Toney vs. Rahman Result Changed To a No-Decision

By Doug Fischer

The third-round technical stoppage that James Toney scored over Hasim Rahman two weeks ago was changed to a No Decision by the California State Athletic Commission, according to a press release distributed by the CSAC (the agency that regulates boxing in California) today.

An accidental clash of heads in the third round of the Fox Sports Net-televised heavyweight bout from Temecula, California resulted in a cut above Rahman's left eye. In-between rounds, the former heavyweight champ told the ringside physician that he could not see and the bout was stopped on the assumption that Rahman had willingly retired on his stool, thus resulting in the TKO victory for Toney.

However, according to the Unified Rules of Boxing that are followed by all U.S. jurisdictions a bout that is stopped before four completed rounds due to an accidental headbutt or foul is automatically ruled a No Decision.

This is the statement from the CSAC:

"The original decision of the James Toney v. Hasim Rahman bout that took place on July 16, 2008 in Temecula, California was a Technical Knockout win for Mr. Toney. Mr. Rahman subsequently appealed the decision. His appeal met the rule requirements.

After reviewing all available facts, the original decision is changed to a No Decision."

The ruling erases the win from Toney's record and the loss from Rahman's ledger.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LoadedWraps on 01-18-2016

[QUOTE=Revere;3847395]Two shot fighters. Who cares.[/QUOTE] [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by Silencers on 07-29-2008

I think a ND is the right decision, Rahman wanted a way out but the doctor ultimately told the referee to stop the fight so it's a ND.

Comment by KostyaTszyu44 on 07-29-2008

fuck that rahman basically quit.......wonder where james will go now?

Comment by Haglerwins on 07-29-2008

Sounds to me like Toney should appeal. The doctor determined the cut wasn't severe enough to stop the bout. The docs word should have a little more clout than Rah's. Really, anything beyond that is Rahman or he and his…

Comment by Brunswick Assassin on 07-29-2008

What a load of BS! It came from Rahman's own mouth that he wanted to quit. Not the doctor, his corner or ref. Rahman didn't want to disgrace himself by being badly stopped by Toney. Didn't you guys see how…

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