In a career spanning 28 years and 6 months, James Toney fought 92 times with 77 wins, 10 losses, and 3 draws. By his last professional fight on May 13, 2017, Toney's boxing record stood at 77-10-3 (47 KO wins).
James Toney is a retired American professional boxer. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. on August 24, 1968. Toney made his professional boxing debut at the age of 20 on October 26, 1988. He is a former 3-weight-class world champion. He is 54 years old, and will be turning 55 in 6 months and 20 days. Toney is a Hall of Famer.
|Total Title Wins||3|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||5|
|Losses via KO||0|
|92||May 13, 2017||48||Mike Sheppard||Win||TKO6|
|91||Aug 8, 2015||46||Charles Ellis||Loss||UD|
|90||Nov 14, 2013||45||Jason Gavern||Loss||MD|
|89||Nov 14, 2013||45||Matt Legg||Win||TKO3|
|88||Jun 28, 2013||44||Kenny Lemos||Win||UD|
|87||Apr 28, 2013||44||Lucas Browne||Loss||UD|
|86||Jul 4, 2012||43||Bobby Gunn||Win||RTD5|
|85||Nov 4, 2011||43||Denis Lebedev||Loss||UD|
|84||Feb 24, 2011||42||Damon Reed||Win||UD|
|83||Sep 12, 2009||41||Matthew Greer||Win||KO2|
|82||Dec 13, 2008||40||Fres Oquendo||Win||SD|
|81||Jul 16, 2008||39||Hasim Rahman||NC||TKO3|
|80||May 24, 2007||38||Danny Batchelder||Win||SD|
|79||Jan 6, 2007||38||Samuel Peter||Loss||UD|
|78||Sep 2, 2006||38||Samuel Peter||Loss||SD|
|77||Mar 18, 2006||37||Hasim Rahman||Draw||MD|
|76||Oct 1, 2005||37||Dominick Guinn||Win||UD|
|75||Apr 30, 2005||36||John Ruiz||NC||UD|
|74||Sep 23, 2004||36||Rydell Booker||Win||UD|
|73||Oct 4, 2003||35||Evander Holyfield||Win||TKO9|
|72||Apr 26, 2003||34||Vassiliy Jirov||Win||UD|
|71||Aug 18, 2002||33||Jason Robinson||Win||KO7|
|70||May 31, 2002||33||Michael Rush||Win||TKO10|
|69||Mar 22, 2002||33||Sione Asipeli||Win||UD|
|68||Jul 30, 2001||32||Wesley Martin||Win||TKO3|
|67||Mar 29, 2001||32||Saúl Montana||Win||TKO2|
|66||Nov 3, 2000||32||Courtney Butler||Win||TKO3|
|65||Jan 21, 2000||31||Terry McGroom||Win||MD|
|64||Oct 8, 1999||31||Ramón Garbey||Win||UD|
|63||Jul 30, 1999||30||Adolpho Washington||Win||TKO10|
|62||Mar 7, 1999||30||Terry Porter||Win||TKO8|
|61||Jun 14, 1997||28||Steve Little||Win||UD|
|60||May 14, 1997||28||Drake Thadzi||Loss||MD|
|59||Feb 22, 1997||28||Mike McCallum||Win||UD|
|58||Dec 6, 1996||28||Montell Griffin||Loss||UD|
|57||Aug 9, 1996||27||Duran Williams||Win||TKO9|
|56||Jul 3, 1996||27||Charles Oliver||Win||UD|
|55||May 14, 1996||27||Earl Butler||Win||TKO4|
|54||Mar 1, 1996||27||Richard Mason||Win||UD|
|53||Dec 8, 1995||27||Greg Everett||Win||KO2|
|52||Sep 9, 1995||27||Ernest Mateen||Win||DQ|
|51||Jun 18, 1995||26||Freddie Delgado||Win||TKO5|
|50||Apr 30, 1995||26||Anthony Hembrick||Win||RTD5|
|49||Mar 20, 1995||26||Karl Willis||Win||TKO8|
|48||Feb 18, 1995||26||Montell Griffin||Loss||MD|
|47||Nov 18, 1994||26||Roy Jones Jr.||Loss||UD|
|46||Jul 29, 1994||25||Charles Williams||Win||KO12|
|45||May 18, 1994||25||Vinson Durham||Win||UD|
|44||Mar 5, 1994||25||Tim Littles||Win||TKO4|
|43||Jan 16, 1994||25||Anthony Hembrick||Win||TKO7|
|42||Oct 29, 1993||25||Tony Thornton||Win||UD|
|41||Aug 24, 1993||25||Larry Prather||Win||UD|
|40||Jul 29, 1993||24||Danny Garcia||Win||RTD6|
|39||Jun 6, 1993||24||Glenn Thomas||Win||UD|
|38||Apr 17, 1993||24||Ricky Thomas||Win||TKO10|
|37||Mar 23, 1993||24||Govoner Chavers||Win||TKO9|
|36||Feb 13, 1993||24||Iran Barkley||Win||RTD9|
|35||Dec 5, 1992||24||Doug DeWitt||Win||RTD6|
|34||Aug 29, 1992||24||Mike McCallum||Win||MD|
|33||May 26, 1992||23||Ricky Stackhouse||Win||TKO3|
|32||Apr 11, 1992||23||Glenn Wolfe||Win||UD|
|31||Feb 8, 1992||23||Dave Tiberi||Win||SD|
|30||Dec 13, 1991||23||Mike McCallum||Draw||SD|
|29||Oct 12, 1991||23||Francesco Dell'Aquila||Win||TKO4|
|28||Jun 29, 1991||22||Reggie Johnson||Win||SD|
|27||May 10, 1991||22||Michael Nunn||Win||TKO11|
|26||Mar 31, 1991||22||Alberto Gonzalez||Win||TKO5|
|25||Jan 13, 1991||22||Merqui Sosa||Win||SD|
|24||Dec 10, 1990||22||Carlos Silva||Win||TKO5|
|23||Oct 16, 1990||22||Sanderline Williams||Win||UD|
|22||Aug 24, 1990||22||Kevin Brazier||Win||TKO2|
|21||Jul 26, 1990||21||Sanderline Williams||Draw||MD|
|20||Jun 27, 1990||21||Ricardo Bryant||Win||TKO4|
|19||May 23, 1990||21||Horacio Rene Brandan||Win||KO2|
|18||Apr 27, 1990||21||Jose Luis Esteven||Win||TKO5|
|17||Apr 5, 1990||21||Toby Tyler||Win||TKO5|
|16||Mar 1, 1990||21||Philip Morefield||Win||KO1|
|15||Jan 20, 1990||21||Danny Thomas||Win||UD|
|14||Nov 29, 1989||21||Joe Johnson||Win||TKO4|
|13||Nov 13, 1989||21||Ron Amundsen||Win||UD|
|12||Oct 26, 1989||21||Robert Clinton||Win||KO1|
|11||Oct 12, 1989||21||Ricardo Simpson||Win||KO2|
|10||Sep 21, 1989||21||Joe Summers||Win||TKO2|
|9||Sep 7, 1989||21||Lemark Davis||Win||UD|
|8||Jul 20, 1989||20||Mark Stephens||Win||TKO2|
|7||Jun 6, 1989||20||Steve Chaney||Win||KO1|
|6||May 2, 1989||20||Arthur Willis||Win||SD|
|5||Feb 16, 1989||20||James Fernandez||Win||UD|
|4||Jan 17, 1989||20||Sammy Jenkins||Win||TKO4|
|3||Jan 10, 1989||20||Carl Penn||Win||KO1|
|2||Dec 6, 1988||20||Ronnie Yoe||Win||KO1|
|1||Oct 26, 1988||20||Stephen Lee||Win||TKO2|
James Toney's professional boxing career spanned more than 28 years — from 1988 to 2017.
Toney made his debut against Stephen Lee at the age of 20 on October 26, 1988, defeating Lee via 2nd round TKO. He went on to win 19 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 14 wins via stoppage.
Toney had his first world title fight at the age of 22 on May 10, 1991 after 26 professional fights, against Michael Nunn for the middleweight IBF title. He defeated Nunn via 11th round TKO to become the middleweight champion of the world.
Toney has won three world titles at 3 weight classes. For all the details about Toney's world title wins and defenses refer to "James Toney World Titles".
Some of Toney's best fights and notable victories include wins over Michael Nunn, Vassiliy Jirov, Evander Holyfield, Iran Barkley, and Mike McCallum.
James Toney had a total of 10 losses in his professional boxing career — one of them in a title bout and nine in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Roy Jones Jr. via 12 round unanimous decision on November 18, 1994, which ended his 44-fight win streak. He has never been stopped, all his losses came via decision. For more details about these defeats, refer to "All of James Toney's losses".
His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Mike Sheppard on May 13, 2017. Toney won the fight via 6th round TKO. It's been 5 years, 8 months, and 22 days since this fight.
Toney retired from professional boxing with a record of 77-10-3, which included 47 knockout wins, and 3 title wins. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2022.
James Toney fought a total of 92 times during his professional career. He put on some great performances in these fights. These four fights are the highlight of his career.
A 22-year old James Toney (25-0-1, 18 KO) had his first world title fight against an undefeated Michael Nunn for Nunn's IBF middleweight belt. Nunn was 28 years old with a record of 36-0. Nunn was on a 36-fight win streak with 24 KO wins, and was the taller of the two by 7 cms and also had a 13 cm reach advantage over Toney.
Toney defeated Nunn via 11th round TKO to win the IBF middleweight title. He handed Nunn the first loss of his career, and put an end to Nunn's 36-fight win streak.
A 24-year old James Toney (33-0-2, 22 KO) faced Iran Barkley, who was 32 years old with a record of 30-7. Barkley was on a five-fight win streak with 18 KO wins, and was the taller of the two by 7 cms and also had a 5 cm reach advantage over Toney.
Toney defeated Barkley via 9th round RTD to win the IBF super-middleweight title.
A 34-year old James Toney (65-4-2, 42 KO) faced an undefeated Vassiliy Jirov, who was 29 years old with a record of 31-0. Jirov was on a 31-fight win streak with 27 KO wins, and was the taller of the two by 10 cms and also had a 5 cm reach advantage over Toney.
Toney defeated Jirov via 12 round unanimous decision to win the IBF cruiserweight title. He handed Jirov the first loss of his career, and put an end to Jirov's 31-fight win streak.
A 35-year old James Toney (66-4-2, 42 KO) faced Evander Holyfield, who was 40 years old with a record of 38-6-2. Holyfield was on a one-fight losing streak, and was the taller of the two by 11 cms and also had a 14 cm reach advantage over Toney.
Toney defeated Holyfield via 9th round TKO.
Some of Toney's best wins were against Michael Nunn, Vassiliy Jirov, Evander Holyfield, Iran Barkley, and Mike McCallum.
Toney knocked out 47 of his 92 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 52.2%. Of his total 77 wins, 47 of them were via KO (61%).
Toney had 10 losses. Charles Ellis, Jason Gavern, Lucas Browne, Denis Lebedev, and Samuel Peter are some of the boxers who have beaten Toney.