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Inside The Ropes With Bare-Knuckle Boxing Champion Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn


It’s been nearly two weeks since seven-time cruiserweight boxing champion Bobby Gunn defeated Rich Stewart via a third round KO in the first bare-knuckle boxing match since 1889.

With the victory Gunn claimed the vacant heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing title, last held by John L. Sullivan. Gunn sat down with us this week to talk about the fight, all of the buzz surrounding it, and what he has planned going forward.


Cella: What does it mean to you to have won the vacant heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing championship of the world?

Gunn:  It means the world to me, to be connected to an all-time great like that.  It was an extraordinary night and an extraordinary event.

Cella: Leading up to the fight, there were mixed reactions by fans and critics.  Many claimed it was too barbaric and unsafe.  What were your thoughts about that going into the fight?

Gunn:  I ask the critics to watch the fight and see for themselves.  Nobody was sent to the hospital, nobody got injured; there was nothing barbaric about it.  You see people getting injured in boxing and MMA every year.  All of the proper precautions were taken prior to the fight.   There were two referees and medical personnel ringside.  People don’t realize is that it wasn’t a street fight between two people who didn’t know what they were doing.  It was a strategic and thought-out fight between two professionals, and it showed.

Cella: Following the fight there has been a lot of buzz circulating around the fight sport world.  After the knockout do you think you won boxing and MMA fans over?

Gunn:  If fans watch the fight, they will see how clean and respectful it was.  If they look at it in that point of view, I think they will be intrigued to see more of it in the future.  Fans like to watch boxing and MMA because they want to see two warriors stand there and throw hands.  Bare-knuckle boxing is the ultimate test of one’s skill, and I know I will put on a show for fans every time out.

Cella: There has been some talk about the fight not being legal or sanctioned.  What are your thoughts on this?

Gunn: There is always going to be someone looking to bring down an organization or a fighter.  It’s the nature of the beast.  The tribal council and promoters did everything they needed to ensure this was sanctioned.  If this was such an issue prior to the fight it would’ve never happened.  People like to stir up conversations after the fact just to hear themselves speak.  At the end of the day it was a great event; families came out and had a great time, and I did what I was supposed to do—fight and win.  I just hope people want to see more of it in the future.

Cella: After this first fight, do you think bare-knuckle boxing is going to take off?

Gunn:  It all comes down to how it is received by the fans.  People are going to pass their opinion. There will always be critics, no matter what you do.  Regardless of what people say, I don’t pay much attention to that.  In the end, the fans will always overwhelm the critics.

Cella: Going forward, are boxing fans going to see you back in the square circle?

Gunn:  I am always looking for an opportunity.  The problem is that after the Tomasz Adamek fight, I never got a decent offer.  That has kept me from the square circle, but my first love has always been boxing.

Cella:  What is next for Bobby Gunn?

Gunn: I am currently working on a big fight, possibly in Ireland or Dubai.  It will be for the heavyweight bare-knuckle championship; I’ll be defending my title.  It will probably be in October, though we haven’t finalized anything yet.

Cella: Lastly champ, any shot outs?

Gunn:  I want to thank all my fans and everyone who supported me.  And my attorney George Kokkalenios and team for pushing me into this fight.  They were with me the whole way, and because of them I am really glad I did take it.

Many thanks to Bobby “The Celtic Warrior”, a true champion inside and out of the ring.  Stay tuned with everything that happens with Team Gunn by visiting


2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.



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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score



This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.


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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland



On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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