1992-08-29 James Toney w pts 12 Mike McCallum, Sparks Convention Centre, Reno, Nevada, USA - IBF

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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. With the champion’s body punches setting the tone of the fight by the sixth McCallum (158) had begun to slow. He was still not out of it, but at this stage Toney (158¾) was landing faster, heavier shots. McCallum was right back in the mix in the eighth when keeping up the pressure and 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. After Hopkins lost his first pro fight he had then gone on to win his next 22.

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