For over 100 years bare-knuckle boxing has been a sport that has existed in the shadows, taking place in underground arenas where the rules have been few and the health and safety aspect of the events has been questionable to say the least. That is all set to change with the introduction of the world’s first international governing body, the IBKBF (International Bare Knuckle Boxing Federation), who are now issuing licenses to bare-knuckle fighters and are sanctioning select events that adhere to their strict rules and regulations.
The events will be held in top class venues in the UK, Europe and the United States, and given the stagnation of traditional gloved boxing and to a certain extent Mixed Martial Arts, these shows are sure to be a big hit with fight fans the world over.
The fights will take place in a traditional boxing ring and will consist of 3 minute rounds, the number of which will depend on the experience of the fighters and whether or not they are competing for a title or as the main event. All fighters will be matched based on weight and experience, and will under-go strict medicals and weigh-ins before their bouts. There will be doctors, professional referees and judges in attendance at all events, ensuring that the shows are a safe as possible.
To the uninitiated bare-knuckle boxing may seem like a more brutal alternative to traditional gloved boxing, but the truth is that almost all of the medical evidence suggests that despite the greater degree of superficial injuries, such as cuts and bruises, the long term risks of bare-knuckle boxing are far less than that of gloved boxing. The addition of gloves to the hands allows a fighter to strike his opponent’s head far harder and more frequently than he would be able to without the protection that the gloves offer.
Whether or not the authorities and the board of control are happy to see the resurrection of this ancient art in it’s original form, one thing is for sure and that is… the fighters and the fans certainly are!
This promises to be one of the most exciting combat sport events ever staged, and we will be there ringside to bring you all of the best photographs of the action!