James Toney on the scales for the Evander Holyfield fight.. I was completely convinced that Holyfield would have no trouble beating James in 2003. At the time he had never beaten a heavyweight before let alone a future Hall of famer.. In his previous fight he struggled in spells to beat Vassily jirov at Cruiserweight. I was staggered to witness James slick his way past Evander to a 9th round retirement win..