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 Last update:  5/25/2007       Read more by Mark Vester         
   
James Toney Shows Little in Split Decision Win
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By Mark Vester

A crowd of 4,269 gathered Thursday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California to witness the ring return of James "Lights Out" Toney (70-6-3), who won an unpopular split decision win over journeyman Danny Batchelder. Batchelder (25-5-1), who lost three of his last four fights and took the Toney fight on three weeks' notice, made the former multi-division champ look old.

The fight was not unpopular because Toney won, but more so for the lack of action and the lackluster performance by Toney, who was clearly out of shape. Toney's target weight was 217-pounds. He weighed in at 229-pounds and probably hit the ring at 230-plus. There was very little action and plenty of boos rained down from the crowd as the fight wore on. The scores were 98-92 and 97-93 for 96-94 for Batchelder.

Batchelder told the San Francisco Chronicle that he was robbed of a win.

"I thought it (the decision) was bullsh*t ," Batchelder said. "I outboxed him. I know this is boxing and boxing is full of crooks, but I thought they might be fair."

Toney was not blind, he rated his performance a D, and admitted that he was not in the best physical shape.

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comment by -Antonio-, on 05-25-2007
[QUOTE=EliteSoldier]Well, he definitely needed steroids to improve though. He's a fat fuck, and steroids will help lean him out and help build muscle at the same time. He's not a natural heavyweight and he's definitely in the wrong weight class.[/QUOTE] He was a fat mess against Ruiz, and that...

comment by paul750, on 05-25-2007
[QUOTE=JD1986]For even a very muscular man of 5'9'', a weight of 229 is much too heavy. .[/QUOTE] You've forgot a guy named David Tua. If Tua got to 229 that would be great. Generally speaking it's too much though. I just decided to be pedantic. It looks like Toney is finished regardless of wh...

comment by Steelhammer86, on 05-25-2007
[QUOTE=Double]He came in at 229, the lowest since he fought Holyfield but was still out of shape. Something doesn't seem right?[/QUOTE] For even a very muscular man of 5'9'', a weight of 229 is much too heavy. I'm 5'9'' and naturally thick-boned and muscular, but I used to fight best at super mi...

comment by EliteSoldier, on 05-25-2007
[QUOTE=lennon]the difference in performance is stark ever since he got busted for steroids!!!![/QUOTE] Well, he definitely needed steroids to improve though. He's a fat fuck, and steroids will help lean him out and help build muscle at the same time. He's not a natural heavyweight and he's def...

comment by Red_Menace, on 05-25-2007
Must not have been Freddie Roach training him. I'm sure he didn't work as hard for this fight as he had for others. When you get real fat and drop a lot of muscle mass, it's hard to get it back. Toney may weigh less now, but some of that is probably loss of muscle, and he may actually be fatte...

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