Rumble On The Riverbank: Michael Nunn vs. James Toney

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Rumble On The Riverbank: Michael Nunn vs. James Toney
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Average: 4.5 (6 votes)

Date: 
Friday, May 10, 1991
Location: 
Davenport, IA
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
160
Titles at Stake: 
IBF Middleweight Championship
Referee: 
Nelson

Official Judging
Bob Watson 99 - 91
Dalby Shirley 98 - 92
Gary Merritt 97 - 93

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James Toney travels to Quad Cities to take on IBF Middleweight Champion Michael Nunn in the champion's backyard. Hopelessly behind on points, Toney floors Nunn with a huge left hook in the eleventh round. Nunn valiantly beats the count but is hammered to the canvas once more by Toney's right hand. Referee Denny Nelson stops the fight as Nunn's corner throws in the towel, crowning Toney champion.




Fan Cards: Rumble On The Riverbank: Michael Nunn vs. James Toney


scorecard by CHRIS M95
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by THEALTERPLACE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
9
10
19
JAMES TONEY
10
9
19


scorecard by PHILLYPHAN69
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by MARK ELDING
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
10
94


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
95
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
95


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by WHAT_IS_THE_DEFAULT_PASSWORD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
95
JAMES TONEY
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
96


scorecard by KMSCR83
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by TALESFROMTHECRYPT
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by COREY WILLINGER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


scorecard by NICK_FOXX
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
MICHAEL NUNN
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
9
9
97
JAMES TONEY
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
10
10
93


Comments

rorschach's picture

Time for the unappreciated greatness of James Toney!

rorschach's picture

Great fight!

Corey Willinger's picture

This was called "The Rumble On The Riverbank." You can see the poster if you Google Image search it.

what_is_the_default_password's picture

An entertaining back-and-forth fight between two stylists, a real joy to watch.

Some bizarre things happened in this fight though, I think it was round 8 where Nunn was at the corner and Toney was stalking towards him when Nunn suddenly shouted at Toney to 'stop'. Nunn appeared to have stepped on a puddle of water at the corner, and Toney ACTUALLY STOPPED. Nunn looked as if he tapped his feet on the canvas and then they resumed fighting. When most boxers would not even obey the referee's instructions Toney actually listened to his opponent!

There was another 'holy shit' moment in this fight where Toney was on the verge of pummeling and pushing Nunn of the ropes. Nunn had his upper body almost entirely over the ropes, Toney had his left pinned to Nunn's chest and his right raised so high as if he was going to deliver Zeus' own thunder.

Another almost-bizarre sight is James Toney himself, looking incredibly slim. He had that 'lean and hungry look' of Cassius, befitting his status as a challenger. His manager rented a house outside the city for Toney just to keep Toney off Burger King as Toney trained. This was a young Toney who looked as fit as a fiddle instead of a sumo wrestler.

Nunn himself looked funny too, what a gigantic middleweight!

what_is_the_default_password's picture

A pervasive myth surrounding this fight is that Nunn was schooling or dominating Toney until Toney landed a Hail Mary left hook.

Having watched this fight yesterday I feel this could not be further from the truth, Nunn was leading on the hometown scorecards but Toney made the fight very competitive. Toney was young and relatively inexperienced indeed but he already displayed a versatile defense, good counter-punching and a solid inside-game. Toney landed so many good body-shots throughout the fight, which wore Nunn down and ultimately enabled that knockout win. Meanwhile Toney protected himself well, his shell shielded many body blows and his elusive head ensured he rarely took a hard,clean hit. This knockout was no fluke, it was the natural result of Toney being the better fighter. In fact, I have Toney leading by 1-point before the knockout.

Of course, you can reasonably argue Nunn was ahead before the knockout, but certainly not by any wide margins. Which is why I am surprised the other scorecards here seem to perpetuate the myth.