For James Toney, luck is always nearby. It has been a long while since Toney was able to display any kind of a decent performance against a more or less formidable opponent. Whether it is due to time or circumstances, Toney hasn’t been a force in boxing for quite some time. Thus, expecting an entertaining fight from him should certainly not be anticipated.
Nevertheless, somehow Toney keeps getting fights, and not just any fights, but instead he is getting fights that others have to work hard and win numerous times to get.
According to a new report from BoxingScene.com, it is confirmed that on September 8, 2012, the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., will host a bout between James Toney and Tomasz Adamek.
Apparently beating Bobby Gunn in April was enough to give Toney the push in the right direction. This is a very good fight for Toney, where a victory would allow him more leverage in the future.
For Adamek, this fight brings nothing to the table. If he is to lose to Toney, Adamek will fall to the very bottom of the ranking ladder. If he beats Toney, absolutely nothing will come of it. There will be no benefit from this fight to Adamek’s resume or career.
So why make this fight then?
Truthfully, I am not entirely sure what the financial deal of this fight is for either fighter. For all we know, Adamek will come out with the bigger piece of the pie.
As far as the fight itself goes, I wouldn’t want to go too far and say that this will be a guaranteed win for the more active Adamek, but I will say that this is a fight he should be able to win without breaking too much of a sweat.
Toney used to be a great fighter, but has slowed down considerably over the years. His lack of footwork will cost him this fight. Adamek, despite not being a young and hungry powerhouse, is still a fighter who stays very active and is always is exemplary shape when entering the ring.
There should be an announcement with more details to come soon. This is an interesting matchup, and if not on pay-per-view, I think it's worth seeing.