Roy Jones Jr. (65-9, 47 KOs) turned back the hands of time in beating Bobby Gunn (21-7-1, 18 KOs) by an exciting 8th round knockout last Friday night in front of a large crowd of cheering boxing fans at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE. The 48-year-old Jones fought like he had found the Fountain of Youth, as he landed beautiful combinations, pot shots, and showed excellent hand speed.
Jones was hitting the 43-year-old Gunn at will with his combinations, and looking like a fighter at least 15 years younger than his chronological age.
The end of the fight came at the start of round 8, as the corner for Gunn chose to stop the match. Gunn’s nose looked in bad shape from Jones’ punches, and he had been hurt in the 7th. Gunn was hit by some big shots from Jones that almost sent him sprawling. Jones could have kept firing punches once he had Gunn hurt in the 7th, but he didn’t want to.
We saw a different Jones last night from the fighter that he used to be in terms of his desire to finish off an opponent. A younger version of Jones would have likely taken Gunn out right away. The only explanation I can come to for why Jones didn’t take advantage of Gunn’s state in the 7th is that the fight was a mismatch the moment the contracts were signed. Gunn was never the type of fighter that Jones was. This was like matching a club fighter against a world champion. It wasn’t a fair fight and was never going to be fair unless Jones gave Gunn a handicap. It’s not as if Gunn is a young fighter. He’s 43, and not far from the age of the 48-year-old Jones.
You’ve got to give Gunn credit for trying at least. Gunn was out-gunned from the start of the fight, and he was just taking punishment. Gunn was trying to land his big shots against Jones, but he had no luck in landing anything significant. The blueprint was there for Gunn to follow from Jones’ recent loss to Enzo Maccarinelli.
All Gunn had to do for him to beat Jones was put a lot of pressure on him and back him against the ropes to shoot for a knockout. But Jones was too fast on his feet, and he wasn’t making the mistake of resting against the ropes like he’d done in his knockout loss to Maccarinelli in 2015.