James “Lights Out” Toney once seemed on his way to being an alltime great. Now 46, his pro career hit a new low on Saturday night, as he lost a 10-round decision in Saint Charles, Missouri, to a 40-year-old club fighter named Charles Ellis. Ellis (10-3-1, 8 KO) is a native of Wichita, Kansas, who had lost two straight fights to Adam Kownacki and Ed Fountain, a couple of prospects early in their careers.
None of Ellis’ nine wins coming into this fight were worth much of anything, and he’d fit those nine wins into a 9-year-plus period between September 2004 and May 2014. Scores for the fight were 99-91, 98- 92, and 97-93, indicating that this fight wasn’t even competitive.
Toney (76-10-3, 46 KO) recently did an interview where he said that he and Shaquille O’Neal are cousins. It was not the first time he has made slurred speech, but it’s definitely getting worse.
From what badlefthook.com can see and hear of Toney these days, his being licensed to fight by the Missouri commission is questionable at the very best, and truly negligent and dangerous at worst. Hopefully, this loss will be the last for James Toney, who hasn’t been a relevant fighter since 2007.