Hasim Rahman and James Toney fought to a majority draw in Atlantic City last night, which was a questionable verdict from this viewer's perspective.
For many of the rounds, Rahman was able to keep the shorter and fatter James Toney at bay with his jab. At times, when Rahman had Toney on the ropes, he would bully Toney and outhussle him on the ropes as well! I can not see how two judges gave six rounds to Toney. Rahman totally out worked and out landed Toney over the course of the fight. Official scores: 117-111 Rahman, 114-114 (twice). What fight were those two judges watching??? Were they able to see at all????
My scorecard (117-111 Rahman) was identical to that of the one official judge who was not blind at ringside. To us it was clear, Rahman had won the fight. Toney looked like he had won the buffet eating contest in training. Next time I go to Atlantic City, probably in the next week or so, I am going to have to bring some air fresheners with me because that decision stunk out the joint!
James Toney is a great fighter, but you win some and you lose some. Last night, he appeared to lose that fight. Both men were gracious afterwards, giving props and respect to each other. Should a rematch transpire, Toney will have be in much better shape and enter the fight a better strategy than that of floundering around the ring like a beached whale.
Rahman will go on to face his mandatory challenger, Oleg Maskaev. Maskaev is remembered for knocking Rahman out of the ring, and into the laps of the ringside commentators, back in 1999. They are on a collision course to meet each other in a rematch,
Should Rahman avenge that loss, he should be well on his way to meeting the winner of the IBF Heavyweight Title fight next month between Champion Chris Byrd and Wladmir Klitschko.
For more Rahman/Toney post-fight coverage, check out this Fightnews article.