Samuel Strong, Meet Toney Toned: Two Heavyweight Tip Scale Ready For War

Hollywood, Fl- In what was the final press conference between the two heavyweights, earlier today James “Lights Out” Toney and Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter tipped the scales before a nice size audience at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Much has been made about James Toney’s training for the fight, and the fact that he employed the services of workout king Billy Blanks. When Toney stripped down to hit the scales, it was apparent that there was no gimmicks behind the reports as the firm and toned Toney weighed in at a solid 234lbs, which was nearly identical to his weight in the first fight, (233lbs). The difference with Toney this time around is that the 234lbs we saw today was alot more firm and technically showed low to no body flab. Toney admitted at the weigh-in that he’s in “150% better shape this time around”, and for some, his experience along with the conditioning will be what gives him the victory if he does indeed get one. Samuel Peter apparently went into camp with thoughts in mind of shedding a few pounds as well. When his time came to tip the scales he did so at an impressive 249lbs, which was 8lbs lighter than his previous fight weight. If the conditioning aspect of the fight determines the outcome, it will be an interesting one to call because both fighters have shed considerable weight and appear to be in the best condition of their careers. Both have vowed knockouts and both have vowed that they’re ready to go the distance if necessary so in the end it will all be decided by whomever’s will is stronger. (Photo’s below of some of the ‘greats’ in attendance, along with MVN’s Vivek Wallace). (There will be a preview to the fight posted on the morning of the fight. It will include a look back at the last one, and will cover keys to victory for both fighters. Freddie Roach and MVN's Vivek Wallace

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Tim is the founder of The Queensberry Rules and co-founder of The Transnational Boxing Rankings Board ( He lives in Washington, D.C. He has written for the Guardian, Economist, New Republic, Chicago Tribune and more.