In yet another boxing vs. mixed martial arts episode, an increasingly common topic of debate on the part of fighters and combat sports fans, three-time world boxing champion, James "Lights Out" Toney, stated in an online radio interview with Boxing Confidential, that he would be willing to accept a challenge inside the cage.
"UFC is not ready for someone like me. I am too violent," said Toney during the program. “If they want to make it boxer vs. UFC, if Dana White has the balls, like he does on TV, he can call Dan Goossen and we can make it happen. I will fight Randy Couture or Chuck Lindell.”
Unlike his colleague "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, who questioned the level of athleticism of mixed martial artists versus that of professional boxers, Toney
“99 percent of boxers who would go in UFC would probably get their ass whooped," he said. "But I am one percent, I never got my ass whooped.”
The possibility of seeing Toney go toe to toe with a seasoned, professional mixed martial arts competitor is more likely than seeing Mayweather do so. At 38 years of age, Toney has less to lose than the 29 year old Mayweather, who is recognized as the world's top pound for pound boxer who may earn in the ballpark of $20 million on May 5th when he takes on boxing's "Golden Boy," Oscar De La Hoya.