Former pound for pound star and multi-weight world champion James Toney was staring into the abyss on Sunday morning after being overhauled by little-known veteran Charles Ellis in St Louis, Missouri.
The 46 year-old, who once struck fear into his opponents with his ‘Lights Out’ nickname alone, lost for the tenth time in his career on the back of an almost two-year absence.
Toney has given many interviews since his last reverse in the UK Prizefighter series stating his intention to regain the world title, but on last night’s evidence the American would struggle to pick up a regional belt and is fighting way past his best days.
The one-time star of the sport was out-fought and out-manoeuvred by Ellis, 40 and now has four losses from seven contests – which means Toney should seriously consider taking a step back and preserving what is left of his faculties.
Ellis had himself been the victim of back-to-back defeats against up and comers Ed Fountain and Adam Kownacki, although the Kansas man has little celebrate in beating a fighter who is clearly a shell of what he once was.
Judges on the night carded 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93 in favour of Ellis who improved his record to 10-3-1 and has a story to tell his grandchildren.