Toney's career looks to be over
The career of colourful former multi weight world champion James Toney seems to be at an end, at the highest level at least- after he lost a clear and unanimous 12 round decision to Denis Lebedev of Russia for the interim WBA cruiserweight title at Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia on Friday.
Cheered on by the partizan home crowd, Lebedev started slowly but soon upped the pace to batter the 43 year-old for the entire 12 rounds. All three judges scored the bout 120-108 for Lebedev.
Toney, 73-7-3-(44), who was limping after the fight suffered his second straight defeat.
As is pretty much always the case with fading former champ, Toney failed to admit he has come to the end of his career. "I had a bad night, but I’ll come back," he said. "I’m definitely not retiring."
The 32 year-old Lebedev began landing his powerful jab almost from round one, forcing Toney to the ropes.
Toney tried to impose his will in the third round by throwing several hooks but his timing was poor and only served Lebedev to increase his attacks.
Lebedev’s was trained by former IBF junior-welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu,
Lebedev was always in control but admitted after that he still respected Toney‘s powerful. "I saw in Toney’s eyes that he can strike back any time," Lebedev. said. "He was dangerous until the end."
November 4, 2011