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Roy Jones Jr. set to face Bobby Gunn, Feb. 17

How long will Roy Jones Jr. keep this up?

Bernard Hopkins v Roy Jones Jr. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Well, it’s official. Roy Jones Jr. will carry on his fighting career on February 17 when he takes on Bobby Gunn in a 12 round cruiserweight fight, according to ESPN. It was just a couple of months ago that Jones was seriously contemplating retirement after tearing his biceps in a homecoming fight against Rodney Moore. But those of us familiar with his prolonged career probably should’ve realized he wouldn’t go gently into that good night.

Jones will turn 48-years-old by the time this fight takes place, which will mark 28th year as a professional prizefighter. And talking about his upcoming fight with Gunn, Jones said:

"I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it," Jones said. "He's a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I'm going to show him why I'm one of the best that ever did it and he doesn't belong in the ring with me."

Gunn, a 42-year-old former bare-knuckle fighter, is simply a journeyman in professional boxing who is coming off three consecutive losses to Glen Johnson, James Toney, and Tomas Adamek. He hasn’t fought professionally in three years but is happy to finally have gotten his shot against Jones.

"It's an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones," Gunn said. "I've been chasing him for a few years now, and on Feb. 17, I will catch him."

And if this fight announcement isn’t enough good news for you fight fans out there, I’ll just put the icing on the cake by telling you that the bout is being slated for PPV. Goodness gracious!

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