World bare-knuckle champion Bobby Gunn will fight the legendary Roy Jones Jr for the WBF cruiserweight world championship on February 17th. Gunn holds the Police Gazette-authorized world bare knuckle boxing championship belt, but is strapping on the gloves for this chance to regain a gloved championship versus an all-time great. The event takes place at Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, and will feature an undercard that includes undefeated super-welterweight title holder Kanat Islam versus Brazil’s best Robson Assis, as well as Frank De Alba facing Ivan Najera for the WBF International super featherweight title.
A number of notables are expected to be in attendance, including former heavyweight champions Larry Holmes and Tim Witherspoon who will participate in a “Night of Champions” the day before the event. Current—on hiatus—heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is also expected to be part of the activities on the night of the main event.
Roy Jones Jr was a light heavyweight world champion from 1996 to 2004 when he was considered the best pound-for-pound boxer worldwide. Bobby Gunn is a former cruiserweight title holder and the current bare-knuckle world champ with a record of 72-0 in BKB fights. The two have considered facing each other for 10 years, but something always came up that made the match fall through. This time everything came together and the fight will happen at the Chase Center courtesy of David Feldman Promotions. For tickets to the event visit First State Fights, and for live pay-per-view go to In Demand.