- A former world champion boxer regrets not punching US president Donald Trump when he had the chance in the 1990s.
- American fighter James Toney fought three times at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and had a run-in with Trump when the president called him “Whatshisname.”
- Toney also says Trump is a “racist” because of the way activist and former NFL star Colin Kaepernick has been treated.
A former world champion boxer says he regrets not punching US president Donald Trump when he had the chance.
A decorated prizefighter, American boxer James Toney has notable victories over devastating puncher Michael Nunn, heavy hitter Mike McCallum, and former Olympic gold medalist Vassiliy Jirov.
But before Toney became a remowned fighter around the world, he was once on a show promoted by Donald Trump.
Speaking to Donald McRae in The Guardian, Toney recalled an incident when he was competing on the same event as headlining boxer Roy Jones Jr.
Toney took on Doug DeWitt, but before their super middleweight fight in 1992 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, Trump called Toney “Whatsisname.” The 49-year-old regrets not punching “him in the face.”
He said: “Remember when he was a promoter and he had me and Roy [Jones] on the same bill in Atlantic City. I should’ve punched him in the face but my mom… stopped me.”
“Trump pointed to me and was saying: ‘Call Whatsisname over here.’ I’m thinking: ‘Whatsisname? I’m your headline attraction and you can’t say my name?’ I said to Trump: ‘I’m going to bust your head open, mother f*****.'”
Toney says he was “pulled away,” but regrets not “knocking his head off and saving the world lots of trouble.”
He also said that the treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick shows that Trump is “a racist.”
Kaepernick protested police brutality against black Americans by bending a knee rather than standing for the pre-game US national anthem.
Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract in March 2017. He is currently a free agent and has not been signed by any NFL side.
Trump has been a vocal opponent of the take-a-knee movement and posted a series of tweets in September.
The Atlantic said Trump’s war of words focused on “black athletes” like Kaepernick. The New Yorker also wrote an article about the “racial demagoguery of Trump’s assault on Kaepernick.”
Toney said: “[Trump is] the president but he’s a racist. That’s why Colin Kaepernick hasn’t got a job. Pure racism from Trump down.”