The criticism and hearty guffaws accompanying Bobby Gunn’s unexpected and patently unsubstantiated elevation to world-title class earlier this year were hard on the squat, pugnacious scrapper. After all, he didn’t ask to be plucked from the tank town circuit and projected as a legitimate Cruiserweight contender by Sports Network and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO).
Once the call came he would have been foolish to reject it. Three minutes of heavy artillery from Enzo Maccarinelli, a bloodied nose, broken rhetoric and a degree of humiliation an apparently small price for a presumably career best payday. A few weeks on and Gunn returns to competition more relevant to his own abilities, despite his manager once claiming he was “the most ferocious fighter since Jack Dempsey”, I can only assume this was a reference to Harriet Makepeace’s partner in the 80’s TV cop show rather than the Manassa Mauler himself.
In truth, Gunn will probably enjoy another solid run on the American club circuit and perhaps one day, if Enzo Maccarinelli continues to improve and achieve, he can say he once fought the world champion – rather than just for the Welshman’s maligned WBO belt.
Springfield, Virginia plays host to his clash with Antoine Barrett and I for one wish him well.