With constant ridicule from the media leading up to the fight, Bobby Gunn stepped into the ring against Tomasz Adamek last Saturday not only for an insurmountable opportunity but also to show his harshest critics that his 2007 bout with Enzo Maccarinelli was an inaccurate way to asses him as a fighter.
Coming into the bout both mentally and physically prepared, Gunn, 21-4-1 (18 KO’s), gave his all against the cement fisted Pole in front of a vocally injected sellout crowd at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
To Gunn’s surprise, his night was cut short by the ringside physician following the fourth round. While Gunn admittedly ate a ton of leather in what ultimately was the final round, he had no intentions of quitting.
Even with a disappointing end to his challenge for the IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight titles, Gunn has no animosity towards the doctor who stopped the fight.
“I wanted to continue fighting”, said the former IBA champion. “I wasn’t going to stop until one of us was knocked out. The ringside doctor chose to end the fight and while I disagree with his decision, I have to respect it and move on.”
In addition to Gunn’s warrior mentally inspiring him to continue even after absorbing many hard punches, referee Earl Brown told the media that he was willing to let the bout go on.
Even with the loss, Gunn was praised by many for his effort and solid chin, as the same man who decked world champions Steve Cunningham, Chad Dawson and O’Neil Bell couldn’t send “The Celtic Warrior” to the canvas.
After a short rest, Gunn plans to return to the gym and continue what he refers to as “final chapter” of a career that many find fascinating due to an 11 year layoff, which saw the one time Welterweight compete for two world Cruiserweight titles.
Even without a victory over Adamek, promoter Dave Feldman is confident that Gunn’s gutsy performance will lead to another meaningful bout, possibly abroad.
“We are looking to get right back on track with a win and move from there” said the Philadelphia based Feldman who also retired with a 13-1 record as a prizefighter. “There are three other Cruiserweight champions overseas to go after; I just don’t know which sea we are going over yet.”
Gunn’s future plans will be announced shortly. Fans can contact Bobby at Myspace.com/TeamGunn.