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Ola Afolabi Gives James Toney The Edge on Lebedev

By Luke Furman

Top rated WBO cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KOs), shared his thoughts on the potential showdown between former multi-division champion James Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs), and hard-hitting Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs), which is scheduled to take place on November 5th in Moscow. It will Toney's first fight at cruiserweight in several years.

"I think Toney has a huge arsenal of tricks, which he successfully uses in the ring. He knows how to catch Lebedev punches. The question is - how hard is Denis' chin because Toney has a granite jaw. James is a very experienced boxer who has won over 70 professional fights, so I don't think that he's going to stand motionless in front of Lebedev and wait for his punches. I think the chances in this fight are distributed in the proportions of 60 to 40 in favor of Toney," Afolabi told Alexander Pavlov.

Luke Furman covers the boxing scene for bokser.org

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Grinderman on 09-14-2011

[QUOTE=tlarry;11136559]What an embarrassment to Boxing. At least Holyfield shows up in shape. James Toney is done.[/QUOTE] If Toney beat Lebedev after looking so bad against Couture, that would really give the MMA geeks something to crow about. But that ain't…

Comment by tlarry on 09-14-2011

What an embarrassment to Boxing. At least Holyfield shows up in shape. James Toney is done.

Comment by Grinderman on 09-14-2011

[QUOTE=Tobi.G;11136248]Nobody knows how good a 200 pound Toney can still be. I think it will be interesting to find out. Im looking forward to this fight and hope Toney wins.[/QUOTE] Good luck with that. He's glassy-eyed, he mumbles and slurs,…

Comment by Tobi.G on 09-14-2011

Nobody knows how good a 200 pound Toney can still be. I think it will be interesting to find out. Im looking forward to this fight and hope Toney wins.

Comment by Grinderman on 09-14-2011

Afolabi is talking about a James Toney that hasn't existed for years....Lebedev will destroy him, if the fight comes off.

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