James Toney vs. Mike McCallum (1st meeting)

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Mike McCallum 158 lbs drew with James Toney 159 lbs by SD in round 12 of 12

This fight was originally going to be a unification fight between IBF champion Toney and WBA champion McCallum, but the WBA stripped McCallum of their title on December 3, 1991. They demanded he defend against Steve Collins, whom he defeated decisively the previously year.

"The WBA wanted $30,000 from McCallum's purse, plus a $35,000 exception fee for letting him fight Toney," said Milton Chwasky, McCallum's attorney. "We were going to go along with that. Then they came back and demanded we give Barney Eastwood, Collins's manager, another $50,000 for stepping aside. That's when we said no."

See Also

James Toney vs. Mike McCallum (2nd meeting)
James Toney vs. Mike McCallum (3rd meeting)

Preceded by:
Toney vs. Dell'Aquila
IBF Middleweight Title Fight
# 18
Succeeded by:
Toney vs. Tiberi