What I don’t understand is why former top-notch fighters such as Evander Holyfield and James Toney keep at it when they are clearly no longer able to keep up with younger, hungrier rivals.
At first I thought that Holyfield was simply not done in his heart and truly believed that he's still capable of taking on top opposition, but after learning that he is in a dreadful financial situation, it was clear that money has to be a huge part of why he still wants to fight.
But for someone like James Toney, who as far as we know does not have anything forcing him back into the ring, to keep going after young guns is confusing. Don’t get me wrong, Toney is a great champion and will always be remembered as one.
But sometimes it feels as though he is just asking for a loss.
Now it seems Toney wants to go after Tyson Fury, and Fury is accepting his challenge. Fury said as much to World Boxing News:
“James Toney was a very good fighter,” Fury told World Boxing News.
“Although his last proper outing against Denis Lebedev (in November) spoke volumes of his chances against a man as me and I think he needed to retire ten years due.
“Seeing how he has got some sort of title then why not, let's fight! I’d be ready 100%. I didn't even know he had a title so let's get it on.
“He will earn his Savile row suit with the beating he's going to get,” he added.
Now, I don’t know about how exciting this fight would be, but I believe that Toney is putting himself in a very dangerous position, physically as well as concerning his career.
I don’t know who would win, but if I were forced to bet, I would put my money on Fury.
It’s highly unlikely that he would be able to send Toney to the floor, but I think that Fury would accumulate a healthy lead on points. The size difference is also overwhelming, and with limited stamina and lately imperfect movement, Toney might become a stationary target.
If Toney must fight someone, Chris Arreola would be his best option at this time. What do you think?