Inside Bobby Gunn and Shannon Ritch’s $100,000 Bare-Knuckle Fight

Inside Bobby Gunn and Shannon Ritch’s $100,000 Bare-Knuckle Fight

Wednesday, Feb 26 2020 by Rolling Stone

The undefeated champion of the underground puts his title on the line against Ritch next month – and the stakes just got higher

Bare-knuckle boxing world champion Bobby Gunn did not expect the $100,000 bet.

On June 11, he will defend his title against Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch – a journeyman legend in MMA – at the Miccosukee Reservation in Miami. The fight is only the second sanctioned bare-knuckle event in the United States since 1889, and Gunn has been working for years to raise the sport from the illegal underground to mainstream legitimacy. But after world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury recently stated he would pay £100,000 to anyone in the U.K. who could beat Gunn, Ritch decided to make his own public wager, betting $100,000 in a winner-take-all, man-to-man side bet against Gunn (the money will be in addition to the title belt and purse already on the line.)