James Toney Wants to Be Two-Sport Athlete
James Toney insists that he’s taking mixed martial arts seriously. But he also says boxing is still his top priority.
Toney, who signed with the UFC last week, told MMAFighting.com that he won’t stop boxing and expects to step into the ring some time in the next couple of months before stepping into the Octagon this summer. But he compared himself to Bo Jackson, a two-sport athlete who described football as “a hobby” but was still one of the best running backs in the NFL.
“I’m still a boxer,” Toney said. “Boxing is my No. 1 goal. … This is something that’s going to keep me invigorated. Unlike most boxing people, I’m a fan of MMA. Why not give it a chance?”