When pugs of old and new lace the gloves day after day and go to work inside the gym, they do it with one goal in mind, to one day stand within the ropes of the squared circle and raise above their heads a title belt. Few do it; even fewer within their first few fights.
This past Saturday night from Washington D.C., Bobby Gunn Jr. put on a boxing clinic for six rounds against Sean Lockhart en route to winning the vacant WBU Youth Welterweight Title at only 18 years old.
About the win, and capturing the title, Gunn Jr. commented, “It was a great win. I’m glad I went the distance for the first time and against an experienced veteran I showed people I can box good. Winning the title was a good feeling but I’m a young hungry fighter and I want more and God willing this will be for first of many to come.”
Prior to this bout Gunn Jr. never made it out of the first round as he had stopped his previous four opponents in devastating fashion. Gunn Jr. had Lockhart down in the fourth round, and it appeared he could have finished him off, but under the advice and tutelage of his dad and trainer 7 time champion Bobby Gunn, Jr. continued to box to get the rounds and ring time under his belt, exuding both patience and discipline typically only shown by experienced pugilists.
“It’s not just having my dad in my corner, but also in my life,” Bobby Gunn Jr. added. “I couldn’t ask for a better dad or trainer. He’s the best.”
At the ripe age of 18, Bobby Gunn Jr. has the talent, the team and all the resources it takes to make it to the top…most importantly, he has the humility, the discipline and drive, the components that can’t be taught within the walls of a gym.
His father and world champion Bobby Gunn has not only bestowed upon him what it takes to be a titlist inside the ring, but what it takes to be a man outside of it.
After winning the belt Saturday night, Gunn Jr. humbly thanked God and his team, and quietly celebrated the win with his family, and then went back to work.
Gunn Jr. has been around the boxing scene since the young age of 3, and has worked with countless world champions from around the world. Now it is his turn to be in the spotlight, and he is making the most of it, one step at a time, one punch at a time.
“I’m really excited about my career,” says Gunn Jr. “I always knew it would start off like this but it’s not how you start it’s how you finish. Me and my dad have big goals and by the grace of God we will do it.”