by David P. Greisman
A spokesman for Bobby Gunn says that a planned bout with Roy Jones Jr. is still going to happen this December, contrary to a report posted on another website.
An unsourced article on Fightnews said that Jones would not be fighting Gunn, but would instead travel to Moscow for a Dec. 21 fight against an as-yet-unnamed opponent.
Gunn spokesman Matt Yanofsky provided this statement to BoxingScene.com on Wednesday night:
“I just got off the phone with Bobby and he was upset with the report of Roy fighting in Russia, as was Roy's attorney John Wirt, according to Bobby. The new date of December 18th is correct and the fight is still on.”
Jones-Gunn was originally announced as taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory in north Philadelphia.
Soon afterward, the date and location were changed to Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pa.
The casino’s website has updated its listing and now shows Jones-Gunn as scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Jones, who turns 45 in January, hasn’t fought since June 2012, when he won a split decision over Pawel Glazewski in Poland. Prior to that, he won a unanimous decision over Max Alexander in November 2011, was knocked out by Denis Lebedev (in Moscow) in May 2011, lost a rematch with Bernard Hopkins in April 2010, and was knocked out by Danny Green in December 2009.
Gunn is turning 40 this December and hasn’t fought since losing to James Toney in April 2012. He’s 21-5-1 with 18 knockouts and 1 no contest.
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