Doug Fischer

10: Best middleweight titleholders of the last 50 years

 

10. James Toney (active)

Record: 73-6-3, 44 knockouts

Years active: 1988-present

Title reign: 1991-1992 (IBF); six defenses

Style: Ultra-crafty, ultra-tough counter puncher

Strengths: Intelligence, defensive savvy, combination and counter-punching ability, tough-guy attitude, right hand, and rock-solid chin (has never been stopped in 84 pro bouts).

Why is he ranked? Fiery tempered Michigan native somehow fit six title defenses in his 15-month reign, including title-winning victory over an incredibly talented and undefeated (36-0) Michael Nunn and defenses against future titleholder Reggie Johnson and future hall of famer Mike McCallum.

Who did he fight? Nunn, (TKO 11), Johnson (SD 12) and McCallum (D 12, W 12).

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