History | Nov 18 2019

On This Day: Roy Jones dominates James Toney in super-middleweight masterclass

Roy Jones looks sensational while Oscar De La Hoya shows his potential on the undercard, writes Matt Christie

1. WITH hindsight, James Toney’s plans to invade the heavyweight division, voiced in the lead-up to his super-middleweight showdown with Roy Jones Jnr, were not the most promising. “Get me Michael Moorer, I’ll beat him too,” he cried. Jones, meanwhile, declared he would drop back down to 160lbs – where he was champ – once he had dealt with Toney at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 18, 1994.

2. TONEY, the IBF champion, arrived in Sin City a week before the showdown. Prior to that he had been preparing at Mickey Rourke’s Outlaw Gym in Hollywood – reportedly weighing 207lbs when he began training – while Jones honed his body inside the Great Gorge Spa Resort in New Jersey. From there Jones said: “I’m fine. I’m gonna win the fight. I go about my own business and concentrate on being the best I can be.”

3. “LIGHTS OUT” was typically confident, angry, amusing and disrespectful beforehand. “Jones is sayin’ I got dog in me and I ain’t playin’. It’s not personal, it’s business. His showboating don’t bother me either – let him try it! My confidence is always high. I’m training like a madman. I’m goin’ to knock the boy out! I never ducked nobody. I’ve fought in three weight divisions and on November 18 Jones will be in with a real fighter.”


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