Roy Jones Says Gunn a Tune-up for Anderson Silva Bout

by David P. Greisman

Roy Jones Jr. is still seeking a fight with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva — and that’s where his December bout with cruiserweight journeyman Bobby Gunn comes into play.

“I got to do a tune-up before Anderson Silva fights [Chris] Weidman again, because if Anderson Silva beats Weidman, he gonna wanna fight me. So I got to get the ring rust off. I can’t just go back in cold turkey,” Jones told reporters prior to the preliminary bouts to Mike Alvarado’s fight with Ruslan Provodnikov.

Jones 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 May 2011, lost a rematch with Bernard Hopkins in April 2010, and was knocked out by Danny Green in December 2009.

He and Silva have been talking about fighting each other for some time, though that’s never come to fruition while Silva’s been competing in the UFC. Meanwhile, Gunn has been calling out Jones for a while.

Jones will turn 45 years old in January, and says (perhaps jokingly, but perhaps not) that he wants to fight until he’s 50 years old.

“Because I can,” he said. “And I’m cute enough to.”

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 knockotus and 1 no contest.

“Gunn is tough,” said Jones. “But it’s definitely a winnable fight.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SBleeder on 10-22-2013

Is this supposed to be a boxing match or a cage fight? Either way, I wouldn't order the PPV if they paid me to do so.

Comment by jray100k on 10-22-2013

Gunn got spanked by James Toney earlier this year so what makes think that he's going to get a win over Jones. Roy is still capable of giving anyone holding a title a L. I have RJ knocking Gunn out…

Comment by NoConcoms on 10-20-2013

The only question I have is this: Just how badly does RJJ need money?

Comment by vitali1999 on 10-20-2013

You would have thought Jones learned his lesson a decade ago. Getting knocked out cold by Glen Johnson. This guy just never learns.

Comment by Light_Speed on 10-20-2013

Roy is simply delusional these days. Unless Silva decides to leave the UFC and fights Roy in some freak show type bout, it ain't gonna happen. [QUOTE=Jc8804;13856926]I cant wait for roy to get one back from mma for boxing over…

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