Gvozdyk looks great; Toney faces Sheppard on May 13- News

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By Allan Fox: Unbeaten light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KOs) looked great in beating Yunieski Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KOs) in a 3rd round TKO last Saturday night in the performance of the night on the Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa card at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The 29-year-old Gvozdyk ramped up his offense in the 3rd round after testing out Gonzalez’s chin with some fast punches that sent him down.

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James Toney faces Eric Martel Bahoeli on November 27th

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By Jim Dower: 47-year-old former three division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (76-10-3, 46 KOs) will be fighting next month on November 27th against 34-year-old heavyweight Eric “The Hammer” Martel Bahoeli (11-5, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round fight at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

It’s hard to believe that Toney is still fighting at 47, because his career has been pretty much over since his two losses to Samuel Peter in 2006 and 2007. Those fights seemed to take the best of what’s left of Toney.

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James Toney loses to Charles Ellis

By Jim Dower: Former three division world champion James Toney (76-10-3, 46 KOs) suffered a 10 round unanimous decision loss to little known heavyweight Charles Ellis (10-3-1, 8 KOs) last Saturday night in a one-sided fight at the Chase Hotel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. The final judges’ scores were 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93.

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Mike Tyson comments on Deontay Wilder

wilder23 - CopyBy Scott Gilfoid: Earlier today, former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson made a comment about unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO’s), saying that he wants to see how the 6’7” Deontay will react when he faces someone that will punch him back. Deontay then fired back with some comments of his own, and this led to James Toney joining in by telling Deontay he was off base for returning fire on Tyson.

Mike Tyson said this about Deontay as quoted by Showtime: “We have to see what happens when he [Deontay] gets hit back. Anyone can knock someone out, even my 3-year-old son.”

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Defense: A beautiful art to master

mayweather43334By Wil Patino: Defense is an art only few are willing and able to master. Its hard to appreciate in real time yet beautiful to watch in slow motion. Only then can you truly see step by step the essence of eluding an attack. There are a variety of ways to make your opponent miss and many techniques one can apply. I’m here to speak on an art that some may not appreciate or truly understand.

From casual fans to hardcore, pure defense can be hard to appreciate and can feel a bit lackluster in regards to the action in the ring. I myself love an offensive fighter and the art of the knockout (hence the term knock out artist). They entertain and present a magnificent display in the technique of attack and conquer. Today I will speak on the defensive wizards of yesteryear’s with some mention of present fighters. The way they brush off punches like they brush paint on a canvas we call the ring.

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Manuel Charr vs. James Toney on December 20th in Hamburg, Germany

charr43By Eric Thomas: Former three division world champion James Toney (76-9-3, 46 KO’s) will be facing #6 WBC Manuel Charr (25-1, 15 KO’s) next month on December 20th in a 12 round bout at the Messem Schnelsen, in Hamburg, Germany.

Charr is aiming low with this fight by taking on the 45-year-old Toney, but it’s been the norm for Charr to pad his record against less than dangerous opposition throughout his career. The 29-year-old Charr fought for a world title last year in losing by a 4th round TKO to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in September of 2012.

Charr was picked out by Vitali as an optional title defense. It’s highly unlikely that Charr would have ever been able to beat the likes of Bermane Stiverne or Chris Arreola to become Vitali’s mandatory challenger, so Vitali picked him out as an optional title defense.

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Toney should capture Prizefighter tonight

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By Scott Gilfoid: 45-year-old James Toney (75-8-3, 45 KO’s) will be taking part in the Prizefighter tourney tonight against a handful of little known heavyweights from around the globe at the Hall, Bethnal Green, in London, United Kingdom. As shot as Toney has looked in the last few years, I think he’s got a real chance to win this thing tonight.

Toney’s toughest opposition will be coming from Brian Minto and Michael Sprott, and those guys are definitely beatable opposition for Toney as long as he lets his hands go. With the fights being 3 rounders, he’s going to have to forget about taking his time with these guys and just throw nonstop punches if he wants to win the tourney.

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