Oh man! James Toney before the cheeseburgers…
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Yeah; he was something else.
When I was younger I was beguiled by the power and speed of McClellan.
But in my old age (:D) I not only believe Toney to be superior, I can see clearly from this spar how Toney could have outboxed and dismantled him.
I’m hoping we’ll get a little discussion on this (I know London will have some nice insights into Toney’s tech,) but have a nice vid of Valero sparring Morales too.
What a great video. Really nice find mate.
McClellan was a beast, but I’m with you, Toney was a visibly superior fighter.
To me, Toney (before he ate all the pies) was almost a perfect fighter. He really had everything, including respectable power, which for a defensive wizard is rare. He was also just plain exciting and liked a good fight. He also has almost every bad habit it is possible for a fighter to have, and yet is almost untouchable.
What I always found interesting about Toney is the fact that he has an extremely upright, orthodox stance for a defensive master. What I thought was particularly interesting from that video was to see the amount of work Toney’s back foot does. He is constantly adjusting it by millimetres, creating angles, space and time for himself. I always think you can spot a good fighter when they have a busy front foot, making tiny adjustments to keep themselves free from a tangle when in range. Toney seems to do a lot of that work using his back foot, despite the fact that he maintains a largely orthodox stance.