Last night in front of a sold out crowd at Mountaineer Casino in West Virginia, undefeated star Bobby Gunn Jr (9-0, 7 KO) stopped former world title challenger Mike Miranda (44-7, 40 KO) in round two to win the WBC FECARBOX and WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Titles.
From the onset of the first round Gunn Jr came out blazing and looked to control the ring, cutting off Miranda’s angles and forcing him outside.
He used his jab to continually back Miranda into a corner, where he picked and chose his patented body shots. Miranda did a good job for the first round of covering tightly to absorb most of the blows on his arms, but in between rounds it was apparent that eating all the young gunslingers power shots was going to take a toll.
Gunn Jr picked up round two where he left off in the first, reestablishing the jab and working the body. Miranda did his best to bang off the ropes looking to land a big right hook followed by a straight left but Gunn Jr’s guard was impenetrable.
When Gunn Jr again trapped Miranda in the corner, he fired off a flurry of body shots punctuated by a vicious left hook under the elbow of his opponent, and Miranda couldn’t reach his feet by the end of the 10 count.
At the age of 20 young Gunn showed the poise, maturity and patience of a ring veteran, and with the big win and capturing the titles soared himself through the rankings.
The win also made Gunn Jr and his dad, CPBC International Heavyweight Champion Bobby Gunn, the only active father/son title holders in the sport. The family continues to add to their legacy each time they step between the ropes.
To conclude his long training camp to ensure he is ready for his WBC FECARBOX and WBA Fedelatin Super Middleweight Title Fight this Sunday night against former world title challenger Mike Miranda, Bobby Gunn Jr made BC Boxing in Brockport, Pennsylvania his private training camp for a few days.
Located in a quiet part of Pennsylvania 2 hours from Pittsburgh, BC Boxing allowed Gunn Jr and his manager and dad Bobby Gunn the privacy of training in the country and away from all the excitement of the city.
“It was a pleasure watching the father son duo work together, and to see Jr fine tune his skills in anticipation of this big fight,” said Chris Cella, owner of BC Boxing.
“On the last day of camp, Bobby had Jr doing some body work on one of our 150 pound heavy bags, and with a precise and hard driven body hook, the Everlast bag split like a cut above the eye. It was quite the sight, one I’ve only ever witnessed live years before when Bobby Sr did it in Paterson, NJ.”
Gunn Jr has been groomed for this title fight for several years, making his way through the rankings while keeping his professional record perfect through 8 fights.
“Chris and his team at BC Boxing are always so welcoming, from Julia Krise and Dave to the others who witnessed Bobbys training. The community support is great, and all in the corner for the little amazing Shea McKinney, who we will be fighting for.”
Bobby Jr goes to war this Sunday, September 3 at the Mountaineer Casino in West Virginia.
On The Edge
Sam Evans and Owen Jobburn are equally is confident of victory as they prepare for the toughest test of their professional careers to date.
Wednesbury welterweight, 8-0, faces fellow unbeaten prospect, Owen Jobburn (4-0) at the top of BCB Promotions’ ‘On The Edge’ show at the Banks’s Stadium, home of Walsall FC, tomorrow evening.
Evans, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, has endured a gruelling camp ahead of the clash but is confident his hard work will pay off.
“This is the toughest fight of my career to date,” he admitted. “Jobburn will be coming at me; he’s coming to win. It’s a different fight to my previous eight where I have been the heavy favourite.
“I’ve trained like a beast. I’ve had a long, hard camp and I’m feeling fit and ready to go. I’ve trained like the underdog.”
Evans admits to not knowing too much about Jobburn but, with his Stoke-based opponent coming off a career-best win last time out, is expecting a war when the pair go head-to-head.
“Jobburn stopped Casey Blair last time out and although I haven’t seen much of him, I know he’s a big puncher who will look to meet me in the middle of the ring. That’s exactly what I want. I want him to come at me.
Jobburn, a former soldier, is equally as confident of victory. He believes he will be bigger and stronger than Evans when they clash in a contest where someone’s ‘0’ must go to crown a winner.
“Sam’s a young lad and a tidy fighter,” admitted Jobburn. “He’s decent but I think I’ve got the capabilities to beat him. My natural size and strength advantage will come into play.
“This is probably the first time for either of us where the other man is coming to win, it’s a shame it’s not for the Midlands but that’s probably because I’ve only had four fights.
“Whoever wins this is certainly in for bigger and better things and there’s no pressure on me as the away fighter. I can just relax and bring my best.”
Fellow Ricky Hatton trained fighter – Chris Blaney(7-0) – is also in action.
The Irishman will also be looking to get himself in the mix at super middleweight as he faces Wiltshire’s Anthony Fox in what will be his second full season as professional.
Newark super middleweight Chad Sugden (5-1) bounced back from his shock defeat to Alistair Warren last year to defeat Raimonds Sneidze in May. Sugden, a former world champion kick-boxer, takes on Hungary’s Norbert Szekeres over four rounds.
West Bromwich light heavyweight, Josh Stokes (3-0), takes on former Sugden foe Sniedze whilst Chasetown lightweight, Luke Jones (3-1-1), steps in with Gloucester veteran, Andy Harris.
Standard tickets for ‘On The Edge, priced at £35, are available by calling the boxers. £60 VIP tickets for tables of ten, with food, are available by calling the boxer or Walsall FC Box Office on 01922 651 414/416.
The weigh-in and aftershow take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall WS2 0LE (just off junction 10 of the M6). Sugden and Szekeres weigh-in at 5.30pm this evening at the casino, whilst the other four bouts will weigh-in on the day.