On a weekend that saw one New Yorker, Buddy McGirt, inducted into the hall of fame another New Yorker, Zab Judah, beaten into retirement and a third New Yorker, Wendy “Haitian Fire” Toussiant, place himself firmly in the 154-pound picture showing the world that he is going to be a major problem at the Jr Middleweight division for years to come and captured our Prospect of the month award. The New York City area has been a historical hotbed for elite boxing talent, and once again the area is pouring out a load of ultra-talented prospects. Toussiant is certainly near the top of that list of future world champs from the Big Apple. Those skills were all on display at the Turning Stone Casino on Hall Of Fame Weekend as the Long Islander demoed Lucious Johnson in a crowd chock filled with hall of farmers in Verona, New York.
Huntington, New York, native Wendy Toussiant has a nearly perfect skill set, to go along with the length, speed, and strength that you can’t teach. He put all of these things together in a one-sided beat down over Lucious Johnson on June 8th. From the opening bell on it was obvious Toussiant was going to be able to do whatever he wanted to with his overmatched opponent. Out jabbing him from the outside and walking him into big overhand rights at will. Including two consecutive straight rights in the fourth that nearly took Johnson’s head off. Toussiant showed off the whole plethora off skills by outworking and out landing his man in the exchanges on the inside and forcing his opponent to miss and then countering with power shots that landed on the sweet spot all fight long on his way to securing a 60-54 x3 unanimous decision victory.
Toussiant is a long, rangy, 6’0 tall, jr middleweight who is physically strong and freakishly quick. In addition to all the physical gifts, he was able to show off an off the charts ring IQ dominating a game Lucious Johnson all over the ring on the inside and outside. Toussiant was able to control his opponent with his jab and walk him right into his right hand, time and time again. “Haitian Fire” did everything perfectly except getting the stoppage. He has the power do to it, its just a matter of recognizing when he has his opponent hurt and then putting his punches together. The similarities and comparisons to Joe DeGuardia’s former Star Boxing prospect Demetrius Andrade are obvious as Toussiant could certainly be categorized as an orthodox Andrade. The only knock on Wendy has been his inactivity. He took off nearly a year before getting this fight and has fought just four times in the past three years and that is coming off of a three year lay off, from late 2014 to late 2017. We would like to see him return to the ring in the fall against a higher level opponent, a fight with fellow New Yorker Frank Galarza would be a good step up fight as would a fight with Bostonian Mark DeLuca. A De Luca fight would be tailor-made for Toussiant to show off his superior speed and skills.