The planned James Toney-Ken Shamrock MMA fight has been delayed until next year, according to a press release by Toney’s camp.
Toney, who lost his MMA debut to Randy Couture, will meet Denis Ledbedev in a boxing match in Russia on November 5.
Ledbedev is a top-ranked cruiserweight contender, who recently knocked out Roy Jones, Jr. “Lights Out” has not competed at 200 pounds since 2003, focusing on his heavyweight boxing career instead.
“November 5, I’m going to invade Russia and show this punk what happens when he messes with the USA,” Toney said. “I’m calling it ‘Lights Out in Russia’ because he’s just the first one I’m going to whip.”
BoxingInsider is reporting that the Toney-Shamrock MMA fight has fallen apart over money issues. The fight would have featured new rules, as the fighters would be forced to stand after just 30 seconds on the ground.
Toney is 73-6-3 with 44 career knockouts in his boxing career, but, after pushing UFC President Dana White for an opportunity to compete inside the Octagon, was submitted in just over three minutes at UFC 118 via an arm-triangle choke.