James "Lights Out" Toney had the amateur record only of 33-2. Turning pro in 1989 as middleweight he won his first IBF world title in 1991, beating by TKO in 11-th Michael Nunn in Davenport, Iowa. After six succesful defences James going up to super-middle and becomes IBF world champion in 1993, beating by retirement of opponent in 9-th, Iran Barkley. After three succesful defences he suffers his first loss to Roy Jones Jr, by points. Toney had won and defend for few times IBO and WBU titles at light-heavy, before he beats Vassili Jirov of Kazakhstan by points and takes his IBF cruiserweight belt in 2003. In 2005 James fights for the WBA heavyweight title against John Ruiz, he beats him, but the decision has been changed on no contest, because of Toney's positive drug test. In 2006 he fought to draw against Hasim Rahman for the WBC heavyweight belt. Later on Toney lost twice to the former WBC heavyweight champion, The Nigerian Samuel Peter, both times by decision. But his last fight was in April 7, 2012, when he captured IBU heavyweight title, beating Bobby Gunn in 5-th.
James Toney is famous for his "old school style" and is recognized as one of the greatest fighters of history of boxing! On August 24, Lights Out Toney is celebrating his 46-th Birthday!!!