James Toney

James Toney
James Toney.jpg
Toney in 2011
BornJames Nathaniel Toney
(1968-08-24) August 24, 1968 (age 52)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Other names
  • Lights Out
  • The Dark Emperor
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Reach72 in (183 cm)
Years active
  • 1988–2017 (boxing)
  • 2010 (MMA)
Professional boxing record
By knockout47
No contests2
Mixed martial arts record
By submission1
Other information
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: June 5, 2017

James Nathaniel Toney (born August 24, 1968) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1988 to 2017. He held multiple world championships in three weight classes, including the IBF and lineal middleweight titles from 1991 to 1993, the IBF super middleweight title from 1993 to 1994, and the IBF cruiserweight title in 2003. Toney also challenged twice for a world heavyweight title in 2005 and 2006, and was victorious the first time but was later stripped due to a failed drug test. Overall, he competed in fifteen world title fights across four weight classes.

Stylistically a defensive boxer, Toney utilized the shoulder roll technique taught to him by veteran trainer Bill Miller, who had once trained heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles. Toney was an exceptional counterpuncher and inside fighter, who often preferred to fight off the ropes. He possessed fast hand speed and respectable punching power throughout his career and is also noted for his toughness, having never lost any of his 92 professional bouts via stoppage.

In 1991 and 2003, Toney was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2011, The Ring magazine ranked him as tenth on their list of the "10 best middleweight title holders of the last 50 years."[2] He has also made a one-time appearance in mixed martial arts, losing to Randy Couture at UFC 118. In 2001, Toney played the role of Joe Frazier in the movie Ali alongside Will Smith.


Toney was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.[1] At around age 11, Toney first entered a boxing gym, but did not seriously pursue the sport until graduating high school. Growing up, Toney lived alongside the families of Floyd Mayweather Jr and Buster Mathis Jr, and Toney's father himself (who was absent for Toney's upbringing) was a boxer.[3] As a teen, Toney was often involved in street fighting and sold crack cocaine. Prior to his career in boxing, Toney was also a star football player; after high school he received scholarship offers from Western Michigan to play quarterback and from Michigan to play as a defensive back. But Toney said, "I wasn't a team player and wasn't good at taking orders. So I went into boxing."[4] Toney also lost a significant amount of weight to begin his boxing career, having weighed 205 lbs. Toney was supposedly involved in an altercation with future Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders while at a Michigan training camp.[5]

Amateur career

Toney had a brief but relatively successful amateur career, compiling a record of 33 wins (32 KOs) and 2 losses.[citation needed] Toney had his first professional fight on October 26, 1988, beating Stephen Lee by a technical knockout in the second round. As a teenager, Toney was scouted and trained by Gregory Owens, who also was his trainer through the mid-nineties. His moniker of "Lights Out" was also given by either Gregory or his son.[6] In his 7th pro fight, Toney's manager, Johnny "Ace" Smith, was killed. Afterwards, Jackie Kallen was hired as his manager. Toney also employed the services of legendary Detroit-based trainer Bill Miller. Miller, a former boxer himself who worked in Detroit's famed Kronk Gym and assisted hall-of-fame trainer Emanuel Steward at times, is credited with developing Toney's famed "old school" or "throwback" style of fighting.[7]

Professional career


Toney won the IBF and lineal middleweight titles by knocking out Michael Nunn in eleven rounds in May 1991.[8] Toney, who entered as a 20-to-1 underdog, was down on all three judges' scorecards, but landed a left hook that put Nunn on the canvas in the eleventh round, and eventually scored a stoppage victory.[9] The win also earned Toney the Ring Magazine Fighter Of The Year award.[10] Toney continued a regular fight program over the next 18 months at middleweight, before outgrowing the division, where he made several successful yet disputed defenses. The most noteworthy was Toney's split decision win over Dave Tiberi in a fight that many experts feel Toney lost. The decision was so controversial that it prompted United States Senator William Roth of Delaware to call for an investigation into possible corruption in the sport.[11] Toney also won a split decision title defense against Reggie Johnson in June 1991, retained his title with a draw against former WBA champ Mike McCallum in December 1991, and again against McCallum, this time by a majority decision, in December 1992. The McCallum fight would be Toney's last as a middleweight.[4]

Super middleweight

On February 13, 1993, Toney challenged Iran Barkley for the IBF super middleweight title. After a dominating performance by Toney, the bout was stopped after 9 rounds by Barkley's trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, due to Barkley suffering severe swelling around both eyes.[12]

Toney won five fights throughout 1993, then defeated Tony "The Punching Postman" Thornton in his 1st title defense in October, via a landslide points victory. In his second defense, Toney beat the 24–0 Tim Littles by a 4th-round KO. During this bout, Toney suffered a bad cut which caused the referee and ringside doctor to intervene before round 4, allowing him one more round to try to end the fight. His next defense was against former IBF Light Heavyweight champion Prince Charles Williams. Despite having a point deducted for hitting Williams after the bell in one round and having his left eye completely swollen shut, Toney knocked Williams out in the 12th and final round. This win paved the way for his fight with undefeated 1988 Olympic silver medalist Roy Jones, Jr..[13]

Jones won a landslide decision over Toney, an upset at the time, briefly flooring Toney for the first time with a flash knockdown in the 3rd round. Jones used one of his "cockfighting" feints to lure Toney in, and as Toney mocked Jones, Toney got caught with a leaping left hook.[14] After the fight Toney blamed making the weight for his flat performance and the loss of his cherished unbeaten record.[citation needed] It was his last fight at the weight.

His next fight saw him lose to Montell Griffin at light heavyweight in February 1995. After then winning a series of fights at light heavyweight, cruiserweight, and even heavyweight, he again faced Montell Griffin in December 1996 and once again lost a close decision. He beat old foe Mike McCallum in February 1997, but then lost to journeyman Drake Thadzi in his next fight.


After taking some time off from the ring, Toney came back in 1999, seemingly focused on reclaiming his status as an elite fighter. He defeated former title holders and title contenders Adolpho Washington, Steve Little, Ramón Garbey, Saul Montana, Sione Asipeli, Courtney Butler, and Michael Rush. In August 2002, Toney beat Jason Robinson in an IBF Cruiserweight title elimination fight. This set up a fight between Toney and the champion, Vassiliy Jirov. After a postponement, the fight happened on April 26, 2003. Going into the 12th and final round, with the scores fairly even and the fight in the balance, Toney knocked the undefeated Jirov down in the 12th. The Kazakh rose from the canvas to go to the distance, but Toney got the judges verdict and was now a three-weight World Champion.

For Toney's performance he was awarded comeback of the year and named fighter of the year. The fight itself was named "Fight Of The Year" by The Ring magazine. Immediately afterward, Toney moved up to heavyweight.

On November 4, 2011, Toney stepped into the ring at 199 lbs, the lowest he has been since 2003 against Russian star Denis Lebedev in Russia for the interim WBA World cruiserweight title. Toney was never competitive throughout the bout after encountering problems with his left knee during round two, and the judges all had it 120–108 for Lebedev. A week after the fight it was revealed Toney needed surgery to repair his knee.[15]


As far back as Toney's middleweight years, he insisted that he would one day be the heavyweight champion of the world. His October 4, 2003, victory over aging former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield was Toney's entry into the heavyweight division. After a shaky first round, Toney picked apart Holyfield with shots to the body and head before stopping him in the 9th round. After the fight Toney declared he was "undestructable", that he "got milk baby" and didn't want any "bad ass questions" from announcer Jim Gray.[16]

On September 23, 2004, Toney faced off with Rydell Booker. Although Toney injured his left arm, he was still able to defeat the clearly outmatched Booker, getting a 12-round unanimous decision for the fringe IBA heavyweight title.[17]

On April 30, 2005, he defeated John Ruiz by a unanimous decision in a 12-round match for the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight Championship. However, Toney failed his post-fight drug test, testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. This led to the New York Athletic Commission changing the bout's official outcome to a "no-contest", deducting the win from Toney's career record and banning him from boxing for 90 days. The WBA ordered that Ruiz be reinstated as its champion and that Toney be ineligible for another WBA Heavyweight title shot for two years. Toney defended himself by claiming that the steroids were given to him by a doctor to treat the arm injury he suffered during the Rydell Booker fight.[18]

In his bout after the Ruiz fight, Toney won a unanimous decision victory over former heavyweight contender Dominic Guinn. Toney next fought against Hasim Rahman on March 18, 2006, for the WBC Heavyweight title. The result was a twelve-round majority draw.

Toney's next two outings were losses to Samuel Peter. The first fight was held in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2006. Toney lost by split decision. The return bout was held in Hollywood, Florida, on January 6, 2007, and Toney once again lost to Peter, this time by unanimous decision. Both fights were WBC eliminator bouts for the belt held by Oleg Maskaev.

Toney's next bout came on December 13, 2008, against Fres Oquendo. Oquendo was penalized one point in round eight for a rabbit punch, which would prove to be the deciding factor in the fight. Toney won a close, controversial split decision. On September 12, 2009, James fought heavyweight fighter Matthew Greer (12–5–0 11KO) at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.[19] James won via TKO victory in round two.

On February 24, 2011, Toney made his return to boxing and won a ten-round unanimous decision against Damon Reed. All three judges scored the bout 100–90. For this bout Toney weighed in at a career high of 257 lbs.[20]

On April 7, 2012 Toney fought Bobby Gunn and won by a fifth round stoppage due to a hand injury sustained by Gunn.[21] This was recognized as a world title by the International Boxing Union, a minor boxing organization.

Toney travelled to Australia in April 2013 to face Lucas Browne for the WBF heavyweight title. Toney lost the fight by wide unanimous decision. Seven months later on November 14, Toney travelled to London, England to compete in the heavyweight Prizefighter Series held at the famous York Hall venue. It was a special UK vs USA tournament with six fighters facing off in three round bouts. In the quarter final, Toney faced English journeyman Matt Legg, and won by TKO in the third round, advancing to the semi finals. In the semi final, he faced fellow American Jason Gavern and lost by majority decision, and was eliminated from the tournament.

Toney's final bout came on May 13, 2017 at the age of 48. He defeated Mike Sheppard by sixth round stoppage; winning the WBF heavyweight title. After a career spanning 29 years and 92 professional bouts, Toney has confirmed he is officially retired. [22][23]

Boxing style

Toney is well known for his "old school" or "throwback" style of boxing, which consisted of frequent head movement and shoulder rolls to avoid punches, as well as his ability to fight off the ropes using slick upper body movement and in-fighting. As such, he is said to have possessed a very high ring IQ. Although Toney was considered a defensive fighter by many, he still applied pressure to his opponents and usually forced his style against them; in some ways he could be considered a defensive pressure fighter. Because of his experience, defensive skills and extremely durable chin, he was never stopped in his 29-year professional career and was rarely knocked down.[4]

Mixed martial arts career

Toney was spotted in attendance at UFC 108 on January 2, 2010, which led to talks between him and UFC President Dana White regarding fighting in the organization. On March 3, it was confirmed by White that the two had agreed and signed a multi-fight deal with the company, at the age of 42.[24]

To help his transition into MMA, Toney was coached by trainer Juanito Ibarra.[25][26] Toney was later coached by Trevor Sherman.[27]

Toney vs. Couture

His debut fight was against UFC Hall of Famer and former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight champion Randy Couture at UFC 118 on August 28, 2010.[28] Couture scored a takedown against Toney early in the first round, and went on to submit Toney with an arm-triangle choke.[29] Toney was subsequently released from his contract with the UFC.[30] The match achieved notoriety, though it drew criticisms of being a freak show fight, among them by UFC President Dana White himself.[31]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
92 fights77 wins10 losses
By knockout470
By decision3010
No contests2
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
92Win77–10–3 (2)United States Mike SheppardTKO6 (12) 0:26May 13, 2017United States Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.Won vacant WBF (Foundation) heavyweight title
91Loss76–10–3 (2)United States Charles EllisUD10Aug 8, 2015United States The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
90Loss76–9–3 (2)United States Jason GavernMD3Nov 14, 2013United Kingdom York Hall, London, EnglandPrizefighter 32: heavyweight semi-final
89Win76–8–3 (2)United Kingdom Matt LeggTKO3 (3), 1:04Nov 14, 2013United Kingdom York Hall, London, EnglandPrizefighter 32: heavyweight quarter-final
88Win75–8–3 (2)United States Kenny LemosUD8Jun 28, 2013United States Sky Ute Casino Resort, Ignacio, Colorado, U.S.
87Loss74–8–3 (2)Australia Lucas BrowneUD12Apr 28, 2013Australia Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, AustraliaFor vacant WBF (Foundation) heavyweight title
86Win74–7–3 (2)Canada Bobby GunnRTD5 (12), 3:00Jul 4, 2012United States Landers Center, Southaven, Mississippi, U.S.Won vacant IBU heavyweight title
85Loss73–7–2 (2)Russia Denis LebedevUD12Nov 4, 2011Russia Khodynka Arena, Moscow, RussiaFor WBA interim cruiserweight title
84Win73–6–3 (2)United States Damon ReedUD10Feb 24, 2011United States San Manuel Indian Casino, Highland, California, U.S.
83Win72–6–3 (2)United States Matthew GreerKO2 (10), 2:33Sep 12, 2009United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
82Win71–6–3 (2)United States Fres OquendoSD12Dec 13, 2008United States Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California, U.S.Won vacant WBO–NABO and IBA heavyweight titles
81NC70–6–3 (2)United States Hasim RahmanTKO3 (12), 3:00Jul 16, 2008United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.Vacant WBONABO heavyweight title at stake;
Originally a TKO win for Toney, later ruled an NC after an incorrect referee call
80Win70–6–3 (1)United States Danny BatchelderSD10May 24, 2007United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, U.S.
79Loss69–6–3 (1)Nigeria Samuel PeterUD12Jan 6, 2007United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.For NABF heavyweight title
78Loss69–5–3 (1)Nigeria Samuel PeterSD12Sep 2, 2006United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Lost IBA heavyweight title;
For NABF heavyweight title
77Draw69–4–3 (1)United States Hasim RahmanMD12Mar 18, 2006United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.For WBC heavyweight title
76Win69–4–2 (1)United States Dominick GuinnUD12Oct 1, 2005United States Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBA heavyweight title
75NC68–4–2 (1)United States John RuizUD12Apr 30, 2005United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.WBA and IBA heavyweight titles at stake;
Originally a UD win for Toney, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
74Win68–4–2United States Rydell BookerUD12Sep 23, 2004United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.Won vacant WBC Continental Americas and IBA heavyweight titles
73Win67–4–2United States Evander HolyfieldTKO9 (12), 1:42Oct 4, 2003United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
72Win66–4–2Kazakhstan Vassiliy JirovUD12Apr 26, 2003United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.Won IBF cruiserweight title
71Win65–4–2United States Jason RobinsonKO7 (12), 2:47Aug 18, 2002United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.
70Win64–4–2United States Michael RushTKO10 (10), 2:10May 31, 2002United States Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon, U.S.
69Win63–4–2Tonga Sione AsipeliUD10Mar 22, 2002United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
68Win62–4–2United States Wesley MartinTKO3 (10), 1:08Jul 30, 2001United States Crystal Park Casino, Compton, California, U.S.
67Win61–4–2Mexico Saúl MontanaTKO2 (12), 2:26Mar 29, 2001United States Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.Won vacant IBA super cruiserweight title
66Win60–4–2United States Courtney ButlerTKO3 (10), 1:14Nov 3, 2000United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
65Win59–4–2United States Terry McGroomMD10Jan 21, 2000United States Alumni Hall, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
64Win58–4–2Cuba Ramón GarbeyUD10Oct 8, 1999United States Roseland Ballroom, Taunton, Massachusetts, U.S.
63Win57–4–2United States Adolpho WashingtonTKO10 (10), 0:52Jul 30, 1999United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
62Win56–4–2United States Terry PorterTKO8 (10), 2:09Mar 7, 1999United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
61Win55–4–2United States Steve LittleUD12Jun 14, 1997United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.Won vacant IBO cruiserweight title
60Loss54–4–2Malawi Drake ThadziMD12May 14, 1997United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.For vacant IBO light heavyweight title
59Win54–3–2Jamaica Mike McCallumUD12Feb 22, 1997United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.Won vacant WBU cruiserweight title
58Loss53–3–2United States Montell GriffinUD12Dec 6, 1996United States Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.Lost WBU light heavyweight title
57Win53–2–2Jamaica Duran WilliamsTKO9 (12), 2:06Aug 9, 1996United States Casino Magic, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S.Retained WBU light heavyweight title
56Win52–2–2United States Charles OliverUD10Jul 3, 1996United States Station Casino, St. Charles, Missouri, U.S.
55Win51–2–2United States Earl ButlerTKO4 (12), 0:46May 14, 1996United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.Won WBU light heavyweight title
54Win50–2–2United States Richard MasonUD10Mar 1, 1996United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
53Win49–2–2United States Greg EverettKO2 (12), 2:03Dec 8, 1995United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.Won WBU Continental cruiserweight title
52Win48–2–2United States Ernest MateenDQ5 (12), 2:59Sep 9, 1995United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBU light heavyweight title;
Mateen disqualified for repeated fouls
51Win47–2–2Puerto Rico Freddie DelgadoTKO5 (12), 0:35Jun 18, 1995United States Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.Won WBU light heavyweight title
50Win46–2–2United States Anthony HembrickRTD5 (12), 3:00Apr 30, 1995United States Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won USBA light heavyweight title
49Win45–2–2United States Karl WillisTKO8 (10), 1:42Mar 20, 1995United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
48Loss44–2–2United States Montell GriffinMD12Feb 18, 1995United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.For IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title
47Loss44–1–2United States Roy Jones Jr.UD12Nov 18, 1994United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Lost IBF super middleweight title
46Win44–0–2United States Charles WilliamsKO12 (12), 2:45Jul 29, 1994United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBF super middleweight title
45Win43–0–2United States Vinson DurhamUD10May 18, 1994United States Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S.
44Win42–0–2United States Tim LittlesTKO4 (12), 1:03Mar 5, 1994United States Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained IBF super middleweight title
43Win41–0–2United States Anthony HembrickTKO7 (10), 0:47Jan 16, 1994United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
42Win40–0–2United States Tony ThorntonUD12Oct 29, 1993United States Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.Retained IBF super middleweight title
41Win39–0–2United States Larry PratherUD10Aug 24, 1993United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
40Win38–0–2Puerto Rico Danny GarciaRTD6 (10), 3:00Jul 29, 1993United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
39Win37–0–2United States Glenn ThomasUD10Jun 6, 1993United States The Aladdin, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
38Win36–0–2United States Ricky ThomasTKO10 (10), 0:51Apr 17, 1993United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
37Win35–0–2United States Govoner ChaversTKO9 (10), 1:54Mar 23, 1993United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
36Win34–0–2United States Iran BarkleyRTD9 (12), 3:00Feb 13, 1993United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Won IBF super middleweight title
35Win33–0–2United States Doug DeWittRTD6 (10), 3:00Dec 5, 1992United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
34Win32–0–2Jamaica Mike McCallumMD12Aug 29, 1992United States Convention Center, Reno, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBF middleweight title
33Win31–0–2United States Ricky StackhouseTKO3 (10)May 26, 1992United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
32Win30–0–2United States Glenn WolfeUD12Apr 11, 1992United States Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBF middleweight title
31Win29–0–2United States Dave TiberiSD12Feb 8, 1992United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained IBF middleweight title
30Draw28–0–2Jamaica Mike McCallumSD12Dec 13, 1991United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained IBF middleweight title
29Win28–0–1Italy Francesco Dell'AquilaTKO4 (12), 0:43Oct 12, 1991Monaco Stade Louis II, Monte Carlo, MonacoRetained IBF middleweight title
28Win27–0–1United States Reggie JohnsonSD12Jun 29, 1991United States Las Vegas Hilton, Winchester, Nevada, U.S.Retained IBF middleweight title
27Win26–0–1United States Michael NunnTKO11 (12), 2:14May 10, 1991United States John O'Donnell Stadium, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.Won IBF middleweight title
26Win25–0–1United States Alberto GonzalezTKO5 (10), 2:00Mar 31, 1991United States Sands Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
25Win24–0–1Dominican Republic Merqui SosaSD12Jan 13, 1991United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.Retained IBC middleweight title
24Win23–0–1Brazil Carlos SilvaTKO5 (10), 1:29Dec 10, 1990United States Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
23Win22–0–1United States Sanderline WilliamsUD10Oct 16, 1990United States Hyatt Regency, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
22Win21–0–1United States Kevin BrazierTKO2 (10)Aug 24, 1990United States Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
21Draw20–0–1United States Sanderline WilliamsMD10Jul 26, 1990United States Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
20Win20–0United States Ricardo BryantTKO4 (12), 2:19Jun 27, 1990United States Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.Won IBC middleweight title
19Win19–0Argentina Horacio Rene BrandanKO2 (10), 2:06May 23, 1990United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
18Win18–0Venezuela Jose Luis EstevenTKO5 (10), 1:25Apr 27, 1990United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
17Win17–0United States Toby TylerTKO5 (6), 1:57Apr 5, 1990United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
16Win16–0United States Philip MorefieldKO1 (10), 1:10Mar 1, 1990United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.Won vacant Michigan middleweight title
15Win15–0United States Danny ThomasUD8Jan 20, 1990United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
14Win14–0United States Joe JohnsonTKO4 1:45Nov 29, 1989United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
13Win13–0United States Ron AmundsenUD10Nov 13, 1989United States Central Park Athletic Club, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
12Win12–0United States Robert ClintonKO1Oct 26, 1989United States International Hotel & Resorts, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
11Win11–0United States Ricardo SimpsonKO2Oct 12, 1989United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
10Win10–0United States Joe SummersTKO2Sep 21, 1989United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
9Win9–0United States Lemark DavisUD6Sep 7, 1989United States The Palace, Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
8Win8–0United States Mark StephensTKO2 (4)Jul 20, 1989United States Boat Club, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
7Win7–0United States Steve ChaneyKO1 (4)Jun 6, 1989United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
6Win6–0United States Arthur WillisSD4May 2, 1989United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
5Win5–0United States James FernandezUD4Feb 16, 1989United States Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, U.S.
4Win4–0United States Sammy JenkinsTKO4 (4)Jan 17, 1989United States Premier Center, Sterling Heights, Michigan, U.S.
3Win3–0United States Carl PennKO1 (4)Jan 10, 1989United States Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
2Win2–0United States Ronnie YoeKO1 (4)Dec 6, 1988United States The New Daisy Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
1Win1–0United States Stephen LeeTKO2 (4)Oct 26, 1988United States Thomas Crystal Gardens, Mount Clemens, Michigan, U.S.

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
1 match0 wins1 loss
By submission01
Loss0–1Randy CoutureSubmission (arm-triangle choke)UFC 118August 28, 201013:19Boston, Massachusetts, United States

See also


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