By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
In a brief final interview before final training preparations for his vacant 12 round World Boxing Foundation World cruiserweight championship bout with Roy Jones Jr., veteran Bobby Gunn put it all on the table, what he is going to do with Roy Jones Jr. when he steps in the ring with him on February 17, 2017, in the main event of a bout card at Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware.
Gunn, 21-6-1 with 18 knockouts, Hackensack, New Jersey, age 43, and Jones, the multi division world champion who is 64-9 with 46 knockouts, Pensacola, Florida, who turned 48 last month, are heading towards a soul explosion. Either it’s a 12 round technical war of stamina and attrition between two well-trained old veteran warriors, or somebody is certainly going to get knocked out. For Gunn, it’s both an honor and it’s personal for the opportunity to fight the legendary Jones, who was supposed to fight him several times in bouts which fell through for one reason or another. Now, Jones is being a gentleman and giving Gunn the opportunity. Some feel Bobby Gunn may be pushing his luck. Gunn doesn’t, and thinks he will knock old Roy out. Roy intends to knock Gunn out.
Who will win?
Robert Brizel: “Quick (final) interview Bobby. Will you knock out Roy Jones Jr. this Friday night? Will you knock Roy out? Your prediction.”
Robert Brizel: “How many rounds do you think your bout with Roy Jones Jr. will last?”
Bobby Gunn: “Now, the first time we (Roy and I) were schedule to fight 10 years ago, that fight fell apart. The second one was three years ago (we were scheduled to fight yet again). Roy pulled out a week before the fight. The third time is a charm. I am expecting a great fight! I’m expecting Roy to really come out, and show what he’s all about. I have been training for a long time, and I believe the good Lord has ‘Save The Best for Last’. At the end of our careers, we are going to go out with a bang. It is about legacy. I’m coming to pay my heart out Friday night. I will fight my heart out with everything inside me. I’m going to give Roy Jones everything I have. If everything goes good as planned, I will do the business.”
Robert Brizel: “Do you think Roy was ducking you before, or it’s just (about) money for him?”
Bobby Gunn: “Roy is all about money. He’s a businessman. If it makes money, it makes sense. It’s called prizefighting. There has to be a prize for that to happen. I have fought some of the best fighters in the world. I have fought legends. I believe Roy is the number one guy on my list, and the most prestigious all-time great. It is an honor to share the ring with him!”
Robert Brizel: “Best wishes and all the best Bobby. Best wishes with your final training preparations. I know you will put it all on the table.”