James Toney vs. Reggie Johnson Scorecard by Mark elding


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES TONEY
9
8
9
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
114
REGGIE JOHNSON
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
114

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Some tight rounds, tight fight. All 3 judges scorecards were fair.

Johnson was a beautiful boxer, but often too passive. Toney, who notoriously struggled to make 160lbs, lacked the energy to do what he needed to do consistently, which was the story of his middleweight career. Indeed, I believe the 2nd round knockdown was as much due to Toney lacking optimum strength at the weight, much like Oscar DeLaHoya's early career knockdowns when campaigning too low at 130lbs. Toney would later display an iron chin all the way up to heavyweight.

What was also noticeable was how upright Toney boxed, in comparison to how we would later fight. As a young, developing champion (and this bout took place only SEVEN weeks after his massive upset of Michael Nunn), he was clearly still refining his game.