1992-08-29 James Toney w pts 12 Mike McCallum, Sparks Convention Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF
1992-08-29 James Toney w pts 12 Mike McCallum, Sparks Convention Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 118-110, 117-110, 114-114. It was the champion’s body punches that set the tone of the fight and by the sixth McCallum (158) had begun to slow. He was still not out of the fight, but at this stage Toney (158¾) was landing faster, heavier shots. McCallum was right back in the mix in the eighth and he kept up the pressure in making Toney fight all the way. Despite being tired, McCallum kept up the work rate during the last three rounds, but Toney fought back hard to maintain his lead.
Having had difficulty making the weight, Toney relinquished the IBF version of the title on becoming that body’s super middleweight champion in February 1993. To fill the void the IBF matched Roy Jones, who was unbeaten in 21 contests (only one going the distance), against the USBA champion, Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins lost his first fight but had then gone on to win his next 22.