Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Jamestoney
James Toney, a former champion fighting at 43, lost a unanimous decision Friday to Denis Lebedev of Russia for the interim WBA cruiserweight title. Cheered by the home crowd at Khodynka Ice Palace, Lebedev started tentatively but would up battering a fading Toney toward the end and won all 12 rounds. The three judges all scored the bout 120-108. Toney dropped to 73-7-3, with 44 knockouts, and was limping after the fight. At 197 1/2 pounds, he was at his lightest weight in eight years. This was his second straight defeat. ''I had a bad night, but I'll come back,'' he said. ''I'm definitely not retiring.'' Lebedev, 11 years younger than his opponent, began landing his powerful jab in the second round, forcing Toney to the ropes. Toney said he hurt his left knee in the second round and never recovered. The American, a former middleweight, super middleweight and cruiserweight champion, tried to impose his will in the third round. He threw sev...
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