Current IBU heavyweight champion, James Toney (74-7-3), has never been one to mince words, so it really wasn't surprising when he lashed out at undefeated British heavyweight Tyson Fury (19-0) during a recent interview with World Boxing News.
"Fury's getting a big build up back home," Toney said. "He's 6ft 9ins and supposed to be scary. What a joke! He looks like a big stiff with no chin. I will fight him in his hometown and he can have his sisters as the judges and his daddy as the referee, don't matter. … His corner will have to pick him up off the canvas when I'm done with him. I don't think Fury has the guts to fight me."
Obviously, James Toney is trying to secure a fight against Fury, and he's hoping his antics will get the Brit's attention.
Even though many boxing fans think it's probably time for Toney to hang up his gloves, the 43 year-old still seems confident in his abilities. It doesn't even look like retirement is on his mind right now, as he also expressed his desire to face Vitale and Wladimir Klitschko.
"I'll beat Fury in England and then move on to the Klitschko sisters," Toney added. "I'll fight both of them. … I would beat the first one and then schedule a fight with the second one. It doesn't matter who wants to go first."
At only 24 years-old, Fury is already considered as one of the top ten heavyweights in boxing right now, and he'll definitely be a tough matchup for Toney. He'll enjoy a 13-inch reach advantage if the two ever meet, with some decent speed to go with it.
However, a fight between the two does make some sense, considering both fighters tendency to trash-talk their opponents. The verbal sparring sessions between the two should be quite entertaining, even if the actual fight turns out to be a one-sided affair.
Phil D. Jay, "James Toney: Fury Has No Guts, His Dad Can Be The Ref!"
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