Boxing Writer on UFC 118: James Toney "Shouldn't Be Fighting Anymore"

For some reason the more you know about James Toney's boxing career, the less you care about seeing him fight in 2010.

Lee Payton of The Boxing Bulletin acknowledges that James Toney will likely be a boxing Hall of Famer, but he also writes:

Now in his 40's he looks more like someone's loud uncle than an active prize fighter. In all honesty, he shouldn't be fighting anymore. With the gut he is currently sporting and the miles he's accumulated, boxing at a high level is out of the question, so here he is trying to make a quick buck in MMA.

He also talks about the match-up:

Well, as far as I can tell, the only good news for Toney is the fact that the fight starts on the feet. I think he'll have to take advantage of this by coming out aggressive or it will get ugly in a hurry. Some would argue that being in a cage for the first time will have a negative effect on the rookie, and that could be the case, but James has always been one of the most relaxed fighters in the game. Maybe too relaxed. Personally, I think the extra nerves could be good for him. Perhaps if he's on edge, he'll use that energy to set up a swift attack, rather than waiting for opportunities to counterpunch. His usual demeanor will only get him hurt, in my opinion.

He makes a prediction too, but you'll have to read the whole thing.

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