On March 30, live on Sky PPV; BKB 16 will exhilarate and entertain a jam-packed, sold-out crowd at London’s 02 with a succulent-profusion of meaty clashes, including the semi-finals of their middleweight Prizefighter series.
Rapidly spinning on its own momentum, fiercely igniting a velocitized enthrallment; BKB World’s bare-knuckle bouts rip through the rounds like thunder. Fast and furiously-paced fights that exemplify the proficient combat skills of a glut of talented, superlative bare-knuckle boxers. Relentless and resilient warriors, rapaciously trading a torrent of knuckled-dynamite, “tearing-it-up” amidst the squared jungle over three, five or seven, two and a half-minute rounds of explosive action.
Days of the prohibited underground scene of bare-knuckle boxing have pretty much dispersed; a once disport, orchestrated by shady characters endorsing illegal gambling and illegitimate matches. Uncontrolled, unconditioned, wild-swinging- bar-room brawlers whose combat abilities could never stake claim to any grace or skilful aptitude, conduct a parody of unlawful pugilism within a hay-baled boxing ring, amassed by fight-thirsty punters goading for blood and knock-outs until someone avalanches to the ground from sheer exhaustion; as opposed to a genuine knockdown.
However, since 2018, the days of ‘old’ bare-knuckle are a far cry from the ‘new’, legalised, evolved and professional sport. Under his rules and provision, BKB World owner, Jim Freeman has grabbed bare-fisted combat by the scruff of the neck and whipped it into an enticing, compelling, efficient, electrifying and thriving sport.
The fighters that compete within BKB World are professional athletes: disciplined, cultivated; incorporating an adept MMA and Boxing background into the new form of ‘classic pugilism’. A gritty class of fighters dedicated to their profession; their appetites whetted by the prospect of a championship legacy within the ‘original’, however, contemporary sport.
Hardboiled muscle-ripped exteriors; fit, fast and ferocious, raging to battle within their amphitheatre. Yet, despite the aggression, the violence, the blood and the brutality these fighters inflict upon one another; fundamentally, they’re gentlemen pugilists.
With a touch of fists after the bell rings out for round one; a display of respect and sportsmanship is demonstrated by the boxers. And, at the end of the bout, we see these fellas shaking hands and commending each other’s performance – a refreshing transformation from idiotic ‘pantomime grudges’, we so often witness nowadays.
So what’s in the pipeline for BKB World? Their next instalment will showcase ex-boxers, Conor Tierney, Dean ‘Smudger’ Smith, James Connelly, and ex MMA fighter, Ricardo Franco scrapping-it-out for a place in the middleweight Prizefighter Final.
Tierney vs. Franco & Smith vs. Connelly: A cracking night of bare-knuckle boxing will definitely be on the cards.
I recently caught up with Jim Freeman, asking him where the sport is heading and his thoughts BKB’s appeal.
“We’ve built something that is now a credible sport, but it’s not about egos and rushing in. We want to build the sport, build our fanbase and following and build in the UK, get some Arena shows under our belt then take BKB World internationally.
We’re selling-out professional shows at venues like the 02 in London; we’ve got ex-world champions like Glen Mccory, Robin Reid, Frank Bruno and top broadcasters like Tom Ross and Robin Black and fantastic fights and our shows are also being aired on a Sky PPV platform. With that said, we always endeavour to grow and improve.”
His thoughts on Boxing, MMA and its fans:
“Anyone who’s interested in MMA or Boxing, take a look or visit our Youtube channel and you’ll see we’ve got a good calibre of skilful ex-boxers and MMA fighters. Come to an event or pay £10 for PPV, invite your friends around, have a few a pizza, have a few beers and watch our show. After that, I’ll guarantee you’ll be a fan.”
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