Former IBA Cruiserweight champion and reigning world heavyweight bare knuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn has recently discussed coming back into the squared ring and fighting one last time with the gloves on.
The Celtic Warrior (21-4-1, 18 KO) last stepped in between the ropes in July of 2009, when he suffered a TKO loss to Tomasz Adamek for the IBF Cruiserweight title. Through his boxing career Gunn faced much adversity and controversy, and following the Adamek fight, he hadn’t planned on making a return to the gloved sport.
“I have seen much corruption and politics in boxing, and it has really taken away from what the sport used to be about,” said Gunn. “The only way I would make a return to the ring is for the chance to fight Roy Jones Jr. He is a true champion and a legend, and it would be a great honor and privilege to go to battle with him.”
Regarding having the opportunity to fight Roy Jones Jr., Gunn stated, “I’m far from the best in the world, but I was in the mix with the best, and I never been much of a talker. The bottom line is that I will fight, and I will go to anybody’s back yard and fight them; that has never been a problem in my career. I have been involved in a lot of controversial fights, but at the end of the day I’m a fighter, and if a fight makes sense, I’ll do it.”
BKB title defense in late February or early March, but Gunn was adamant about accepting an offer from Jones if it was presented.
“If this fight materializes, it would be a fight for fans,” said Gunn. “Jones is a warrior and I know we would fight a war. He’s a great fighter, and I don’t know if I could win a decision over him, but I can promise that Roy Jones Jr. would never forget the fight.”
At 43-years-old, Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KO) has still remained active inside the ring, fighting twice in 2011 (1-1). Through his career Jones Jr. displayed incredible skill, winning numerous world titles in four different weight classes.
If this fight ever materializes and becomes a reality and not just talks, it will be a fight that Roy will never forget. I absolutely know I would not win a decision, but I can promise the fight would not go the distance. It will be a fight that fans will not forget for a long time to come.”
Although this fight may be just a pipe dream at this point, if it does happen fight fans will be in for a treat. With all of the disappointing fights of 2011 and the ongoing drama encircling the boxing world, the sport desperately needs a fight featuring two warriors who will leave it all in the ring and throw hands for the sake of fighting, and nothing else…not a seven digit payday or endorsements, but fighting because that is what is inside of them, and ultimately to see who the better fighter is on that night.
Yes, boxing needs Gunn vs. Jones Jr. to happen, to reignite the excitement that has slowly been fading away.
Gunn finished with “Happy Birthday Roy…take me as your next fight.”