James Toney Finds Success In
Return To Boxing
By Carlos Cordoba
Photos: William Trillo
This weekend will see
some of the best young prospects in boxing display their
promising talents in bouts that will take center stage
in the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV and will run down
Interstate 15 to the shores of San Diego, CA. Marquee
prospects such as Brandon Rios will be preparing to
capture the WBA World lightweight title this coming
Saturday at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas,
while Danny “the swift” Garcia will precede him and
attempt to preserve his unblemished record on Friday
night at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego. As
these young prospects make the final preparations for
their respective bouts, an aging veteran stepped in the
ring to defend his IBA heavyweight title in his 84th
professional boxing bout.
James “lights out” Toney (73-6 -3, 44KOs) shutout Damon
Reed (45-15, 32KOs) and scored a unanimous decision
victory in the scheduled ten round heavyweight bout at
the San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, CA.
Toney was able to retained his International Boxing
Association heavyweight title in his return to
In a miserable attempt
to establish himself in the world of mixed martial arts,
James Toney enticed UFC boss Dana White into a lucrative
fight with MMA legend Randy Couture. The fight was held
on August 28, 2010. Randy Couture dominated the UFC
scrap and eventually derailed Toney’s MMA dreams. Or
should we say paychecks. Hence, tonight’s main event.
The fight began as James Toney attempted to walk his
opponent down and against the ropes. Damon Reed was
having not of that as he casually stepped to the left to
avoid Toney’s powerful left hooks. James Toney was able
to do more work in the second as he repeatedly caught
the retreating Reed with some nasty right hooks to the
body. The undeterred Reed stepped to the left and caught
IBA champ with a nice left hook that drew cheers from
the crowd in the third. James Toney then began to take
control of the bout in the fourth, landing right hooks
followed by left hooks to the body. He was then warned
for a low blow by referee Tony Crebs in the following
James continued his
calculated attack by landing a right hook to the body of
his adversary followed by an esthetically pleasing right
uppercut in the sixth. He went on to land a stiff
straight right and his signature left hook in the same
round. The left hook hurt Reed and damaged his eye.
Lights Out was in full control of the bout by the
seventh round. His counterpart had lost some of his wind
allowing James Toney to land an effective left hook that
sent him reeling against the ropes. The eight round was
more of the same. The crowd began to show it’s
displeasure towards Damon Reed in the ninth as he
continued to step to his left and persistently avoided
engaging with the more physical pugilist. Toney
continued to work the crowd in the tenth and final round
while landing some efficient shots. After it was said
and done, all three judges scored the bout in favor of
Toney 100 – 90.
As you may know James
Toney is a boxer that does not have to be effective to
please the crowd. He valiantly acknowledged people
outside the ring while he was defending his IBA title.
Let’s not forget the countless times that he displayed
his fancy footwork that had no functional purpose – just
crowd pleasing. All in all that stuff is funny to a
certain extent, but it won’t help him against some of
the hungry up and coming prospects and vets that liter
the heavyweight division. Toney called out several
heavyweight contenders in his post fight interview. One
of those mentioned was Riversides own heavyweight
contender Christobal Arreola. I hope that he understands
that it will take much more than showmanship to beat
Arreola. After all, like lightweight Brandon Rios and
light welterweight Danny Garcia, Christobal Arreola has
father time on his side.
The Truth is Victorious
Jorge “The truth” Teron (25-2, 17 KOs) defeats Jose Soto
Karass (19-16, 17 KOs) by TKO in a scheduled 6 round
lightweight bout. The first round was uneventful as the
taller Teron studied his opponent.
The New Yorker began to
use his height to his advantage in the second round and
was able to land a jab that staggered Karass. The bout
ended with Karass on his seat, unable to come out to
fight the third round.
Jose Soto Karass
complained about a cut to his eye that obstructed his
vision and Jorge “The Truth” Teron was declared the
victor by way of TKO.
Shawn Wate wins first professional bout, but still lands
in the hospital
Riverside’s Edther Arvizu (1-1, 1 KOs) was disqualified
in the final round of his light welterweight bout
against Shawn Wate (1-5) after falling on top of Wate
for the third time. Arvizu was having an easy night
against an opponent who came into the bout with not one
win to his credit.
Edther Arvizu did as he
pleased landing combo after combo. Wate could only stop
his opponents’ onslaughts by holding. Arvizu eventually
was able to land two nasty left hooks that rocked his
opponent in the third round. The out of shape and
unbalanced Wate continued to hold into the fourth round,
poor guy was just trying to survive.
Shawn’s last hold pulled
Edther Arvizu to the ground, causing the fight to be
stopped by the referee. To the crowds displeasure Shawn
Wate won his professional bout by way of DQ in the final
Michael Ruiz Jr. continues to impress!
The second bout of the night saw one of the hottest
prospects on the West Coast in action. Fresno’s Michael
Ruiz Jr. (7-0-1, 3 KOs) scores a unanimous decision
victory against Tiajuana native Daniel Modad (2-4, 1KO).
Ruiz did what he always
does; he came in landing his overhead left hook by
setting it up with some picture perfect body blows in
the first round. While his opponent attempted to slow
Ruiz with his weak right double jabs, Ruiz worked his
straight right into his game plan – landing it
repeatedly in the second round.
Modad attempted to come
alive in round three but his efforts where futile in
front of Michael’s continued pressure. The Fresno native
ultimately had his counterpart in survival mode in the
fourth and final round. Ruiz Jr. won the bout by
unanimous decision as one judge scored the bout 39-37
and the other two scored the bout a 40-36.
It’s refreshing to see Michael Ruiz fight; he is a
young, technically sound fighter that is always willing
Alfredo Rivera earns first professional victory
San Diegos’ Angel Estrada (5-1, 2KOs) came into
tonight’s welterweight bout the clear favorite. After
all he faced Alfredo Rivera (1-7) who had not won one
professional fight prior to tonight’s clash. We know we
know how the story goes from here, wait…no we don’t.
Angel Estrada was cut
above his right eye in the first round by an accidental
head bunt. Alfredo Rivera took advantage of the cut and
landed some nice left hooks to further damage the
undefeated Estrada’s eye. Rivera managed to give his
counterpart fits in the third round, landing his
signature wild right overhand hook.
The fourth and final
assault was as animated as I have ever seen, by far the
best round of the night. Both fighters displayed
tremendous courage as they fed off the crowd’s energy.
One judge scored the bout 38 -38, and the other judges
scored the bout 39-37, 39-37 in favor of Alfredo Rivera.
Enrique Lobatos rings Clark’s bell!
Fresno’s Granson Clark (0-1) fails to win first
professional scrap against Bell’s Enrique Labatos
(2-2-1) in a scheduled 4 round heavyweight bout. Granson
began the session by immediately asserting his straight
right but quickly tired allowing Lobatos to land
consecutive left hooks before the end of the first
The second round saw
more of the same as Clark tired after throwing some
serious straight rights that missed and allowed the
better boxer in Enrique Lobatos to gain traction. The
Bell native continued his assault with some hard hitting
combos that dropped Clark to his knees 55 seconds into
round number three.
The fight was called
after Clark was unable to rise from the canvas.
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