43–0–2 United States Vinson Durham UD 10 May 18, 1994 United States Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 42–0–2 United States Tim Littles TKO 4 March 5, 1994 United States Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States IBF Super-Middleweight Title
Win 41–0–2 United States Anthony Hembrick TKO 7 January 16, 1994 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 40–0–2 United States Tony Thornton UD 12 October 29, 1993 United States Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States IBF Super-Middleweight Title
Win 39–0–2 United States Larry Prather UD 10 August 24, 1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 38–0–2 Puerto Rico Danny Garcia TKO 6 July 29, 1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 37–0–2 United States Glenn Thomas UD 10 June 6, 1993 United States The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 36–0–2 United States Ricky Thomas TKO 10 April 17, 1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 35–0–2 United States Govoner Chavers TKO 9 March 23, 1993 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 34–0–2 United States Iran Barkley TKO 9 February 13, 1993 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Super-Middleweight Title
Win 33–0–2 United States Doug DeWitt TKO 6 December 5, 1992 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 32–0–2 Jamaica Mike McCallum MD 12 August 29, 1992 United States Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, United States IBF Middleweight Title
Win 31–0–2 United States Ricky Stackhouse TKO 3 May 26, 1992 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 30–0–2 United States Glenn Wolfe UD 12 April 11, 1992 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Middleweight title
Win 29–0–2 United States Dave Tiberi SD 12 February 8, 1992 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF Middleweight Title
Draw 28–0–2 Jamaica Mike McCallum UD 12 December 13, 1991 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBF Middleweight Title
Win 28–0–1 Italy Francesco Dell'Aquila TKO 4 October 12, 1991 Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, Monaco IBF Middleweight Title
Win 27–0–1 United States Reggie Johnson SD 12 June 29, 1991 United States Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States IBF Middleweight Title
Win 26–0–1 United States Michael Nunn TKO 11 May 10, 1991 United States John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, United States IBF Middleweight Title
Win 25–0–1 United States Alberto Gonzalez TKO 5 March 31, 1991 United States Sands Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 24–0–1 Dominican Republic Merqui Sosa SD 12 January 13, 1991 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States IBC Middleweight Title
Win 23–0–1 Brazil Jose Carlos Da Silva TKO 5 December 10, 1990 United States Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Win 22–0–1 United States Sanderline Williams UD 10 October 16, 1990 United States Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, United States
Win 21–0–1 United States Kevin Brazier TKO 2 August 24, 1990 United States Hyatt Regency Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Draw 20–0–1 United States Sanderline Williams MD 10 July 26, 1990 United States Dearborn, Michigan, United States
Win 20–0 United States Ricardo Bryant TKO 4 June 27, 1990 United States Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Dearborn, Michigan, United States IBC Middleweight Title
Win 19–0 Argentina Horacio Rene Brandan KO 2 May 23, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 18–0 Venezuela Jose Luis Esteven TKO 5 April 27, 1990 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 17–0 United States Toby Tyler TKO 5 April 5, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 16–0 United States Philip Morefield KO 1 March 1, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Michigan State Middleweight Title
Win 15–0 United States Danny Thomas UD 8 January 20, 1990 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 14–0 United States Joe Johnson KO 4 November 29, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 13–0 United States Ron Amundsen UD 10 November 13, 1989 United States Central Park Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 12–0 United States Robert Clinton KO 1 October 26, 1989 United States International Hotel & Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–0 United States Ricardo Simpson KO 2 October 12, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 10–0 United States Joe Summers TKO 2 September 21, 1989 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 United States Lemark Davis UD 6 September 7, 1989 United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 8–0 United States Mark Stephens TKO 2 September 7, 1989 United States Detroit Boat Club, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Win 7–0 United States Steve Chaney KO 1 June 6, 1989 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 United States Arthur Willis SD 4 May 2, 1989 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 5–0 United States James Fernandez UD 4 February 16, 1989 United States Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States
Win 4–0 United States Sammy Jenkins TKO 4 January 17, 1989 United States Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States
Win 3–0 United States Carl Penn KO 1 January 10, 1989 United States Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 2–0 United States Ronnie Yoe KO 1 December 6, 1988 United States Omni New Daisy Theater, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 1–0 United States Stephen Lee TKO 2 October 26, 1988 United States Thomas Crystal Gardens, Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 Randy Couture Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 118 August 28, 2010 1 3:19 Boston, Massachusetts, United States loses heavyweight debut.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Julio César Chávez
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Riddick Bowe
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Glen Johnson
Preceded by
Evander Holyfield
BWAA Fighter of the Year
1991
Succeeded by
Riddick Bowe
Preceded by
Vernon Forrest
BWAA Fighter of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Glen Johnson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Michael Nunn
IBF Middleweight Champion
May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Roy Jones, Jr.
Lineal Middleweight Champion
May 10, 1991 – February 13, 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Bernard Hopkins
Preceded by
Iran Barkley
IBF Super Middleweight Champion
February 13, 1993 – November 18, 1994
Succeeded by
Roy Jones, Jr.
Preceded by
Vassiliy Jirov
IBF Cruiserweight Champion
April 26, 2003 – September 2003
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Kelvin Davis
Vacant
Title last held by
Kali Meehan
NABO Heavyweight Champion
December 13, 2008 – August 13, 2009
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Brian Minto
Titles in pretence
New title World Middleweight Champion
IBC recognition

June 27, 1990 – May 10, 1991
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Danny Garcia
World Light Heavyweight Champion
WBU recognition

June 18, 1995 – December 6, 1996
Succeeded by
Montell Griffin
Vacant
Title last held by
Lou Savarese
World Heavyweight Champion
IBA Recognition

September 23, 2004 – September 2, 2006
Succeeded by
Samuel Peter
Vacant
Title last held by
Samuel Peter
World Heavyweight Champion
IBA Recognition

December 13, 2008 – July 23, 2011
Stripped
Vacant