James Toney Says His Boxing Hall of Fame Class 'Best Ever'
Future Hall of Famer James Toney says his class — “Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Laila Ali, Holly Holm” — is simply the greatest of all time, telling TMZ Sports it’s point-blank, the “best ever!”
Now, there’s a bit of an asterisk here. Floyd isn’t technically part of the 2022 class like the retired, 54-year-old former 3-weight class world champ.
Mayweather, 50-0, was supposed to be inducted last year (2021) — along with Wladimir Klitschko and Andre Ward — but the ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19.
Same deal with Laila … class of 2021.
2020’s HOF class also had to wait … that group includes Bernard Hopkinsand Shane Mosley.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame decided to hold a massive event, inducting three classes into the hall in one star-studded weekend.
That event will go down next month in New York, and Toney is pumped … just not as much as his family.
“Man, I’m excited. My mom, my wife, they’re more excited than I am.”
In the ring, Toney had quick hands and good power, but it was his defense and counterpunching that made him a world champ across multiple weight classes.
James was nearly champ in a 4th weight class, heavyweight (he actually beat John Ruiz in 2005), but was stripped of the title over a drug test he flunked following the bout.
All told, “Lights Out” fought professionally 92 times, ending his career with a 77-10-3 with 2 no contests. James beat Evander Holyfieldin 2003. He also fought Roy Jones Jr. in 1994. Despite Toney losing the bout, Roy has credited James with being the best pure boxer he faced.
Bottom line, James was a problem … and now he’ll be celebrated alongside the greatest pugilists ever.
“Now I’m originally, literally, one of the greats of all time. I’m forever in history. So I’m excited, happy.”