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Denis Lebedev: James Toney Hates The Whole World

By Ruslan Chikov

Top rated cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs) expects a very tough battle with former three division champion James Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs), although Lebedev rates Roy Jones Jr. (54-8, 40 KOs) as the better fighter, at least when both boxers were at their best. Lebedev knocked out Jones in May, and faces Toney on November 4th in Moscow, Russia.

"Of course Roy Jones Jr. was a greater champion, but as a boxer I respect Toney as well. This doesn't mean that its going to be any easier to defeat him. I really, really want to win, but I know that a difficult task is waiting for me. For those people who continue to say that Toney is only fighting for the money, I suggest that you check with him in the ring. This guy, at first glance, accentuates his hatred, not only to me, but for the whole world around him. I know some of his statements to the press and I know he had a difficult childhood, because he hates the whole world," Lebedev told reporter Alexander Pavlov.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Thread Stealer on 11-01-2011

Toney is dropping a LOT of weight here. Judging by the way some older fighters like Chris Byrd, Oscar De La Hoya and Ray Leonard have performed after dropping weight, I can see Toney looking really terrible in there and…

Comment by Thread Stealer on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=TheGreatA;11260321]That's about right. Toney didn't have a difficult childhood though, it's just how he is.[/QUOTE] Toney didn't grow up poor, but he had some real childhood trauma. It's touched upon in the book Dark Trade (perhaps my favorite boxing book…

Comment by The Hammer on 10-07-2011

[QUOTE=Rhymenocerous;11261122]James Toney does not rep you, whatsoever. Aren't you a white kid from the burbs? If Toney weren't a world class athlete, and you were lost in the hood, he'd rob, rape and murder you.[/QUOTE] Check is a self-loathing white…

Comment by Check on 10-06-2011

[QUOTE=Rhymenocerous;11261122]James Toney does not rep you, whatsoever. Aren't you a white kid from the burbs? If Toney weren't a world class athlete, and you were lost in the hood, he'd rob, rape and murder you.[/QUOTE] LOL shut up bia. Yeah,…

Comment by Money Shot on 10-06-2011

Toney just wants to retire and permanently tour all the fried food eateries from Man vs Food. I think Denis will grant him his wish by brutal late KO.

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