Date: 8th February 1992
Venue: Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Title: IBF World Middleweight Title
Promoted by: Gelb Promotions, Top Rank
Tv: ABC Sports
( 28 - 0 - 2 )
Weight: 159 3/4 lbs
( 22 - 2 - 3 )
Weight: 158 1/4 lbs
While making the fourth defence of the IBF World Middleweight Title he won from Michael Nunn, James Toney became embroiled in one of the most controversial championship bouts in modern times when he faced Dave Tiberi in Atlantic City.
The split decision win for the champion was the catalyst for U.S. Senator William Roth of Delaware to call for an investigation into boxing.
Tiberi who managed just 7 knockouts in his 22 wins decided to turn the fight into a phone booth war which seemed a bad decision when he was badly hurt by a Toney flurry at the end of the 1st round, but as the fight unfolded it was Tiberi who displayed the better stamina and outworked the champion at in-fighting.
A lengthy break between the 5th and 6th rounds to change Tiberi's left glove gave the champion a much-needed recovery period but when the action resumed Tiberi continued to apply relentless pressure which soon saw him winning rounds against the badly weakened 24-year-old champion.
When the final bell rang, most neutral observers had only one winner and that was Tiberi who entered the ring as a huge underdog.
Scores: Frank Brunette 111-117 | Frank Garza 115-112 | Bill Lerch 115-112.
Tiberi never boxed again and years later James Toney admitted that the New Castle, Delaware Tiberi should have won the title that night in Atlantic City.