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Sunday, July 05, 2009

James Toney, at 40, Facing Fres Oquendo in a Heavyweight Bout

(This entry was originally published in this blog December 2008 and it is based on the information of that time.)

Sometimes age does not matter a lot in your performance if you have the determination and will power to give your best in your job. That is what the case for 40-year-old American boxer James Toney who is going to face Fres Oquendo, 35, tonight (13 December 2008) in a heavyweight bout at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon. The bout is widely touted as the fight which will decide if Toney can refurbish his career or takes the road to end.

Latimes reported:

James Toney, 81 fights into a pro boxing career that has included middleweight, super-middleweight and super-cruiserweight world titles and a heavyweight title bout, meets Fres Oquendo (29-4, 18 knockouts) in a heavyweight main event tonight at Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon that probably will determine if the 40-year-old Toney is headed for another title shot or on a road to oblivion.

“I’m a professional, none of it’s affected me at all,” Toney said. “I’ll be in great shape. I respect Fres, he’s a good fighter, but he’s never been in there with James Toney.”

Well, that sounds pretty good. Boxing at the age of 40 is not something very easy, but Toney has the will power and determination to get over all the shortcomings that his age might create. Fres Oquendo, on the other hand, is not that famous in the boxing world. He recently lost to Chris Byrd and John Ruiz in his pursuit to win the world titles. So, he will feel the urge to show his talent and skill against James Toney. So, you can expect a highly-competitive bout tonight.

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