Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
The pugilistic schedule in December is filled with a who’s who in modern boxing: Felix Sturm, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, Brandon Rios, Amir Khan, Wladimir Klitschko, Roy Jones Jr, Andre Ward and Carl Froch, Jermain Taylor and Guillermo Rigondeaux all strut their stuff and, the bareknuckle scene is no different, as arguably the most famous fisticuff specialist – Bobby Gunn – defends his heavyweight world championship on Thursday at an unknown destination.
Gunn will raise his dukes and trade unprotected punches with Ernest Jackson in what represents the first title defence of the vacant belt (that was previously possessed by the legendary John L Sullivan in 1887) he was awarded earlier this year, in the summer.
“I thank Ernest Jackson and his team for stepping forward with a legit, formidable offer with the finances to back it up,” Gunn, who has ventured into professional boxing but lost his two most high profile fights to Enzo Maccarinelli and Tomasz Adamek, explained.
“From what I’ve heard about Ernest Jackson, he is a tough bareknuckle fighter. He has a record of 30-0, 30ko so I expect it to be a good fight.” He continued: “Sharks are born into hunting and Bobby Gunn was born into fighting. Come Thursday I will be ready to go out and do what I have to do.”
The fight will not be broadcast live, however, fight fans will be able to watch the contest “shortly thereafter” by visiting the International Bareknuckle Boxing Association.