Originally Posted by Light_Speed
All current pro boxers really? Like James Toney?
Yeah I heard he sparred 12 rds every other day, and he sparred with guys much bigger than him.
Toney spars too damn much. He said he'd rather spar than hit the bag.
Thats why he got punch drunk, Toney never gets hit flush in fights, defensive guys who slur their words get it from too much sparring when in sparring they are willing to take more chances and get hit more cause of head gear.
Floyd even gets hit more in sparring I think defensive guys do it on purpose thinking it will toughen them up come fight time. Floyd however doesn't spar much, only for fights, so he should be good since he doesn't get hit flush often in the ring, but in sparring he lets guys tee off on him while talking trash, Toney does the same crap and this why he slurrs now.
Toney doesn't do roadwork that's why he is fat and bloated, the guy is lazy, he shouldn't even be at heavyweight he should have been 175 pounder and no more than that, but he eliminated doing cardio like long runs two a day jogs, when he did running he was slim, when he stopped he blew up in size.
I remember Roach saying Toney didn't even do the speed bag or punching bag and doesn't believe in running that all his exercise would be from mittwork and sparring, Toney felt why run when he doesn't run in the ring, so his philosophy was road work was useless since boxing wasn't a track meet.
Sad, if James only stayed in shape and sparred only for fights instead of 200 days in the year, he would have been so legendary, if that guy was in shape he would have been one of the greatest and could have still talked clearly with awesome trash talk. Now the guy sounds like he has marshmellows in his mouth