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Was Toney a 'slimmed-down' heavyweight all along?

James Toney garnered acclaim as a top pound-for-pound fighter in the '90s, but he still envisioned becoming a heavyweight champ. He'll have another shot at it Saturday.

Originally Published: March 14, 2006
By Steve Kim | MaxBoxing.com

During his days as a quarterback and safety at Huron High in Ann Arbor, Mich., James Toney -- who takes on Hasim Rahman for the WBC heavyweight title this Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. -- weighed 200 pounds on the gridiron as a "River Rat" by his senior year in 1987.

Yet by the time he made his pro debut against Stephen Lee in October of 1988 (a second-round knockout in Mt. Clemens, Mich.), he had shrunk himself down to a middleweight.

"Actually, I was 205 ...

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