Weekend scorecard: Toney a future Hall Of Famer

In becoming just the third ex-middleweight to win the heavyweight title, James Toney guaranteed himself a spot in the Hall of Fame when he hangs up the gloves.

Updated: May 9, 2005, 2:12 AM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

A roundup of the weekend's notable boxing results from around the world:

Saturday at New York City
James Toney W12 John Ruiz
Wins heavyweight title
Scores: 116-111 (twice), 115-112
Records: Toney 69-4-2; Ruiz 41-6-1
Rafael's remark: If there had been any doubt before, Toney guaranteed himself a spot in the Hall of Fame when he hangs up the gloves. He's now a four-division champ and only the third former middleweight champ to win a heavyweight belt. In doing so, he did boxing fans everywhere a favor – he caused two-time titlist John Ruiz to announce his retirement. Although Ruiz accomplished a lot, he was constantly criticized for his awful style. But it was never personal. He's one of the nicest guys in boxing. It's just that most people would rather mow their lawn or do laundry than watch him in yet another agonizing grab-fest. Toney's winning opens up a whole series of heavyweight fights that are more interesting than anything Ruiz could have been involved in.
Junior lightweight
Vicente Mosquera W12 Yodsanan Nanthachai
Wins junior lightweight title
Scores: 118-108, 116-111, 115-112
Records: Mosquera 21-1-1; Nanthachai 44-3-1
Rafael's remark: Unknown Mosquera gave Panama reason to celebrate as he announced his arrival on the world scene. He and Nanthachai engaged in a vicious fight of the year candidate that included a sensational third round in which both men were down. Nanthachai – unbeaten in his previous 37 fights– was down three times total and Mosquera once in a memorable title fight.
Junior bantamweight
Luis Perez KO6 Luis Bolano
Retains a junior bantamweight title
Records: Perez 23-1, 15 KOs; Bolano 38-3
Rafael's remark: Perez is a little dynamo and fun to watch. It's just too bad various business issues had kept him out of the ring since December 2003. But he didn't look like he was rusty at all, knocking down Bolano– as bogus a mandatory challenger as you'll see – three times and ending matters with a sweet combination to the body.
DaVarryl Williamson TKO2 Derrick Jefferson.
Records: Williamson 22-3, 18 KOs; Jefferson 28-4
Rafael's remark: Williamson deserves credit for picking himself up and rebounding so nicely since his embarrassing first-round knockout loss to Joe Mesi in 2003. Williamson and Jefferson engaged in a thrilling toe-to-toe brawl for two rounds until Williamson's big right hands proved too much for Jefferson. Williamson deserves another chance for a TV fight because win or lose he gives fans excitement.
Larry Donald vs. Ray Austin, Draw
Scores: 115-113 Donald, 114-114 (twice)
Records: Donald 42-3-3; Austin 22-3-3
Rafael's remark: For those of us who sat through this dreck, it's sad to know we'll never get that hour back. Pure agony. Enough said.
Evans Ashira W10 Quinton Smith
Scores: 99-91, 98-92 (twice)
Records: Ashira 24-1; Smith 21-1
Rafael's remark: Ashira was supposed to be Smith's measuring stick as to whether he could move into world class. After being thoroughly dominated, Smith learned the answer is that he probably can't. Good win for Ashira, who hadn't fought since being stopped by Maselino Masoe in the second round 11 months ago.
Elio Rojas W6 Anthony Martinez
Scores: 60-54, 60-53, 60-52
Records: Rojas 12-0; Martinez 19-18-3
Rafael's remark: For the boxing junkies who show up at 5 p.m. to watch Don King's marathon cards from the opening bell, Rojas is one of the reasons. The New York-based Dominican fighter has all the looks of a future champion. Dominating an experienced pro like Martinez is another step on the road to the top.

Saturday at San Juan
Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon TKO8 Noel Tuñacao
Retained strawweight title
Records: Calderon 22-0, 5 KOs; Tuñacao 38-8-2
Rafael's remark: Calderon, known for his boxing skills rather than for his power, scored a rare knockout as he retained his 105-pound title. With the win, he's headed for an undercard slot on the Arturo Gatti-Floyd Mayweather undercard on June 25.
Junior flyweight
Hugo Cazares Tech. Dec. 10 Nelson Dieppa
Wins a junior flyweight title
Scores: 98-92, 96-94 (twice)
Records:Cazares 20-3-1; Dieppa 22-2-2
Rafael's remark: Due to accidental head butts, the fight was stopped in the 10th round because of cuts on Dieppa's forehead and right eyebrow. With Dieppa's losing, a talked-about match with 105-pound champ Ivan Calderon in an all-Puerto Rican affair is probably history.

Friday at Las Vegas
Samuel Peter TKO3 Gilbert Martinez
Records: Peter 23-0, 20 KOs; Martinez 18-9-3
Rafael's remark: Fastest-rising heavyweight contender destroyed the stepping stone Martinez in emphatic fashion in the "Friday Night Fights" main event. Next step for Peter, just a baby in the division at 24, probably will be a higher profile fight on HBO or Showtime this summer. He could be a future heavyweight champ.
Junior welterweight
Oscar Diaz W10 Jesse Feliciano
Scores: 97-93 (twice), 96-93.
Records: Diaz 20-1; Feliciano 12-4-2
Rafael's remark: In a terrific scrap, Diaz and Feliciano both showed big hearts in a high-contact fight. Diaz might never become the champion he looked like he might become early in his career, but he's as entertaining as anyone. Feliciano always gives a big effort and showed he also deserves some more TV time. We'd love to see Feliciano get a shot with Demetrius Hopkins.
Javier Diaz TKO3 Josh Cobb
Records: Diaz 1-1; Cobb 1-1
Rafael's remark: Diaz exposed the 6-foot-5, 260-pound 19-year-old son of former heavyweight title challenger Randall "Tex" Cobb as a total fraud.

Friday at Panama City
Junior flyweight
Roberto Vasquez KO10 Beibis Mendoza
Wins a vacant junior flyweight title
Records: Vasquez 19-1, 16 KOs; Mendoza 30-4
Rafael's remark: In probably Telemundo's best fight in years, the 21-year-old Vazquez, nicknamed "The Spider," gave Panama the first of its two world titles this weekend, a night before Vicente Mosquera defeated Yodsanan Nanthachai for a junior lightweight belt. Vasquez, who hasn't lost since his pro debut, scored two knockdowns in the 10th round to win the belt Rosendo Alvarez vacated on the scales last fall before moving up in weight.

Friday at Laredo, Tex.
Junior featherweight
Daniel Ponce De Leon KO2 Ricardo Barajas
Records: Ponce De Leon 25-1, 24 KOs; Barajas 24-5
Rafael's remark: Heavy puncher Ponce De Leon rebounded from his first defeat to drill Barajas with a left hook.
Junior lightweight
Vicente Escobedo TKO4 Geronimo Hernandez
Records: Escobedo 3-0, 3 KOs; Hernandez 13-13-1
Rafael's remark: The 2004 Olympian got in some much-needed rounds before making Hernandez quit on his stool.
Junior featherweight
Abner Mares W6 David Vasquez
Scores: 60-53 (twice), 59-54
Records: Mares 3-0; Vasquez 1-1-1
Rafael's remark: Mares dropped Vasquez with a left hook in the first round and cruised to a decision in his first fight since an April 9 bout was canceled when his opponent tested positive for HIV.

Friday at Marseilles, France
Junior featherweight
Mahyar Monshipour KO6 Shigeru Nakazato
Retains a junior featherweight title
Records: Monshipour 27-2-2, 18 KOs; Nakazato 24-8-1
Rafael's remark: Monshipour, an Iranian-born, France-based puncher, dropped the Japanese challenger with a right hand to chin, forcing the referee to stop the fight. It was the eighth consecutive knockout for Monshipour, who we'd love to see in a unification fight with fellow belt holder Oscar Larios (who went the distance with Nakazato in a 2004 defense), Joan Guzman or Israel Vasquez. They'd all be action-packed fights.

Friday at Petchburi Province, Thailand
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam TKO3 Daniel Diolan
Records: Wonjongkam 56-2, 31 KOs; Diolan 15-12-1
Rafael's remark: Champion Wonjongkam scored an easy knockout in a non-title bout to get ready for a probable July title defense against mandatory challenger Jorge Arce, the former junior flyweight champ. That fight should be an excellent action fight and will take place on the undercard of the Lucia Rijker-Christy Martin showdown.

Friday at Cleveland
Ricardo Williams TKO3 Ian Smith
Records: Williams 10-2, 6 KOs; Smith 13-10
Rafael's remark: Fighting for the first time in a year, Williams dominated a journeyman. Williams, a silver medalist in the 2000 Olympics and one of the biggest busts in boxing history, is awaiting sentencing on drug trafficking charges, so this could be his last fight for awhile.