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Johnson-Gunn tomorrow night

Tomorrow night live from the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, former IBA cruiserweight champion of the world and Bare Knuckle Boxing legend Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” will throw hands with ring veteran and former light heavyweight champion Glenn “The Road Warrior” Johnson.

In what has the makings of a ‘Fight of the Year” candidate simply by looking at bother pugilists’ resumes, Gunn and Johnson will battle for the vacant WBU world cruiserweight title. Fight fans can watch the battle live by visiting http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Glen_Johnson_V_Bobby_Gunn/2139.

“I’ve been working training harder for this fight than any other as I know a win over Glenn and capturing the WBU belt can be a career defining moment,” said Gunn. “I’m coming into this fight in top shape and I am ready to show the world that there are still some bullets left in this gun.”

Gunn was originally scheduled to fight Roy Jones Jr., but Jones Jr. backed out only weeks before the title fight. Rather than becoming complacent and abandoning all the work he had put in preparing for the faceoff, Gunn requested Johnson, a man who viciously knocked out Jones Jr. in 2004, and the fight came to fruition.

Through Gunn’s career he has dealt with his share of controversy and adversity inside and out of the ring, but has always kept his focus on doing what he does best—fighting. Inside the ring he has battled future Hall of Famers Tomasz Adamek and James Toney and captured world titles, while outside he made history by competing—and winning—in the first sanctioned bare knuckle boxing match since 1889.

Turning 40 on Christmas Day, Gunn has expressed that this will be the final fight of what has been beyond a decorated career.

“I turned pro in 1989, and through the 24-years within the squared circle I have accomplished so many great feats, and tomorrow night I plan to go out with a bang against Glenn Johnson. I suggest that any true boxing fan watches the fight online if they are unable to come in person. I guarantee they won’t be disappointed. We are going to put on fireworks, and we will leave it all in the ring. Two warriors will enter, but I will be the one who comes out holding the world championship belt. There can be only one…Gunn.”

The doors at the event center will open at 6:30 p.m. and the action is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tune in to http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Glen_Johnson_V_Bobby_Gunn/2139 to watch what may prove to be the fight of the year.

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

December 17, 2013 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns that have been published in El Universal every Sunday for the last five years and written by WBC President Jose Sulaiman.

This column was written by his children – Pepe, Lucy, Hector, Fernando, Mauricio, and Claudia – while he recovers from surgery. From December 15, translated from Spanish:

HOOK TO THE LIVER

IT’S A WONDEFUL LIFE!

Life gives you so many extraordinary surprises!

100 days have passed since the doctors detected a heart problem in our dear father. He’s spent 90 days away from home, and has been in intensive care for 75 days.

Three months have changed our lives and given us the opportunity to experience a “Big Brother” in our family. We have suffered, cried, laughed, celebrated, and have we fought! But at the end of every day we’ve thanked God for the opportunity given to us to have our dad, Jose Sulaiman, courageously fighting against all odds, to stand up and continue his life as he’s always done.

These days we select a list of the likes and favorites of Don José. And we love to talk to him, learning more about his life, which we share with you readers of his beloved column, “Hook to the Liver.”

The first toy brought by Santa Claus: A red lead horse.

Cherished memories of his childhood: Going to swim in the river when he lived in Jaumave, Tamaulipas, whose banks were lined with many trees full of birds.

Wonderful memories of his youth: Bohemian serenade nights in Victoria, Tamaulipas, and the time his friend, Raul Cruz, was surprised by getting soaked by his girlfriend.

Recalling his student days: His reaction when he saw his school, Holding Institute in Laredo, Texas, with its huge dormitory to accommodate so many colleagues – it surprised him a lot after being a child of relative solitude in small towns of his beloved Mexico

Everlasting memories of his beloved mother, Wasila, and her overjoyed reaction when he once returned to Ciudad Valles and surprised her, to spend a few days off from school in Laredo. His mom was playing with his sister Nelly and when she saw Pepito, she started crying with joy, running up to hug him and kiss him nonstop, with matchless love.

The first movie he saw: Tarzan, the Ape Man, with Johnny Weissmuller. His favorite movie: Gone with the Wind.

His favorite singer: Frank Sinatra in English, and Marco Antonio Muñiz in Spanish.

His favorite fight: Alí vs. Frazier I, at Madison Square Garden.

Favorite Sport: baseball….obviously after his beloved boxing!

Baseball idols: Mexican pitcher Daniel Ríos; MLB pitcher Bob Feller; Mexican hitters Beto Ávila and Héctor Espino; MLB hitter Babe Ruth.

Favorite meal: Crumbles with egg, a Mexican dish made by his beloved wife Martha. Favorite ice cream: Strawberry.

His idols: Jesus Christ, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Stan Musial, Raul “Ratón” Macías, and Pope John Paul II.

His passions: Bussines administration, photography, baseball… and of course BOXING.

Thank you, and until next week…


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