Iran Barkley (30-7, 18 KOs)
vs. James Toney (33-0-2, 22 KOs)
Feb. 13, 1993, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nev.
James Toney was an established star, having already tarnished the otherwise-perfect records of Merqui Sosa and Michael Nunn, with additional victories over Reggie Johnson and Mike McCallum. Barkley's mercurial career had included a victory over James Kinchen in '85, a loss to Sumbu Kalambay in '87, a victory over Thomas Hearns in '88, and consecutive losses to Roberto Duran, Nunn and Nigel Benn from '89-'91. He was riding a five-fight win streak, including another conquest of Hearns, when he took on Toney for the IBF middleweight crown.
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James "Lights Out" Toney