No Risk, No Reward: James Toney vs. Samuel Peter Scorecard by Mark elding


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
JAMES TONEY
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
117
SAMUEL PETER
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
8
10
9
10
113

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Considering the circumstances, namely that Toney first won the middleweight title by stopping the gifted Michael Nunn in ‘91, his performance in this heavyweight fight some 15 years later was another to add to his extensive body of work that clearly establishes ‘Lights Out’ as an all time great fighter.

A modern day Sam Langford, with old school skills enhanced by modern day refinement, it was a joy to observe an old, out of shape, flat footed ex middleweight champ take a 257lb legitimate bonebreaker to school. For extended portions of the fight at least.

Toney deserved the decision. Even if a number of the rounds were legitimately close and open to interpretation, and the gulf in natural weight and physical strength inhibited Toney from finessing Peter to the degree that he was in complete control, the well deserved point deduction should have cemented the victory for the smaller man. What was apparent though, is that natural bulk and physical strength did cause the master craftsmen distress at times, Peter even stunning him with head shots that were characteristically partially rolled with by Toney. In fact, those punches likely contributed to Toney’s clearly diminished motor skills from this point on. Peter was no Montell Griffin, and Toney’s desire to prove he could hang with the big boys was a cruel double edged sword.