Name: James Toney
Alias: Lights Out
Birth Name: James Nathaniel Toney
Born: 1968-08-24 (Age:46)
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, California, USA
Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 72″ / 183cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainers: Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Freddie Roach (former), Shadeed Suluki
Managers: Jackie Kallen (former), Self
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- Record: 35 fights, 33 wins (32 KO's), 2 losses
- Lost his first amateur bout
- Won 1983 and 1984 West Michigan Division Junior Title (156 lbs)
- Won 1987 Novice Golden Gloves in Manchester (156 lbs)
- Won 1987 Michigan Silver Gloves (156 lbs)
- Lost at the 1988 Detroit Golden Gloves (first fight) (156 lbs)
- Won 1988 Ohio State Fair (156 lbs) (invitational)
- A multiple division champion and future Hall of Famer, James Toney is known for his legendary "old-school" style, consisting of his shoulder roll (used to avoid punches), his ability to fight off the ropes, his slick body movements, and his infighting.
- Toney won a controversial decision over Dave Tiberi in a 1992 middleweight title defense. Many people watching this fight thought Tiberi was robbed. This led to an investigation by the United States Senate into corruption in boxing.
- On April 30, 2005, Toney defeated John Ruiz and, at that moment, was just the third World Middleweight Champion to capture a version of the World Heavyweight Championship, along with Roy Jones Jr. and Bob Fitzsimmons. However, on May 11, 2005, Toney tested positive for a banned substance, and his victory over Ruiz was changed to a no-contest. He was also suspended for 90 days and fined $10,000. On May 17, 2005, Toney was stripped of the WBA title for his positive test, and the title was restored to Ruiz.
Awards & Recognition
- Named The Ring Fighter of the Year for 1991 and 2003
- Named The Ring Comeback of the Year fighter for 2003
- Named Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year for 1991 and 2003
- Toney played football in high school and had scholarship offers from the University of Michigan (defensive back) and Western Michigan University (quarterback). He was expected to attend Western Michigan, before suffering an ankle injury. Toney too has claimed he "wasn't a team player" which led him to pursue a boxing career. 
| IBF Middleweight Champion
1991 May 10 – 1993 Feb 13
Roy Jones Jr.
| IBF Super Middleweight Champion
1993 Feb 13 – 1994 Nov 18
Roy Jones Jr.
| IBF Cruiserweight Champion
2003 Apr 26 – 2003 Sep