James "Lights Out" Toney Easily Decisions Damon Reed
By David A. Avila
HIGHLAND-IBA heavyweight titleholder James “Lights Out”
Toney handily beat Damon Reed after 10 rounds of a non-title bout on Thursday
The multi-division world champion Toney (73-6, 44 KOs) was
forced to chase a reluctant Reed (45-15, 32
“Thanks everybody for your support,” said Toney who was not surprised by Reed’s constant running.
Reed used the first three rounds to entice Toney to trail him as he scooted around the ring seldom firing punches. The champion scored with some blows to the body as Reed frantically moved away from getting to close. Toney motioned to Reed several times to engage as the crowd booed the lack of action.
The fight slipped into another gear in the fifth round as Reed stopped moving. Toney fired several combinations that landed through Reed’s gloves and four body blows that all connected.
Reed finally struck back with a strong counter right that connected flush in the seventh, but he absorbed several left hooks and overhand rights during a busier round. The eighth was a carbon copy of the seventh with Reed landing some rights in close and moving out of range.
Toney, who weighed in a plus-250, advanced forward in the
ninth but Reed seemed unwilling to trade with the champion. Moving side to side
and occasionally moving in for a jab was all the
In the 10th and final round Reed opened up with some combinations with 10 seconds left in the fight and it was the only aggressive action he administered. Toney smiled at the effort but was disheartened at Reed’s lack of heat. All three judges scored it 100-90 for Toney.
Toney said it’s just the beginning for a run at winning the other heavyweight world titles.
“I want all of the titles,” Toney said.
The IBA champ hinted he’s looking toward enticing former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver in a heavyweight bout. Tarver is currently working with Showtime as an analyst.
In fight that looked lopsided on paper a fighter with no
wins beat an undefeated fighter when Alfredo Rivera (1-7) took a majority
Rivera had lost to several very talented fighters including Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis. Matchmaker Ray Alcorta lobbied heavily to pair the winless Rivera against the undefeated Estrada. The outcome proved his argument was correct as Rivera plowed through Estrada all four rounds. It was the “fight of the night” and fans roared their approval even before Rivera was announced the winner.
Heavyweight Enrique Lobatos (2-2-1) of
Despite dominating for three rounds Edther Arvizu (1-1) loss by disqualification after he and Shawn Wate (1-5) tangled up and was tossed to the floor. Wate could not continue and referee Tony Crebs called the fight off at 27 seconds of the fourth round. The referee had warned Arvizu twice for holding. Wate was taken by stretcher for further evaluation.