All-Time-Great James Toney Returns Oct. 29
To Face KO Artist Jeremy Williams In Mexico
On Friday, October 29, legendary three-weight world champion
and all-time-great James “Lights Out” Toney (77-10-3, 47
KOs) will make a very special return to the ring to face
murderous-punching Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams
(43-5-1, 35 KOs) in an eight-round exhibition bout that will
serve as the main event of “Battle of the KO Kings,” a
seven-fight night of free professional boxing, presented by
Blue Moon Boxing at the Palenque de la Feria San Marcos in
Aguascalientes, Mexico, and livestreamed on
bluemoonentertainment.com, which can be accessed free of
charge by signing up to watch.
Although the event is scheduled as an exhibition, both Toney
and Williams say they aren’t travelling to Aguascalientes,
Mexico to play.
A legendary warrior, 53-year-old Toney, originally from
Grand Rapids, Michigan, held the lineal middleweight
championship from 1991 to 1993, the IBF super middleweight
title from 1993 to 1994, and won the IBF cruiserweight title
in 2003. Toney also challenged twice for a world heavyweight
title in 2005 and 2006 and, overall, competed in 15 world
title fights spanning four weight classes.
Despite his proven ability to rock much larger opponents
with his natural punching power, Toney is best known as a
“throwback” defensive and counterpunching specialist, who
often preferred to fight off the ropes. Voted Fighter of the
Year, both by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers
Association of America in 1991 and 2003, Toney was named the
tenth best middleweight of the last 50 years by The Ring
magazine in 2011. An incredibly tough fighter with an
unbreakable will, of Toney’s 10 professional defeats, none
ended by way of stoppage.
“There’s no such thing as a boxing exhibition,” said Toney
in his customarily aggressive manner. “I’m a fighter. I’ll
be there to turn the lights out. Evander (Holyfield) thought
he was doing an exhibition for fun and he got embarrassed. I
don’t play. I’m going to knock his ass out. Call it whatever
The 49-year-old Williams, one of the most feared heavyweight
punchers of the last 30 years, began his career at
cruiserweight, but moved up and won the WBC Continental
Americas Heavyweight Championship twice, with two of his 35
knockouts coming, incredibly, before 30 seconds of the first
round. Williams was trained in Catskill, New York, by the
team (Bill Cayton and Kevin Rooney) that produced former
heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. He holds a victory over
former title challenger “Smokin’ Bert Cooper and fought
former world champion Al “Ice” Cole to a draw.
Originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, as an amateur, Williams
was the 1989 and 1990 United States amateur Light
Heavyweight, 1989 heavyweight Jr. Olympic, and the 1990 and
1991 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight champion, and
is a member of the Golden Gloves hall of fame. His amateur
record was 168–4.
“James Toney is not a true heavyweight and even they can’t
take my punches,” said an excited Williams, “I’m a smaller
guy with fast hands, he won’t be able to use his smaller
size to outmaneuver me. And I punch a lot harder than he
does! It’s a matter of time before I catch him with
something and finish him for good.”
Todd Lewis, VP of Operations for Blue Moon Boxing, says
despite the bravado shown by both warriors, every
commission-advised safeguard will be followed in presenting
this match-up of ring legends past. And while a stadium full
of ticket buyers would be an ideal situation for the fight,
the Covid-induced reality is a lot different.
“The commission here is very concerned with the safety of
all fighters and they are dictating all the necessary
precautions, which will be vigorously followed,” said Lewis.
“While we love the idea of seeing these two rivals throw
down again, we are not in the business of having a retired
fighter take a sustained beating on our air.”
In fact, Lewis says Blue Moon is promoting this fight to
gather together lists of fans to market his upcoming ESPN
Knockout series of fights to. “Drop us an email at
bluemoonentertainment.com and get registered to watch the
fight for free,” he continued, “and in the future we will
let you know when and where we are doing our next events.
It’s that easy.”
Toney vs. Williams will be supported by up to six televised
undercard bouts, which will be announced shortly.