|Bobby Gunn: "I am a real fighter!"
Interview by Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Feb 24, 2009)
One time world title challenger and current WBC USNBC cruiserweight titlist Bobby Gunn 20-3-1 (17) is set to return to the ring February 25th at the Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ as he takes on Kansas native Brad Gregory 11-2 (9) in defense of his strap as well as going for the vacant WBA NABA cruiserweight title.
Known as the "Celtic Warrior", the old schooled scholar of the "sweet science" made his debut the spring of 1989, and after an eleven year hiatus from the ring due to managerial as well as promotional issues, Gunn climbed back in the ring December of 2004. Since his return Bobby has banged out decent success and a title shot, and now looks to get another crack at a world title bid.
In this exclusive interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, Gunn gets into his career as well as his upcoming bout, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: What is going down in the world according to Bobby Gunn?
Bobby Gunn: Right now everything is going real good, I have a fight coming up here, I am fighting a fellow by the name of Brad Gregory, I am defending my title, plus Benny I am fighting for a title, so it means a lot to me because it puts me in a good position to get a crack at a world title shot. I am looking forward to it, Brad is a real big strong guy, he is coming straight forward so I will not have to go looking for him Benny he will be right in front of me.
BH: Like you said you will be stepping back in the ring February 25th against my old stable mate Brad Gregory in search of the vacant WBA NABA Cruiserweight title, give the readers your thoughts on this match-up. And the importance of it.
BG: It means the world to me, I am not looking past Brad, I watched him fight Bruce Seldon, in the ring anybody has a shot and that is the bottom line. I am looking forward to fight, and if the Lord's favor is on me I will move on to a nice big fight down the road.
BH: I know you have a unique story of growing up hard fighting at the age of fifteen in unsanctioned bouts, and had an eleven year lay off, excuse me for being naive but why the long lay off?
BG: I had some promotional as well as managerial problems, I wasn't really off, I traveled all around the country fighting on the unsanctioned circuit, I have been busy and in the gym. I am looking forward to this year.
BH: What has been the hardest aspect of being a fighter?
BG: Not fighting anybody, you have to be careful who you have around you, you can get a bad team who promise you a lot of things.
BH: What do you feel are your greatest qualities as a fighter?
BG: My experience, I have been around many years and I am so relaxed. I do not underestimate anybody. I respect any fighter. I take every fight serious. I come to win.
BH: Being brutally honest with yourself and the fans, in sizing up the cruiserweight division, where does Bobby Gunn factor into the mix?
BG: I was deprived of my world title shot over in Whales against Enzo Maccarinelli, who I like to call Macaroni, because it was a quick stoppage and I was not happy with it at all. Who stops a world title fight with a cut on your nose with sixteen seconds left in the first round. I never appreciated a win until I really experienced a set back loss like that. I am a fighter, and I think my best asset has to be my power.
BH: Both times that Brad Gregory has stepped up in competition he was pretty much taken out with ease, is it important to you to get him out early as the other two credible opponents did, or does that matter to you?
BG: It does not matter to me, he is coming down from heavyweight and I am a lot smaller than those guys, again it is a Cinderella story for him, he is fighting for my title. I am going to war the twenty-fifth. I respect this man, bottom line, when that bell rings, I am the guy facing Brad Gregory.
BH: What can the fight fans expect from you come fight night?
BG: You are going to see a very determined fighter coming to do the best that I can do, I am going to put on a good show for the fans.
BH: Is there anything you would like to add to or say in closing of this interview?
BG: It is sad to say that I have had a lot of bad people around my team, but I have a real good team around me now. You are going to read good and bad about me, but before you pass judgment, get to know me. Know that I am a real fighter, I am an old schooled guy and I come to fight. I am not a pre Madonna, I come to give my all.
The event will talk place on February 25th at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst, NJ.
Tickets are reasonably priced at $40 Reserved, and $60 for "On The Glass" seats. $75 Floor Seats and VIP Tables (which includes a pre-fight "Meet & Greet") are also available for purchase.
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