Is Mayweather vs McGregor Another Barnum & Bailey Show?
By: Ken Hissner
Roy Jones, Jr., 64-9 (46) had a contest and in March of 2016 the winner of the contest would fight Roy. Vyron “The Cannon” Phillips was the winner. The only boxing background he had was 6 amateur bouts. He made his debut in boxing as a professional with Jones on March 20th of last year losing by TKO in the second round at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. He is 34 and came in at 194 ½ while Roy came in at 201 ¾
One has to wonder how the AZ commission ever approved of such a bout. In Thailand it happens all the time but in the US? McGregor had some boxing matches in his youth. Mayweather won’t beat him at MMA and McGregor certainly isn’t beating him in boxing.
Speaking of Jones on February 17th in Wilmington, DE, he is taking on Bare Knuckle Champion and former boxer Bobby Gunn, 21-6-1 (18). If Gunn came out with no gloves on Jones would leave the ring. They were supposed to fight around 3 years ago and it fell through and Gunn took on former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson and lost all 8 rounds in a decision in December of 2013. So it’s been 3 years since he fought in a professional boxing event.
Gunn is 71-0 with all knockouts in bare knuckles. Jones is 48 and Gunn 43. This writer has seen Gunn in Bare Knuckle bouts on www.youtube.com and he is no one to mess with in that sport. He is also one of the nicest people who would want to meet. Jones on the other hand is cocky but once a great champion.
After Jones lost 3 straight fights back in 2009, 2010 and 2011 he ran through 8 opponents before getting knocked out by Enzo Maccarinelli in 2012. He came back with the “Phillips fight” and in August won a 10 round decision over Rodney Moore. They were his only two bouts in 2016. Gunn on the other hand lost his last 3 bouts.
Let’s hope this bout with Mayweather and McGregor isn’t considered a professional boxing match so he can go to 50-0!