By James Slater: James Toney, never a man to be lost for words, has launched a scathing attack on his country’s efforts at winning Olympic medals in boxing at London 2012. Speaking with Reuters, the 43-year-old former multi-weight king says the team that failed to win a single medal was “the worst ever.”
“Worst team ever,” Toney said. “B-Class. They weren’t worth watching, every single one of them was garbage.”
Toney has hardly shown class with his scathing remarks, but some people will agree with him. This is, of course, the first time America has failed to win a single medal at an Olympic games. Toney says he will offer his services for the next games, yet he added how he will be turned down.
“James Toney is too controversial,” he said in the third person. “I’m the last old-school fighter. I would clean the house out.”
The “last old-school fighter” is now planning his next bout, and he has called out unbeaten British giant Tyson Fury.
“I would love to fight Tyson Fury,” he stated. “I would travel to England and knock him out. I have five years left. I’m in the best shape I have been in ten years, passed every medical. Look at my record, [I’ve] beaten ten world champions. Vinny Maddalone (Fury’s last opponent, beaten via 5th-round TKO) was a C-Class fighter. Let’s get it on.”
Though he is way past his best (and, don’t forget, Toney was badly beaten by cruiserweight Denis Lebedev two fights ago, before returning to heavyweight to halt tough but limited journeyman Bobby Gunn), a Toney-Fury fight would likely appeal to a number of fans. And, though he is nowhere near the force he was going back to 2003 and before that, Toney would perhaps have enough cute moves to be able to give the still-learning Fury some problems.
Toney has never been stopped, so the opportunity of becoming the first man to flatten “Lights Out” might prove enticing to Fury. Toney would have to pass all U.K medicals for the fight to happen in England, however. The former middleweight king who noticeably slurs his words these days says he has “passed every test,” yet it would be interesting to see what would happen if the British Board gave him a full battery of tests. And as for Toney saying he’s “in the best shape I have been in ten years,” we’ve heard that before.
Toney could well try and fight on for a further five years, but he may well struggle to land the big fights; much less