How much is James Toney worth?

Net Worth:$2 Million
Profession:Professional Boxer
Date of Birth:August 24, 1968
Country:United States of America
Height:
1.76 m

Who Is James Toney

One of my favorite boxers of all time (for many different reasons) would have to be the one and only James “Lights Out” Toney. His style in the ring and outside the ring is one that was unique to say the least. Although he is still technically an active fighter his best days are without doubt behind him at this point but what a career he had, something he can look back on and be very proud of indeed. 

Today James Toney has a net worth of $2 million dollars in 2020.

I truly believe that Toney doesn’t really get the universal credit he deserves outside of the hardcore boxing fan base and the boxing industry itself. This could be because he was always an outspoken guy who did things his own way but what a hell of a fighter he was. He was an old school guy who believed on beating on his craft in the gym by putting in countless hours of brutal sparring where he never took it easy on guy,s who he often “dogged out” which can be seen in many youtube clips. I heard Toney once say before that the reason for that was because when he was coming up through the ranks in Detroit things were never given to him or made easy for him in the gym and that old school fighters believed to learn ones craft it is important to get “their ass beat” to develop as fighters. An old school philosophy that traces it’s way back to the beginnings of this great sport.

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In the ring Toney was dynamite on his day, mixing unbelievable defense encapsulated by the shoulder roll which Floyd Mayweather has gone on to make famous, and backed up with some genuine one punch knockout power, lightning fast hands, beautifully timed counter punches, tremendous punch variation and last but not least, a rock solid chin that never saw him come even remotely close to been knocked out.

The thing I really loved about Toney too was his unique style outside the ring where he just seemed so real, so raw and a genuine dude who really was just looking to get in there and take guys clean out. In an age where it seems that fighters now actually duck each other and where the best do not always take on the best, Toney bucked this trait by fighting the best of his era where he could. The only time I can ever really remember Toney getting outclassed for pure boxing skill was when he fought Roy Jones. If you have not seen the fight check it out on youtube. For a boxing purist and chess player like me, it’s an intriguing affair where a young Roy Jones at the time was just that bit more tactically superior at the time than Toney. Even when Jones did something to Toney that not many do in dropping him, you can almost see the raw toughness of Toney coming through when he got up straight away and his first instinct was to blast Roy back, that’s James Toney for you.

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He’s a guy who moved through the divisions too which I don’t think he get’s enough credit for. He eventually stopped a still very game 41 year old Evander Holyfield in one of his best performances ever in my opinion. Holyfield was in remarkable shape for the fight and started out like a train against Toney but alas, Toney found his range and eventually broke “The Real Deal” down and stopped him inside the distance.

James Toney, one of the best defensive fighters ever in my opinion.

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