Fastest bare-knuckle boxing KO in American history

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Bare-knuckle boxing is a sport 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.

Let me introduce you to a living legend of bare-knuckle boxing: Bobby Gunn.

Bobby Gunn is a Canadian-born professional turned bare-knuckle boxer.  On Friday, August 5, 2011 Gunn fought Richard Stewart in the first sanctioned bare-knuckle boxing match since 1889. Gunn defeated Stewart with a KO in round 3, winning the vacant heavyweight bare-knuckle boxing title. Four months later, Gunn defended his bare-knuckle crown, stopping Ernest Jackson in less than nine minutes.

In the video below, we see Gunn as he partakes in a match that is the fastest recorded knockout in American bare-knuckle boxing history.

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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