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James Toney Once Again Takes Shots at 'The Klitschko Sisters'

James Toney is still calling out Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
James Toney is still calling out Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

James Toney has never been kind publicly toward heavyweight rulers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, and now that he's coming back into the relevant boxing world for the first time in a few years, he's making sure to get his shots in once again. From Ruslan Chikov at BoxingScene.com:

"The Klitschko sisters don't want to fight me ...  I don't like the Klitschkos. They have no talent, no heart: under the pressure of real boxers the brothers break. They are fighting at home in Germany, where they feel very comfortable. They do not want to fight - and that's okay. If I want the championship belt, I can take it from [Alexander] Povetkin."

Toney (73-6-3, 44 KO) is now 43 years old and hasn't done much of anything in boxing in about half a decade now, but he's returning on November 4 in Russia to face cruiserweight Denis Lebedev. The fight is at the 200-pound limit (if it happens, and I highly suggest no one counting their chickens), which would mean Toney will be at least 57 pounds lighter than he was in his unimpressive but easy February win over club heavyweight Damon Reed.

In one way, I think about a Klitschko (either one) vs Toney fight at this point as though it's a sincere waste of time. Again, Toney has done nothing in years at this point, most notably going to UFC and getting clowned by Randy Couture.

But then again, we're at a point where Wladimir (56-3, 49 KO) is about to fight Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO), a former cruiserweight champion whose heavyweight run has been frankly lousy and far from deserving of a fight with the world champion. Given that the last two Klitschko opponents have been David Haye and Tomasz Adamek, and the next looks to be Mormeck, maybe Toney dropping back to cruiserweight will put him in line.

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