Exclusive Interview: James Toney Part II

By G. Leon


Exclusive Interview: James Toney Part II

GL: What can we expect to see from you on March 18 that we haven't seen from you at heavyweight? "Man look here, I can show you better than I can tell you. I want everyone to tune in because Hasim Rahman is going to be on highlight reels for a long time after I humiliate him. He's already on the world's ugliest knockouts tape twice and the third time is going to be a charm because it's going to be a worse ass whooping than the first two combined. He makes guys like Evander Holyfield, Oleg Maskaev and John Ruiz look like killers. I know you like him, but you're friend is going to get knocked out something very ugly on March 18."

"I'm sending him home early, the fat bastard ruined my vacation time in Mexico and he's going to pay for it."

GL: Boxingtalk has been all over a potential fight with Mike Tyson and Antonio Tarver. Tarver recently demanded parity, a 50-50 split with Tyson. How do you feel about that?

James Toney: "Let me tell you something, the reason Tarver's saying that crap is because he hasn't gotten himself a good enough health plan yet. If he ever gets in the ring with Mike he's going to get his assed knocked out. He's not no heavyweight, he can't punch and that lanky neck of his would snap if Tyson hits him. He's just talking, he don't really want no part of Tyson. His heavyweight career should begin and end in Hollywood, if he screws around and gets in there with Mike he's going to get hurt."

GL: Zab Judah-Floyd Mayweather Jr is another fight Boxingtalk.com has been all over from day one. If Judah successfully defends his title on January 7, who do you think wins that April 8 mega-fight?

James Toney: "Come on now Greg, I got to call them how I see them. You know Zab Judah got a chin made of china. I love Zab and he's a good fighter, but his china chin is suspect. Ain't no way he's going to beat Floyd. I like Zab, but I can't hold my tongue, Floyd's going to beat his ass. And if he don't, I will humbly give Zab an apology."

GL: What are your goals for 2006?

James Toney: "To knock out Hasim Rahman, which I will. After I take his championship, I'm going to be the busiest most active heavyweight champion the division has seen in a while. I'm a fighter, this is what I was born to do and I want to get in there as often as possible to give the people what they want to see. I'm the best heavyweight in the world, the boxing world wants a heavyweight to clean this mess up,  so that's what I'm going to do next year."

GL: Do you feel you would have already established yourself as such had you not suffered two long layoffs due to injury?

James Toney: "Most definitely. Without them injuries I would have already cleaned out the division. Vitali Klitschko is lucky he got out when he did. I'm that dude, I'm that new nigga, I'm going to rule this division and straight up wreck whoever gets in front of me. I'm a young 37 years old and I've been beating the brakes off of young guys for the last three years."

GL: Rahman has always told me that he considers you a heavyweight who fought at middleweight and super middleweight. He doesn't consider you a blown up super middleweight like some critics do. How do you view yourself?

James Toney: "I've always been a heavyweight. When I started boxing I was 205 and I started fighting at 154. I had to slim down big time. People are going to find out as I knock these guys off one at a time that I've always been a heavyweight, and not just a heavyweight but the Best Damn Heavyweight Period. None of these other bums can touch me and I'm going to show you."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

James Toney: "I want everyone who reads Boxingtalk to continue suppporting me and on March 18 Hasim Rahman is done boxing, so make sure you tune in because it's going to be an ugly knockout!"


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