The Uncivil War : Roy Jones Jr. vs James “Lights Out” Toney

On November 18, 1994, Roy Jones Jr. was set to face undefeated IBF Super Middlewight Champion James “Lights Out” Toney, who was ranked highly in the “pound for pound” rankings. Toney had remained undefeated in 46 bouts and was rated the best in the world at 168 lbs.


Billed as “The Uncivil War”, Toney vs Jones was heavily hyped. Jones, for the first time in his career, was the underdog.Over the course of the 12-round unanimous decision, Jones demonstrated his greatness. He danced circles around Toney, landing quick combinations at will, scoring a flash knockdown in the third round. Ring magazine called Jones’ performance the most dominant of any big fight in 20 years. Jones knocked Toney down in the third round with a left hook. Jones landed 285 of 614 punches (46%) and Toney connected on 157 of 451 (35%). Jones was ahead on all three judges scorecards (117-110, 119-108 & 118-109). The fight generated 300,000 pay-per-view buys.