Matchmaker Don Elbaum announced Wednesday that shopworn legend Roy Jones Jr. will scrap “The Celtic Warrior” Bobby Gunn on December 4 at the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia.
Jones (56-8, 40 KOs) most recently exited the ring in June 2012 as a split decision victor against Paweł Głażewski.
“I love being in the City of Brotherly Love,” said Jones, 44.
“When he (Gunn) said he wanted to fight Roy Jones jr. and that it was going to be his last fight, that’s big to me. And I know that him being a Gypsy, being a bare-knuckle champion, this guy has a heart like no other. These are the type of fighters that make legendary nights. They are dangerous the whole night long. I know this guy is game. And that means, from round one to round twelve, he’s going to think he can win, and be trying to land that one punch to get you out.”
Conversely, Gunn (21-5-1, 18 KOs) hasn’t fought since failing to answer the bell for the sixth round versus James Toney in April 2012.
Gunn, who has competed in more than 60 bare-knuckle bouts, is recognized as a badass bruiser with cement fists.
“I appreciate everybody coming out today,” said Gunn, 40, a Canadian who also surrendered to Tomasz Adamek in July 2009.
“My life’s been quite a journey. I asked God to give me one last shot. Every dog has his day. Fighting this man, Roy Jones Jr., he’s like the Michael Jordan of boxing. This man’s done things that nobody can do. But fighting him and training for him has been like a light switch in my life. It took me to another level. I’ve trained hard for this fight, and this will be my last fight. I’m coming to fight, and I’m coming to lay my heart out.
Junior has collected crowns in four weight classes and was named the 1990s “Fighter of the Decade.”
Jones’ peak moment as a pro likely occurred in March 2003 when he became the first middleweight champion to capture a heavyweight belt in more than 100 years by outscoring John Ruiz.
Unfortunately, Jones has recently suffered brutal knockouts and is a substandard 7-7 over his past 14 paydays.
In the opposite corner, competing in more than 60 bare-knuckle bouts, Gunn is a badass bruiser with cement fists.
Considered one of the premier pound-for-pound prizefighters ever, Jones is now a graying liability who should be prevented from boxing.
Although the six-time world titlist would have badly outclassed Gunn in his prime, it’s impossible to presently have any confidence in Jones.
Hence, Roy Jones Jr. will be in “(danger) the whole night long” versus Bobby Gunn.