Thursday, July 17, 2008

Toney Defeats Rahman

In a rematch to their previous encounter which ended in a draw, James "Lights Out" Toney & Hasim “The Rock” Rahman went at it again yesterday. The fight started out without too much activity for the 1st two rounds even though Rahman was winning slightly with better use of a busier jab and then things picked up in the 3rd with Toney becoming busier and landing rights.

The fight ended controversially with Toney getting a TKO win in the 3rd. The reason it was controversial is because earlier in the round they bumped heads and left Rahman with a cut above the eye. They *should have* stopped the fight to check the cut and continued the bout, *but didn't*. Later, after the 3rd round, Rahman complained that he had problems seeing which caused the bout to halt and they declared Toney winner by TKO. Many feel this should have been ruled a no decision since it was more than likely caused by the headbutt.

I think the ruling is incorrect.

********** I watched the fight again --- I change my opinion it should have been a no decision/no contest. It's not his fault they didn't look at his eye initially after the headbutt.

Here's the fight:

Toney Rahman 2 Rounds 1 & 2

Toney Rahman 2 Round 3

Toney Rahman 2 After Fight

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