Feature | Premium | Aug 24 2019

Chasing James ‘Lights Out’ Toney

In November 2017, lifelong James Toney fan Terry Dooley eventually pinned down his hero for an in-depth interview
James Toney
Action Images/REUTERS Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus

“I LOVE Britain and the British fans because of the way you guys appreciate boxing and create an atmosphere, but I still don’t like Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn – I regret not getting to whip their asses,” stated James Toney, 77-10-3 (47), with typical bluntness when Boxing News caught up with him in Bristol on a crisp November afternoon.

“Lights Out” was in town for an exhibition bout, he had his feet up on a table, a cigar smouldered in a nearby ashtray and he was polishing off a coffee. In person there is something disarmingly gentle, almost shy, about the 49-year-old. He was long removed from the snarling, trash-talking presence I had grown up watching and who sits above Marvin Hagler atop the list of my all-time favourite fighters.

Subscribe now to keep reading

We're chuffed you’re enjoying our website, but I'm afraid you need to be a subscriber to read this story.

As a subscriber you'll get access to all online content, including weekly issues - you can opt for digital only or print and digital - plus an online archive of weekly digital editions back to January 2012.

You'll also be helping to support our editorial independence so we can continue to get to the heart of the stories that truly matter to you, the reader. Every subscription we secure will go directly to ensuring that Boxing News retains its voice for many years to come.

If you're not ready to subscribe there are plenty of free articles on the site you can enjoy by registering

To enjoy premium content such as this story, and to get the weekly issue you will need to subscribe

Got an account? Sign in

 

Boxing News Shop