Bobby Gunn is considered to be the #1 Bare Knuckle Boxing fighter in the world today. Rolling Stone went behind the scenes of his 71st fight and it was a good one.
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Bobby Gunn (born December 25, 1973) is a Canadian professional boxer and undefeated bareknuckle boxer. Gunn was born on December 25, 1973 in Ontario, Canada into an Irish traveller family from the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Gunn would make a name for himself in the Canadian amateur scene. He had a successful amateur career that spanned seven years. Gunn made his professional boxing debut on April 28, 1989 Tucson, Arizona, winning by unanimous decision over Richard Palmer. In his third pro bout, Gunn stopped future titlist Quirino Garcia in the third round. He would go on to win eight of his next ten fights, before an 11-year hiatus from professional boxing, although he did compete in more than 60 bare-knuckle bouts.
He resurfaced in 2004 and knocked out four straight foes before competing in one of the most notorious matches of the last decade. Gunn came back in 2017 in a fight against Roy Jones Jr but was stopped in the eighth round. On March 31, 2006, Gunn was knocked out in the final seconds of the second round. Gunn then put together a solid six-bout unbeaten streak, including a third round stoppage in a rematch against Gross, where he won three different titles. He once again found himself in the limelight on July 11, 2009 when he challenged Ring Magazine and International Boxing Federation champion Tomasz Adamek. Although he was a big underdog against the pound for pound rated Adamek, Gunn hung in tough and had moments of success, but his night was once again cut short. Although the referee admitted after the bout he would have let him continue, ringside physician decided Gunn had taken too many clean punches and stopped the bout following the fourth round.
Bare-knuckle boxing (also known as bare-knuckle, prizefighting, fist fight or fisticuffs) is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports. It involves two individuals fighting without boxing gloves or other padding on their hands. The difference between Street fighting and a bare-knuckle boxing match is that the latter has an accepted set of rules, such as not striking a downed opponent. The first bare-knuckle champion of England was James Figg, who claimed the title in 1719 and held it until his retirement in 1730. Before Jack Broughton, the first idea of current boxing originated from James Figg, who is viewed as the organizer of cutting edge boxing. In 1719, he set up a ‘pugilistic foundation’ and charged himself as ‘a professional in the Noble Science of Defense’ to instruct boxers on the utilization of clench hands, sword, and quarterstaff. Noted champions were Jack Broughton, Daniel Mendoza, Jem Belcher, Hen Pearce, John Gully, Tom Cribb, Tom Spring, Jem Ward, James Burke, William “Bendigo” Thompson, Ben Caunt, Tom Sayers and Jem Mace.