Toney to carry on in 'Prizefighter'
October, 22, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Jacob De Golish/ Icon SMIAt age 45, James Toney will continue on as part of the eight-man "Prizefighter" series in England.Former three-division champion James Toney, several years past his best days, is continuing to fight at age 45 and after 88 professional fights, not to mention thousands of rounds of sparring.
Unfortunately, Toney, who has been in financial difficulties, will be part of the 32nd edition of the popular "Prizefighter" series in England. It's an eight-man, one-night tournament of three-round bouts.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced the newest all-heavyweight edition on Monday, which will take place Nov. 7 at Bethnal Green in London. Of the eight slots, Hearn announced four (with the other four to be filled): Toney, Sherman Williams, Sam Sexton (a previous "Prizefighter" winner) and Larry Olubamiwo.
The card will be topped by 2012 British Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (1-0, 1 KO), who fights his second pro fight on Saturday in Sheffield, England and scheduled for his third bout on the Nov. 7 card.
"Word got out [Monday] that James Toney was in the line-up and it has already caused some reaction," Hearn said. "Heavyweight 'Prizefighter' is always the most exciting edition of the tournament and we are looking forward to selecting the final four participants."
Former middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight titlist Toney (75-8-3, 2 no decisions), who has been busted twice for failed steroid tests and noticeably slurs his words, took a vicious beating in his last world title bout, when he dropped down from heavyweight to cruiserweight and lost a shutout to Denis Lebedev in a 2011 interim title bout. Since then, Toney is 2-1 against low-level opposition.