Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bare-knuckle boxing is a sport that intrigues combat sports enthusiasts and is sometimes seen as “taboo”, much like the NHB (No Holds Barred) fights that were held in the early 1990s. However; bare-knuckle boxing has a very rich and distinct history.

The first bare-knuckle champion of England was James Figg, who claimed the title in 1719 and held it until his retirement in 1730. Before Jack Broughton, the first idea of current boxing originated from James Figg, who is viewed as the organizer of cutting edge boxing. In 1719, he set up a ‘pugilistic foundation’ and charged himself as ‘a professional in the Noble Science of Defense’ to instruct boxers on the utilization of clench hands, sword, and quarterstaff.

Professional bouts are now held, created and managed by the World Bareknuckle Boxing Association, which is not recognized as a sports organization anywhere outside of the United States. The sport is still practiced on a small scale all over the world. There are a few countries where bare-knuckle boxing is actually illegal. In the British Isles, the sport is still very popular, and there are efforts for the sport to be brought out of the underground and into the mainstream.

Much like the sport of mixed martial arts, however; there are a lot of enthusiasts who engage in unsanctioned and illegal bouts, these are referred to as “backyard” fights. Although there seem to be two willing opponents, a set of rules, and even a referee of sorts these are still considered street fights.

In parts of Europe, it could be argued that the most popular combat sport is that of bare-knuckle boxing, thus; it is not surprising that a lot of these backyard brawls, such as the one in the video below, come to us from across the pond.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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