There was Eubank and Benn preparing for one of the most relevant SMW fights in history and a big unification fight, whilst Toney is preparing for the legendary Pranther
Whilst Eubank and Benn fought some of the best SMWs that were around, look at the level Toney was fighting at when SMW champ
1993 he wins the title from iran barkley a fighter who years earlier was blown away by nigel benn in 1 round and pummelled to a loss by a shot roberto duran barkley went onto lose 11 out of 25 fights following this fight and never beat anyone who was remotely good in doing so,the guy was so desperate he was even plying his trade as a HW in the late 90's against the likes of berbick and they say this era is a joke
govonor chambers a guy with a career record of 9 wins 7 losses, all 3 fights prior to toney were ko losses!
ricky thomas: won 11 lost 14,the 4 fights he had prior to toney all losses!
glenn thomas:won 29 lost 8, lost to roy jones prior to toney and finished his career with a first round ko loss to jeff lacy.
danny garcia: won 30 lost 22, was coming off losses to chris pyatt (a steve collins victim) lamar parks etc
larry prather: won 19 lost 24,lost his last 5 fights prior to the toney fight even losing to nicky piper
tony thornton: won 37 lost 7,lost to chris eubank a year earlier.
anthony hembrick: won 31 lost 8,lost to maske prior to toney and orlin norris a year earlier.
tim littles: won 27 lost 3,maybe one of his better wins,had fought mainly bums with the exception of a close UD over frankie liles,went onto lose to frankie liles in a 2nd contest following the toney fight.
vinsom durham: won 21 lost 37 enough said.
charles williams: won 37 lost 7 drew 3,lost to maske prior to toney.
(this post was improvised from ESB great Silencer, on one of his great threads)
and finally the Jones fight and, That was Jones big SMW victory where Toney was alledgedly weight weakend, other than that Jones didnt do much at SMW.
Eubank and Benn though had some good genuine SMW victories
Benn beat Wharton, McClellan, Nardiello, Galvano and drew with Eubank
Eubank beat Watson, Rocchigiani, Wharton, Holmes and drew with Benn.
Eubank and Benn were fighting at a much higher level at SMW.
Toney hid from those guys