James Toney (65-4-2, 42 KOs)
vs. Vasily Jirov (31-0, 27 KOs)
April 26, 2003 at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Conn.
The southpaw from Kazakhstan came to Foxwoods as the reigning IBF cruiserweight champion, with a perfect record that included wins over Jorge Castro, Julian Letterlough and Terry McGroom. Toney's 11-fight winning streak dated back to 1997. This meeting was an intriguing clash of styles that was hailed as ESPN's "Fight of the Year" for 2003.
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