James Toney vs. Fres Oquendo

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2008-12-13 : James Toney 230 lbs beat Fres Oquendo 219 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

  • WBO NABO Heavyweight Title (Vacant title)
  • IBA Heavyweight Title (Vacant title)
  • Aired on: Versus


In an exciting heavyweight bout that could have gone either way by the scorecards, three time world champion James Toney won the IBA and WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles by a 12 round split decision over former heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo. Toney spent the entire bout setting a slow pace, throwing power punches, while Oquendo spent the bout landing frequent jabs, making the bout close and hard to score. Toney staggered Oquendo with a left hook early in round one, and appeared to win the first three rounds. Oquendo appeared to get the best of rounds 4 through 7, but the rounds were close. Toney appeared to win rounds 8 and 9, while round 10 was even. Oquendo clearly won 11( 22-6 blows) and 12( 32 to 11 blows). However, Oquendo spent the entire bout hitting Toney with right hooks off the break, and hitting Toney behind the head when Toney was bent over. In what must be the most bizarre moment in professional boxing in 2008, in round 4, Oquendo pushed Toney towards the ring ropes during a clinch, and Toney slipped on one of the mat advertisements on the ring floor and rolled out of the ring! He immediately climbed back into the ring uninjured and the action resumed. After warnings, Referee Dr. Lou Moret finally took a point away from Oquendo in round 8 for rabbit punching. The one point penalty proved costly, as it not only cost Oquendo a round he was winning, but ultimately cost him the fight. Toney fought a clean bout. As the scores were announced, Toney knelt in his corner in prayer for 'one more chance' at the heavyweight title.

  • Versus blows report: Oquendo 222/740 30%, Toney 154/491 31%.
  • Versus announcers and on-line voting both had Oquendo winning by two points.

Preceded by:
Rahman vs. Toney II
NABO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 24
Succeeded by: