After coming under heavy scrutiny when he weighed in at a career-high 257 pounds in his last outing against Damon Reed back in February, future Hall of Famer James "Lights Out" rededicated himself to living the life of a fighter, enabling him to weigh in at a slim and trim 199 pounds for his WBA cruiserweight title fight with Denis Lebedev, which takes place tomorrow in Russia. "I told everyone that I would come in under 200 pounds," Toney remarked from Russia.
This is the lightest that Toney has weighed since his 2003 Fight of the Year candidate with Vassiliy Jirov, when he came in at 190 pounds for the cruiserweight clash. Although he has proven many skeptics wrong by coming in a pound under the cruiserweight limit, the 43-year-old Toney still has work to do as he plans on becoming one of the oldest fighters to capture a world title. "The work is not done. Titles aren't won on the scale. Now I have to win that belt," procliamed an excited Toney.
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