7. James Toney def. Dave Tiberi
February 8, 1992
Trump Taj Mahal; Atlantic City, New Jersey
IBF middleweight champion Toney drew the unheralded Tiberi as a tuneup in 1992. But “Lights Out” Toney suffered a tough weight cut and came into the fight dehydrated and weakened. Tiberi, on his part, took advantage of the situation and outworked Toney on his way to what was looking like an upset win.
Tiberi dominated the Compubox numbers, landing 439 out of his 905 thrown, as compared to just 290 landed out of 919 for Toney. The difference of 149 punches landed was one of the biggest in history, but Toney somehow managed to come out on top with a split decision victory.
Donald Trump, who owned the venue where the fight took place, was quoted as saying that he’s “watched a lot of bad decisions over the years, but this one was the worst.” Toney himself said that he should have lost the fight, though he only admitted so 17 years later.