Recap by Resolution Sports.
Albeit a much slower version, flashes of vintage Roy Jones, Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) thrilled a sold out crowd at The Chase Center in Wilmington, Del., on Friday night. The former pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet completely outclassed Bobby Gunn (21-7, 18 KOs) over eight rounds until the bare knuckle brawler opted not to answer the bell for the eighth frame.
With the win, Jones left with some hardware, claiming the vacant World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Cruiserweight Title.
“Bobby Gunn is one really, really tough competitor,” Jones said after the fight. “Bobby Gunn is the only true bare knuckle champion that I know. With that being said, he was a heckuva guy. There were times that I may have been able to turn it up and take him out a little earlier, but I respect who he is, and I wanted to give the crowd a show. They wouldn’t have gotten to see them fast combinations if I had rushed to take him out, so I wanted to give the crowd what they came for. Thank y’all for coming.”
In the opening round, Jones started popping the jab as he began breaking down Gunn, who was never truly able to find any rhythm in the fight. Showing up in great shape, the 48-year-old Jones proved that he still had some of the same slickness that elevated him to the top of the game at one time. His body movement confused Gunn, who was unable to offer Jones much in terms of his own offense. By the second frame, Jones was clearly having a good time in there and showing off a huge smile.
As the third round arrived, Jones continued to turn back the clock even further, moving around the ring very well while working off the bend and slipping in punches. Gunn remained in a countering position as he tried to solve the riddle in front of him, but the former multi-division world champion started coming from different angles and effectively picking him apart. Among the barrage he was dispending included some old school no-look lead left hands and hooks coming from underneath when he dropped his hand below his knees.
By the fifth frame, Jones was throwing solid 1-2 combinations, with the straight right hand repeatedly snapping back the neck of Gunn. Needless to say, Jones was in complete control. Gunn created what would seemingly become his best offensive effort late in the sixth frame when he tried to bully Jones into the corner, only to see the crafty veteran retaliate by ripping off shots to the body and smothering any output that Gunn attempted.
It was more of the same in the seventh round, as Jones continued to confuse Gunn with his slick body movement, mounting his own significant attack that eventually bloodied the nose of Gunn by the end of the frame.
With the writing on the wall after seven rounds, Gunn got off his stool at the start of the eighth frame and told the referee that he did not want to continue. The official TKO stoppage came seven seconds into the eighth round, awarding Jones with the WBF Cruiserweight Belt for his dominant performance.
After the bout, classic Roy Jones, Jr. entertained the packed Chase Center with his post-fight commentary, all but confirming he will return to the ring again in the very near future. When questioned about a recent call-out by Imamau Mayfield, Jones said he would be more than willing to accept the challenge from the former cruiserweight world champion.
“My name is Roy ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ Jones, Jr.,” he responded.