James Toney and Ken Shamrock Will Have MMA Fight in September
There are some fights that are made that really get you pumped up. For me, Fedor-Henderson, Overeem-Silva, and Mayweather-Ortiz all spark interest. Then there are some fights that are strict pay days which we cover because it’s part of our job. And of course you inevitably have fights that never should be going on. Jose Canseco has had quite a few of those. Roy Jones Jr. has sadly joined the same category. And now, disappointingly, we can add one more.
Boxer James Toney and legendary UFC fighter Ken Shamrock will square off on September 23rd in El Paso, Texas according to BJPenn.com. Toney is a 42-year-old boxer who got destroyed by Randy Couture in his lone MMA fight. Toney looked so bad even Mike Tyson was laughing at him. The good news for Lights Out is he’s facing Shamrock who has gone 2-7 since 2005. The 47-year-old isn’t in top condition, but that doesn’t matter — Couture was the same age when he pummeled Toney.
Toney stands little chance to beat an MMA fighter in a mixed martial arts fight. If it were a boxing match, I’d install him as a 1:10 favorite. In the cage? The odds are the reverse. I would ask why he’s doing it to himself, but we all already know the answer — it’s to make money and remain relevant. LBS has a really interesting story on Toney we’ll be sharing later, so make sure you follow me on twitter @LBSports so you don’t miss it.
Lastly, any surprise Texas may be the venue? Keep in mind both fighters have been busted for PED-usage in the past and Texas’ athletic commission is lax when it comes to testing. Why do you think so many fights have been staged there recently?