Bare-knuckle fight is more technical than some MMA bouts

Tuesday, October 24, 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 sometimes even a referee of sorts these are still considered street fights.

In the video below, we see a bare-knuckle fight that appears to have a rule that the fight must be kept standing and the participants definitely have some formal training.  So check out the video below to witness a fight that is more technical than some bouts you’ll see on tv.

Neither nor I promote street fighting or physical acts of violence in any form or fashion, however; we wholeheartedly support the advancement of one’s knowledge and ability to protect themselves as well as those around them in situations of peril.

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