BELFAST, NEW YORK – The Boxing World and the
Police Gazette has positioned Scott R. Burt, President of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in Belfast, New York, as the
only man who can legitimately recognize Police Gazette Bare Knuckle Boxing WORLD and AMERICAN Champions, the oldest, most
historic bare knuckle honor in America. On the steps of his iconic Hall of Fame where the Great John L. Sullivan trained
in 1889, Burt did just that in recognizing Bobby Gunn. “As the Hall of Fame President, Caretaker of America's
Most Historic, Most Sought-After Belts of all time, the Police Gazette Diamond WORLD and AMERICAN Belts, I am proud that great
boxing historians such as Tony Gee and the late Bert Sugar have stated that I am the only one in the WORLD who can make the
legitimate connection between John L. Sullivan and the current champions of today. Thus, I declare and am honored to
do so, as Bobby Gunn as the current and therefore next linear Heavyweight Police Gazette Champion of the WORLD.”
In doing so, Burt
filled a more than 125 year void. “Although I am aware that Gunn has an undefeated underground bare knuckle record
of 71 straight wins, in today’s society I will not recognize any illegal activity, even though Sullivan’s fights
were. But on August 5, 2011, Gunn fought a legal and sanctioned bare knuckle fight in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he
defeated Richard Stewart by knockout in three rounds. For that achievement he will be named Police Gazette WORLD Diamond
Belt Champion and be presented with our beautiful historic belt.
In 1889 Richard K. Fox, Publisher
of the National Police Gazette, acknowledged the Great John L. Sullivan as WORLD Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion
after he defeated Jake Kilrain in a 2 hour 16 minute, 75 round slugfest in Mississippi that Sports Illustrated has since called
“The Brawl that Started It All”. In 2014, just as Fox did in 1889, Scott R. Burt recognized Bobby Gunn as
the reigning Modern Day Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the WORLD.
In August of 2018, Burt presented the 125lb division Diamond World belt to Austraila's Bec Rawlings as a result
of her win over Britain Hart. This was the first time in since 1889 that the Police Gazette Diamond WORLD Belt was ringside.
In October of this year, Arnold Adams defefeated Sam Shewmaker, for the AMERICAN title. This was the first time since
1882 that the AMERICAN belt was ringside! To no surprise, it was John L. Sullivan who was not only the last one to hold
the WORLD title, he was also the last one to hold the AMERICAN title; a title stripped of him by Richard K. Fox when he first
refused to fight Jake Kilrain in 1887. Fox not only took the AMERICAN title away from Sullivan, but unilaterally gave
it to Kilrain and elevated it to WORLD Champion instead of AMERICAN. As we all know, Sullivan re-claimed the WORLD title
once and for all by beating Kilrain in 1889. Neither Sullivan nor his supporters ever acknowledged Fox's stripping.
Interestingly, John L's, Bec's, and AJ's fights all occurred in Mississippi. Another interesting note....in 1882 when
Sullivan won the AMERICAN title in 9 rounds over Paddy Ryan, he famously stated many times over "I can lick any man in
the house!" After beating Kilrain in 75 rounds in 1889 for the WORLD title his statement changed to "I can
lick any S.O.B. in the WORLD!" I believe our three Champions can do the same. What a GREAT trio of representatives
he have here folks. The Police Gazette is proud to boast of our three Champions; no organization could even hope to
have such classy fighters wearing their belts than ours.