George Foreman Did It At 45; Can James Toney Do It At 40?

December 10 (Los Angeles, CA) - James "Lights Out" Toney is fighting mad and determined to earn one last chance at achieving his goal of becoming one of the oldest fighters to ever win the World Heavyweight Championship. Big George Foreman started his career in 1969 and ended it nicely in 1997 after losing to Jimmy Young. Ten years later, he returned to the ring in 1987. And in a spectacular moment in boxing history, he knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994 when he was 45 years old becoming the oldest Heavyweight world champion in history..

This Saturday, December 13 at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and televised on VERSUS, James Toney (70-6-3, 43 KOs) takes that next step toward history against Fres "The Big O" Oquendo, a heavyweight with 29 victories and only 4 defeats, three of them to world champions (Evander Holyfield, Chris Byrd and John Ruiz) and the other to David Tua.

Three questions remain about the 40-year old Toney and his future:

1) His fighting shape is determined by his weight. Will he weigh-in the 220's, 230's or 240's or will he come in his lightest weight since the Evander Holyfield fight (217 lbs)?

2) Is Toney the next in line of the recent Hall of Fame fighters to go down at the hands of a younger, hungrier fighter, ala Oscar De La Hoya and Roy Jones, Jr. and advised to retire?

3) Or will he emulate the performance of the "old" Bernard Hopkins against Kelly Pavlik and get a convincing victory over Oquendo and continue on his mission to the world heavyweight championship targeting champions Wladimir and his brother Vitali Klitschko, along with Nicolai Valuev?

You make the call on whether or not James Toney can beat Oquendo, and move forward and compete against any of the reigning champions on this Saturday's broadcast on VERSUS starting at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT. On the same day, the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Hasim Rahman world championship bout telecast on HBO starts at 4:45 PM ET/1:45 PM PT. The following week Valuev defends his title against Holyfield.
Is it "Lights Out" for Toney, or will he make history?

Please send your responses to and win a James Toney or Goossen Tutor

The VERSUS broadcast starts with a 4-round Super Middleweight bout between 2008 US Olympian Shawn Estrada (1-0, 1 KO) of East LA against Shaun Spaid (3-2, 2 KOs) of Charleston, SC.
In a 10-round "Special Attraction" bout, 2004 US Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (16-0, 11 KOs) takes on Estaban Camou (23-4, 19 KOs) followed by the 12-round Toney-Oquendo bout.

In Los Angeles, the VERSUS network is televised on Direct TV, channel 603 and for Time Warner cable, channel 267.

Article posted on 10.12.2008

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