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James Toney claims obvious victory over Oquendo

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.


James Toney has never shut up, and I don't expect him to do so at 40. Here's what he told's T.K. Stewart recently about his recent disputed victory over Fres Oquendo:

"First off, that fight wasn't close at all. I was pressing him the whole time. Look at my face after that fight. I was not hit.


"Yeah, you tell them Klitschko sisters, I'm comin' for 'em."

Y'know what? Someone get JT in the ring with either Klitschko. I want to watch him huff and puff on his stool, get drilled with big rights, and eat jabs all night long, then claim victory.

I understand the skills Toney still brings to the ring. He's good defensively, but it's less and less good than it is sort of a parody of what was once his highly-effective style as the years roll on.

Oquendo outlanded him. Oquendo threw more. Oquendo was the one pressing to make it a fight. If Oquendo hadn't been punching, Toney would've stood there, making his faces and jerking his body around. JT was once a hell of a fighter, but those days are gone. He simply did not look good against Oquendo, and he's lucky he didn't fight Tony Thompson, who would've attacked more.

In some ways, JT saying Oquendo should stop whining is correct. Fres has always been his own worst enemy. He probably deserved this win, and he deserved that win over Holyfield a couple years ago, too. But he didn't get them because, really, he just doesn't show enough that's impressive to score an "upset" over a better-known fighter. Judges aren't infallible -- God knows. In a close round, often times I dare to say they go with the favorite, or the better-known fighter, and leave it at that.

Still, I'd like Toney to take a dangerous puncher as an opponent. And if he's so sure of himself, hey, get up there and take on one of these young cats that can throw.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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