James Toney entered the ring for the first time since late 2013 this past Saturday, losing a unanimous decision to 9-4-1 Charles Ellis. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be terribly newsworthy, but the fight highlights an upcoming
As you all are probably aware, Antonio Tarver (46) will face Steve Cunningham this Friday on Spike. What you may not know is that Roy Jones, Jr. (46) will be reaching a new low in opponent selection the following day, taking on 12-19 Billy Bailey in the first of three fights in four weeks.
They're not alone in bringing back the bad old days in the coming month, however. September 5th will see Shannon Briggs (43) look for his seventh first-round knockout in eight fights against Mike Marrone, while Donovan "Razor" Ruddock (51) will attempt to capture the nebulous, ill-defined "Canada heavyweight title" he once held in 2001 against current beltholder Dillon Carman on September 11th.
As a fun aside, Ruddock has won two six-round fights in 2015 after fourteen years away and is already ranked as one of the top-three heavyweights in Canada.
I bring you this information so that, while the young'uns crow about their Golovkins and their Kovalevs and their Gonzalezes, you can click on the television and show them what a real champion looks like.
And then turn the television off and go to YouTube because no, really, they used to be great, you swear.