On The Beak – Admin
The scene last night, Thursday, December 1, for Bobby Gunn’s first title defense of his bareknuckle boxing championship was something out of a grimy, underground movie: a large open room in a warehouse; no glamorous arena, no ring, no concession stands… last night wasn’t about entertainment, it was about one thing – fighting.
When Ernest Jackson made his walk through the crowd as he prepared himself to go to war, he was overwhelmed by a sea of Bobby Gunn’s supporters; 130 or so in total, however, the cheers and praise for Gunn did not affect Jackson as he waited for the fight to begin. Leading up to the contest, you wouldn’t think Bobby Gunn was about to throw hands with a skilled, undefeated fighter. He appeared calm and collected as if he was simply going to work.
The fight lasted just over 8 minutes, with Bobby Gunn being the victor by way of knockout. With this win, he showed the fight world two things: that he is the undisputed world heavyweight bareknuckle boxing champion and what true bareknuckle boxing is all about.
When the video of the fight is released in a few days, fight fans will be able to experience a true bareknuckle match. The haters and critics who call the sport nothing more than a barbaric street fight between two bums will quickly be silenced as they see two professionals at their trade strategically exchanging hands.
Bareknuckle boxing combines the skill and technique of boxing with the excitement of MMA into a thought-out war which is reminiscent of a chess match.
The fight last night wasn’t about one man wanting to hurt another and beat him unconscious – both warriors showed tremendous skill and professionalism before and after the fight – it was about which man was going to be the better fighter. It showed the true form of boxing; picking and choosing shots and waiting patiently for openings. And, upon completion of the fight, both men walked away unharmed… a few bruises at worst.
Gunn’s title defense last night was more than him continuing to solidify himself as one of the greatest bareknuckle fighters of all time; it also spread awareness of the trueness of the sport of bareknuckle boxing and the potential it has to become as mainstream as gloved boxing and MMA.
Bobby Gunn displayed the class and delivered the performance of a champion: “It was a tough fight,” said Gunn. “I give all the credit in the world to Ernest Jackson. He is a true warrior and a tough, tough fighter, and I thank him again for stepping up to fight. It means the world to me that everybody came out to support me. I have the best team, family and fans in the world.”
The full fight video will be released within the next few days… On The Beak will profile, provide a full report as well as highlight the fight.
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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.