Ibarra on James Toney: This guy is a spongePosted on March 15, 2010, 07:46 AM by Anton Gurevich
James Toney's manager and trainer Juanito Ibarra stated in his latest interview to Sherdog.com that he fully believes in the ability of James Toney to succeed in Mixed Martial Arts. Ibarra stated that James Toney's "Burger King habits" have magically disappeared after he began his training camp, praising Toney's determination to do well in the sport:
"He loves Burger King. I hope he gets a Burger King commercial out of it. But what I'm trying to say is this guy, since we've started training seriously in the last couple of weeks, his bad habits have gone away like magic. I know people doubt it. I'm telling you it's like giving candy to a baby. This guy is a sponge."
Ibarra stated once again that he wants "Lights Out" Toney to fight Kimbo Slice sometime between June or July, what would be a stepping stone before Toney faces a tougher competitors like Chuck Liddell or Tito Ortiz. Juanito Ibarra expects James Toney to move up the ladder in the UFC, sooner than later:
"We'll fight Kimbo after his fight against Matt Mitrione. And then we'd like to move on and there's guys like Chuck Liddell, who's been learning jiu-jitsu and I respect Chuck ultimately. I love that guy and I like the way he fights. You've got him and Tito Ortiz fighting and who knows maybe down the road at the end of the year we'll fight the winner of that fight and keep moving up."
Many people already doubt the seriousness of an idea to book a decorated Heavyweight Boxing Champion against a 4-1 fighter who made his name fighting on the streets. Forty-one year old James Toney made his professional Boxing debut 21 years ago, on October 26th 1988.