Roy Jones Jr. – Legends Never Die

By Xavier Porter,

December 7, 2016

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Legends never die. Legends give us hope, inspiration, and motivation to strive for the best within ourselves. They remind us of how great we can be as people. When I think about Roy Jones Jr. that’s what I see, that’s how I feel. Let’s be honest in saying that if there were a Michael Jordan of boxing it would be and remains Roy Jones Jr. He dominated the sport of boxing, transcending it to the highest level within his career, winning numerous titles, and defeating opponents in a fashion never seen before in boxing. His highlight reels of fights are watched daily by millions of fans across the world.

The 10x world title holder, former middleweight, super middleweight, undisputed light heavyweight, and heavyweight champion of the world is not the same fighter that he once was. However, he is still the man he will always be and that’s a fighter. He continues to fight the fight, inside and outside the ring. Jones embodies the stature of a man who keeps his word, no matter how many people are beckoning for him to stop fighting.

Jones (64-9, 46 KOs) is yet again ready to defy the critics and do what he’s “blessed to do” as he will take on former bare-knuckle fighter Bobby Gunn (21-6, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBF cruiserweight championship title on February 17, at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware. The fight is scheduled for 12-rounds and will be aired live on PPV. Jones Jr. will be turning 48 in January.

Both fighters, along with promoters Marshall Kauffman of Kings Promotions, David Feldman of David Feldman Promotions, and World Boxing Foundation’s North American Vice President James Gibbs Jr. expect this fight to bring boxing back to the city of Wilmington, Delaware, a city that’s rich with fighters that have fought for championships belts within the history of boxing.

Roy Jones Jr. (from Pensacola, FL)

“February 17 is great day for me and I thank God that the fight is taking place. There’s wonderful boxing background here in Wilmington, Delaware. I am a person who has to answer a millions as to why I am still fighting. I don’t fight for myself; I fight because this is what God has blessed me to do. I don’t care what the outcome is, when I step in the ring its kill or die; I don’t care how it goes I’m just happy to be there. So I can kill or I can die! I don’t care how it goes I’m just happy to be there. People misunderstand that part about me.”

“With that being said I always do things that I want to do and not what people expect or want me to do. No one expected a silver medalist, should’ve been gold at 156lbs, one day fight for the heavyweight championship of the world but I did that because of the grace of God, not because of me. No one expected that I would come to Wilmington, Delaware to fight anyone but I promised him (Gunn) a long time ago that if we could make the fight we will fight. I promised him that and I am, a man of my word. If you don’t keep your word then you don’t have anything. If you say that you’re going to do something, I don’t care how it gets done; you should do everything that you said you will do.”

“I told him that if everything worked out properly and people did what they needed to do we would make the fight happen. Yes, I have a thousand people telling me that I shouldn’t be fighting and that I should quit. I look at it like this: a young man by the name of Ed Brown, 25 years old, just got killed the other day. There are so many bad things that can happen, happen to anybody. So if I pack it in and hang out at the club, something like that can happen to me. I can’t let that happen but because I made a promise to this man. If I have a choice to hang out, go to the club, and get some drinks or go train and get prepared to fight a killer, which choice do you think I’ll make.”

“My choice is simple. I’m pumped up and ready to get back into shape. I want to shock the world. Come February 17, I’m trying to shock the world again. I don’t care what the critics say; they’re going to talk about me. They didn’t give me life, God did.”

Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

“I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus for my blessings in my life. I want to thank my team. I love you all. My life is a crazy life story. I grew up hard, quick and mean; no one has ever given me anything in life. No one handed me anything. I fought hard to get what I needed. I’m a fighting dog, I’m a pit-bull dog and I’m coming February 17.”

“Roy Jones motivates me. I’m fighting an all-time great. He’s not in the top ten as the best fighter; he’s probably in the top five as best fighter ever. I come to fight and I’m going to give my best. Everyone on 17th, support this date, support this fight. To the critics show up to this fight, you won’t forget it. As sure as the sun sets and rises tomorrow my name is Bobby Gunn and I promise you after the fight Roy Jones will never forget my name.”

James Gibbs Jr. – World Boxing Foundation’s North American Vice President

“Roy Jones Jr., pound-4-pound king, undisputed, won more titles than almost any fighter in boxing. Any where he goes he puts on a show, just don’t do it here.”

“Bobby Gunn, one of the baddest men on the planet. These two are going to clash for the WBF cruiserweight championship in the world at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware”

“I’m just blessed to be here with two great promoters: David Feldman and Marshall Kaufman. I’ve watched both men start from the bottom.”

David Feldman (David Feldman Promotions)

“This is being billed as “Skill vs Will.” As we know Roy Jones Jr. is one of the most skillful boxers to ever fight in the ring. Bobby Gunn is one of the most willful fighters in the world that will fight anyone on concrete.”

Marshall Kauffman – King’s Boxing

“This is a beautiful venue to have a fight. You can’t ask for a better place to have a fight of this magnitude.”

“I didn’t know much about Bobby Gunn myself until I saw him fight Glen Johnson two years ago. He impressed me. He comes to fight. For Roy Jones, who has all the accolades, the big amateur background, won many championship fights, this isn’t going to be a walk in the park for him. This fight will not end in one or two rounds. This man is coming to rumble.”

“For the Chase Center, for Wilmington, Delaware, this fight is going to open up doors for the city and the state.”

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Bobby Gunn, for the WBF World Cruiserweight Championship, on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will be aired live on PPV.

Tickets will range from $75 – $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378. Local businesses in the state in of Delaware and surrounding areas sponsor packages are available take advantage of this Marketing opportunity as World Championship Boxing comes to the Wilmington Del Riverfront Chase Center call for more details 302-897-7140

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