James Toney didn't have to deal with any ground and pound last Saturday when he returned to the boxing ring. (Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Former boxing star and one-time UFC competitor James Toney returned to action Saturday night, defeating Bobby Gunn after Gunn didn't come off his stool for the fifth round, claiming he suffered a broken hand.
Toney (74-7-3-2) picked up the vacant IBU heavyweight title with the victory, one that fellow SB Nation writer Scott Christ wasn't impressed with:
For this fight, against "bareknuckle boxing" """"champion"""" Bobby Gunn, who hasn't fought in real boxing in three years, Toney came in at 248 pounds on the scales. We're talking five months, and the man put on what you can call 50 pounds. Gunn allegedly broke his hand in the fourth round. I say allegedly because as far as I'm concerned, any news coming out of a James Toney vs Bobby Gunn fight in Southaven, Miss., is merely alleged.
After a 1-1 record in 2011, this was Toney's first fight of 2012. He recently made news in the MMA world for some comments he made toward Quinton Jackson, additionally claiming he's still getting paid by the UFC for his August 2010 fight against Randy Couture. Toney was supposed to fight Ken Shamrock in late-2011 but the fight didn't come together for a variety of reasons.