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James Toney Record

Total Fights92
Title Wins3
Title Defenses9
Title-Fight KOs5
KO Wins47
KO Losses0
James Toney Record & Stats
James Toney's Record
James Toney's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is James Toney's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 28 years and six months, James Toney fought 92 times with 77 wins, 10 losses, and 3 draws.

      Toney retired from professional boxing with a record of 77-10-3, which included three world-title wins and nine successful title defense fights at two weight classes — middleweight and super-middleweight. He had a 52.2% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 47 of his total 92 fights being knockout wins, five of which were in title fights. Toney never lost via knockout.

      His last fight was a 6th round TKO victory over Mike Sheppard on May 13, 2017.

      Some of Toney's best fights and notable victories include wins over two Hall-of-Famers (Evander Holyfield and Mike McCallum), Vassiliy Jirov, Michael Nunn, Iran Barkley, Rydell Booker, and Reggie Johnson.

      92May 13, 201748Mike SheppardWinTKO6
      91Aug 8, 201546Charles EllisLossUD
      90Nov 14, 201345Jason GavernLossMD
      89Nov 14, 201345Matt LeggWinTKO3
      88Jun 28, 201344Kenny LemosWinUD
      87Apr 28, 201344Lucas BrowneLossUD
      86Jul 4, 201243Bobby GunnWinRTD5
      85Nov 4, 201143Denis LebedevLossUD
      84Feb 24, 201142Damon ReedWinUD
      83Sep 12, 200941Matthew GreerWinKO2
      82Dec 13, 200840Fres OquendoWinSD
      81Jul 16, 200839Hasim RahmanNCTKO3
      80May 24, 200738Danny BatchelderWinSD
      79Jan 6, 200738Samuel PeterLossUD
      78Sep 2, 200638Samuel PeterLossSD
      77Mar 18, 200637Hasim RahmanDraw *MD
      76Oct 1, 200537Dominick GuinnWinUD
      75Apr 30, 200536John RuizNCUD
      74Sep 23, 200436Rydell BookerWinUD
      73Oct 4, 200335Evander HolyfieldWinTKO9
      72Apr 26, 200334Vassiliy JirovWin *UD
      71Aug 18, 200233Jason RobinsonWinKO7
      70May 31, 200233Michael RushWinTKO10
      69Mar 22, 200233Sione AsipeliWinUD
      68Jul 30, 200132Wesley MartinWinTKO3
      67Mar 29, 200132Saúl MontanaWinTKO2
      66Nov 3, 200032Courtney ButlerWinTKO3
      65Jan 21, 200031Terry McGroomWinMD
      64Oct 8, 199931Ramón GarbeyWinUD
      63Jul 30, 199930Adolpho WashingtonWinTKO10
      62Mar 7, 199930Terry PorterWinTKO8
      61Jun 14, 199728Steve LittleWinUD
      60May 14, 199728Drake ThadziLossMD
      59Feb 22, 199728Mike McCallumWinUD
      58Dec 6, 199628Montell GriffinLossUD
      57Aug 9, 199627Duran WilliamsWinTKO9
      56Jul 3, 199627Charles OliverWinUD
      55May 14, 199627Earl ButlerWinTKO4
      54Mar 1, 199627Richard MasonWinUD
      53Dec 8, 199527Greg EverettWinKO2
      52Sep 9, 199527Ernest MateenWinDQ
      51Jun 18, 199526Freddie DelgadoWinTKO5
      50Apr 30, 199526Anthony HembrickWinRTD5
      49Mar 20, 199526Karl WillisWinTKO8
      48Feb 18, 199526Montell GriffinLossMD
      47Nov 18, 199426Roy Jones Jr.Loss *UD
      46Jul 29, 199425Charles WilliamsWin *KO12
      45May 18, 199425Vinson DurhamWinUD
      44Mar 5, 199425Tim LittlesWin *TKO4
      43Jan 16, 199425Anthony HembrickWinTKO7
      42Oct 29, 199325Tony ThorntonWin *UD
      41Aug 24, 199325Larry PratherWinUD
      40Jul 29, 199324Danny GarciaWinRTD6
      39Jun 6, 199324Glenn ThomasWinUD
      38Apr 17, 199324Ricky ThomasWinTKO10
      37Mar 23, 199324Govoner ChaversWinTKO9
      36Feb 13, 199324Iran BarkleyWin *RTD9
      35Dec 5, 199224Doug DeWittWinRTD6
      34Aug 29, 199224Mike McCallumWin *MD
      33May 26, 199223Ricky StackhouseWinTKO3
      32Apr 11, 199223Glenn WolfeWin *UD
      31Feb 8, 199223Dave TiberiWin *SD
      30Dec 13, 199123Mike McCallumDraw *SD
      29Oct 12, 199123Francesco Dell'AquilaWin *TKO4
      28Jun 29, 199122Reggie JohnsonWin *SD
      27May 10, 199122Michael NunnWin *TKO11
      26Mar 31, 199122Alberto GonzalezWinTKO5
      25Jan 13, 199122Merqui SosaWinSD
      24Dec 10, 199022Carlos SilvaWinTKO5
      23Oct 16, 199022Sanderline WilliamsWinUD
      22Aug 24, 199022Kevin BrazierWinTKO2
      21Jul 26, 199021Sanderline WilliamsDrawMD
      20Jun 27, 199021Ricardo BryantWinTKO4
      19May 23, 199021Horacio Rene BrandanWinKO2
      18Apr 27, 199021Jose Luis EstevenWinTKO5
      17Apr 5, 199021Toby TylerWinTKO5
      16Mar 1, 199021Philip MorefieldWinKO1
      15Jan 20, 199021Danny ThomasWinUD
      14Nov 29, 198921Joe JohnsonWinTKO4
      13Nov 13, 198921Ron AmundsenWinUD
      12Oct 26, 198921Robert ClintonWinKO1
      11Oct 12, 198921Ricardo SimpsonWinKO2
      10Sep 21, 198921Joe SummersWinTKO2
      9Sep 7, 198921Lemark DavisWinUD
      8Jul 20, 198920Mark StephensWinTKO2
      7Jun 6, 198920Steve ChaneyWinKO1
      6May 2, 198920Arthur WillisWinSD
      5Feb 16, 198920James FernandezWinUD
      4Jan 17, 198920Sammy JenkinsWinTKO4
      3Jan 10, 198920Carl PennWinKO1
      2Dec 6, 198820Ronnie YoeWinKO1
      1Oct 26, 198820Stephen LeeWinTKO2

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      James Toney is a 55-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. on August 24, 1968. He is a former three-weight-class world champion. Toney was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2022. His professional boxing career spanned more than 28 years — from 1988 to 2017.

      Toney made his professional boxing 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.

      He 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 three weight classes. For all the details about Toney's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Toney had a total of 10 losses in his professional boxing career.

      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 6 years, 11 months, and 10 days since this fight.


      Toney had a total of 14 world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and nine successful title defenses. He won 11 of these fights, lost one, and drew in two.

      Title Wins

      James Toney fought for world titles in four fights and won three of these fights, two of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won three belts across three weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Apr 26, 2003Vassiliy JirovCruiserweightIBFUD
      Feb 13, 1993Iran BarkleySuper-middleweightIBFRTD
      May 10, 1991Michael NunnMiddleweightIBFTKO

      Title Defenses

      James Toney had 10 world-title defense fights across two weight classes — middleweight (x6) and super-middleweight (x4). He won nine of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jul 29, 1994Charles WilliamsSuper-middleweightIBFKO
      Mar 5, 1994Tim LittlesSuper-middleweightIBFTKO
      Oct 29, 1993Tony ThorntonSuper-middleweightIBFUD
      Aug 29, 1992Mike McCallumMiddleweightIBFMD
      Apr 11, 1992Glenn WolfeMiddleweightIBFUD
      Feb 8, 1992Dave TiberiMiddleweightIBFSD
      Dec 13, 1991Mike McCallumMiddleweightIBFSD (draw)
      Oct 12, 1991Francesco Dell'AquilaMiddleweightIBFTKO
      Jun 29, 1991Reggie JohnsonMiddleweightIBFSD

      Title Losses

      James Toney lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Nov 18, 1994Roy Jones Jr.Super-middleweightIBFUD


      Toney fought a total of 92 times during his professional career, which includes 14 world-title fights at four weight divisions. He put on some great performances in these fights. These seven fights are the highlight of his career.

      • May 10, 1991: Toney wins his first world title by defeating Michael Nunn via 11th round TKO. He is now the IBF middleweight world champion.

      • June 29, 1991: Toney successfully defends the IBF middleweight title against Reggie Johnson, winning the fight via 12 round split decision.

      • August 29, 1992: Toney successfully defends the IBF middleweight title against Mike McCallum, winning the fight via 12 round majority decision.

      • February 13, 1993: Toney wins the IBF super-middleweight title from Iran Barkley, by beating Barkley via 9th round RTD.

      • April 26, 2003: Toney wins the IBF cruiserweight title from Vassiliy Jirov, by beating Jirov via 12 round unanimous decision.

      • October 4, 2003: James Toney beats Evander Holyfield via 9th round TKO.

      • September 23, 2004: James Toney beats Rydell Booker via 12th round unanimous decision.


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