Return of ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’

UBBAD Favourite and the UK’s youngest Bare Knuckle Boxer Josh Foreman will return to ring on August 13th coming off a very convincing win over Rhys Marks on the UBBAD Wales show earlier in the Josh hungry for success has only one loss to date after taking an early KO loss to John Spencer at the first Coventry Show in January will take on Nottingham’s Tom Lax.

Tom again has only suffered one loss to date on his debut against Jimmy Sweeney in Summer 2015 at UBBAD New Blood at Kettering Town Football Club. It’s been a while since Lax has fought Bare Knuckle but is coming off the back of two wins, one against John Hawthorn, younger brother of Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn and a very quick and convincing win over John Slater.

This will be a battle to the very end as both men always come to fight.

‘The Terror’ to take the Gloves off

Terry ‘The Terror’ Peacock comes into Bare Knuckle with a good history in white collar boxing, after taking a two year break from the ring he is hungry once again for and training hard at Reps Gym alongside Billy Hawthorn.

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‘The Terror’ will be back in the ring this September with the gloves on to give Mark Armstrong the rematch that wants on the Team Reps fightcard, Terry is training hard to make it two wins out of two against Armstrong but is desperate to get the gloves off and make his way in the World of Bare Knuckle with UBBAD. Terry fights at around the 59kg mark and will be looking to make his debut with UBBAD later this year.

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Lee ‘Lightning’ Noble signs for UBBAD

Please give a big ‪ UBBAD welcome to our latest signing Lee ‪’Lightning‬’Noble, with 47 Pro fights under his belt, Lee will surely be forging his name in the ranks very quickly.
Eager to join this fastest growing sport with the biggest promotions company in the business of ‪BKB‬, ‪’Lightning Lee‬’ will surely be a fans favourite.
Lee has fought the likes of….
Billy Joe Saunders
Martin Murray
Brian rose
Sparring partner for ‪Amir Khan‬ and ‪Kell‬ Brook
‪TeamLightning‬ will be striking in September with Lee’s debut in this noble art.

Click here to find out more Lee

UBBAD Feature on Dutch Radio Station KRV-NCO – Listen Now!

Maarten Bleumers from Dutch Radio station KRV-NCO have taken a keen interest in UBBAD and what they are doing for the sport of Bare Knuckle Boxing, it all started around six weeks ago when UBBAD’s Stu Armstrong was contacted by Maarten and asked to contribute an interview on Bare Knuckle Boxing to form part of a feature in the run up to UFC Rotterdam.

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So interested in what we do that when Stu invited Maarten to be a guest at the UBBAD Hot Shots in Notts show just over two weeks ago he readily accepted and joined us as a special guest to record a feature about UBBAD.

The main focus of the feature is around the English Title fight that took place on the night between Andrew ‘Death Wish’ Price and Chris ‘The Scalp Snatcher’ Wheeldon.

On the show you will hear Maarten talking with Andrew Price, his father Bob Price, UBBAD Chief Medical Officer Bill Ellis and UBBAD’s Head of Media, Stu Armstrong.

Listen now for a great feature click here to listen now!

This really does show just how well the sport of Bare Knuckle Boxing with UBBAD is being recognised across Europe!

 

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UBBAD to stage a LEGAL & SANCTIONED Bare Knuckle Boxing Show in the USA!!

UBBAD the world’s largest promoter of Bare Knuckle Boxing is set to stage the first ever legal and sanctioned Bare Knuckle Boxing show in modern history stateside, in the USA in 2017 which will be headlined by the Bare Knuckle debut of a legendary American former World Heavyweight Champion.

The show has been agreed to take place in a world famous Casino, that is renowned for staging some of the biggest nights in boxing history, in Las Vegas as long as the legalities can be sorted out, which is something that we believe that we are very close to doing.

This is huge news for Bare Knuckle Boxing around the globe and is something that Joe Brown, owner of UBBAD Promotions, has been working on for quite some time along with a wealthy businessman who is very close to the Trump presidential camp.

A number of meetings have been held with the various concerned authorities stateside along with UBBAD Promotions American Legal team and backer, to ensure that the show will be fully legal and sanctioned in a country where previously BKB has been illegal, including the Nevada State Athletic Committee who by all accounts are very impressed with the professionalism and organisation within UBBAD.

A delegation from the USA including a representative of a law enforcement agency in the United States and a representative from the Nevada Commission will be coming to the UK this summer to attend a UBBAD show.

UBBAD Boss Joe Brown was quoted as saying:

We are looking forward to 2017 and taking fully legal, sanctioned and safe Bare Knuckle Boxing to the USA, I am aware that currently Bare Knuckle Boxing in the United States is illegal, even if it is promoted under a different name to Bare Knuckle Boxing, or indeed if it’s held on Native American Soil”

“We have made fantastic inroads with American authorities who are very impressed with UBBAD and the fact that we will ONLY put on a fully legal show and are very happy to work with us to find a way that this can happen which I believe that they have two options to help us to do this. We have an amazing American backer who is close to the Trump campaign, and legal team who are working hand in hand to make this happen and we full approval from one of the world’s best known boxing venues”

As you know at UBBAD only the very best can fight for us, and when the name of the headline fighter when announced, then I am sure that you will see what I mean by ‘The Best’. Some of UBBAD’s British fighters are also very likely to feature on the card”

 

UBBAD always take fighter safety as the number one priority and this includes ensuring that they are not compromised by fighting on an illegal show.

 

UBBAD promotions Head of Media Stu Armstrong said of these developments,

“This is something that we having been working on now for quite sometime now and I believe that we are not very far from achieving our goal of staging a fully legal and sanctioned Bare Knuckle Boxing show in the United States. I a blown away by fighter that will make his Bare Knuckle Debut on show, he is one of the biggest names of all time in boxing and a firm favorite of mine”

“We will be working hand in hand with one of the biggest TV companies in the USA who will not only televise the show Worldwide, but will also be working with us to produce a ‘Fly on the Wall’ type show in the weeks coming up to the show following the headliner as he prepares to get back into the ring for the first time in 11 years”

Lets go Champ!! – Nathan ‘Too Slick’ Leeson gains victory over ‘Bloodaxe’ to become Lightweight Transatlantic Champion

One of the most eagerly anticipated math up’s of last weekends Bare Knuckle Boxing suppression at Coventry certainly didn’t fall short as Nathan ‘Too Slick’ Leeson and Eric ‘Bloodaxe’ Olsen went toe to toe over five exciting rounds to fight it out for a place in history to become the Worlds first ever Bare Knuckle Boxing Lightweight Transatlantic Champion.

Eric who traveled from New York in the USA to take on Englishman Leeson for the coveted strap certainly didn’t disappoint and showed not only character after flying himself half way around the world to take this fight but also fine fighting skills an acumen but things didn’t Eric’s was and after both warriors fought it out and went the distance the judges scorecards showed unanimous victory to Leeson.

 

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Stu Armstrong talks Bare Knuckle Boxing & UBBAD on Dutch Radio in the run up to UFC Rotterdam

UBBAD’s Head of Media, Stu Armstrong, was invited by top Dutch Radio Station  KRCO NCRV  to go on air and talk about his views on Bare Knuckle Boxing in Europe and the huge part that UBBAD has played.

This formed part of a special show on combat sports to celebrate the run up to UFC Rotterdam.

The full show can be heard at KRCO NCRV’s website  which can be found at

www.kro-ncrv.nl           

The shows producers are very keen to come to the UK and record a special feature on UBBAD this summer

 

Next Bare Knuckle Show Announced form UBBAD

 

This follows up from a feature on BBC News filmed in Nottingham where the BBC TV News filmed and talked to UBBAD’s Head of Media Stu Armstrong, Campaign Manager Ryan Drain swell as two if the top Bare Knuckle Heavyweights in the country Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn and Adam ‘Dangerous’ Downie,

We are very pleased to announce that on July 18th UBBAD will have a show at Cowlick Call in Coventry.

The show see’s UBBAD return once again to the luxury country house hotel, Cowlick Hall, situated near to Nottingham Race Course and is named ‘Bendigo’s Brawl’ as a mark of respect to one of Nottingham’s greats ‘Bendigo’ the champion Bare Knuckle Boxer who is credited with inventing the ‘South Paw’ Stance.

Bendigo is currently a name on many people’s tongue’s in Nottingham with a campaign going from strength to strength for the people of Nottingham to have a new statue of Bendigo.

UBBAD from day one have given support to the campaign and will continue to do so. Joining UBBAD to give support and backing to the ‘Bendigo’ Campaign are Carl Froch and Glen McRory as all of the UBBAD fighters.

For more information on the Bendigo Campaign and to find out how you can help or even get involved then please click here

Some amazing fights announced to date including the first ever Bare Knuckle Middleweight English Title between Andrew ‘Death Wish’ Price and Chris ‘The Scalp Snatcher’ Wheeldon who both have only one loss each on there record,

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and more to follow

Hawthorn stuns Ryton crowd with sensational second-round knockout against Jamie Hearn

Article By Shaun Reynolds (Coventry Observer)

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BILLY ‘Big Bang’ Hawthorn stunned onlookers at the Ryton Sports Connexion on Saturday (May 7) night when winning by second round knockout against former professional Jamie Hearn.

The Newcastle-based fighter, who remains undefeated in the bare-knuckle format, was knocked to the canvas in the first round by Hearn – though showed tremendous character to repay the compliment seconds in the second round.

Hawthorn then produced a quartet of left and right hand punches to win the fight as official Shaun Smith allowed the fight to continue no longer.

The 23-year-old’s victory was one of numerous stand-out moments from the night – middleweight champion Jimmy Sweeney defended his crown by first round knockout and Nathan Leeson went the distance with American fighter Eric Olsen.

Despite the sport’s brutal nature, various sanctions and the presence of a full medical team has won over world class professional fighters including former heavyweight champion of the world Frank Bruno.

Bruno announced earlier in the year that he wants to get back into boxing, though UBBAD media officer Stu Armstrong told The Observer he will not be fighting in bare-knuckle contests – contrary to national media reports.

Saturday marked the second bare-knuckle event Bruno has attended this year, and the organisation, safety and presentation of UBBAD promotions has appealed to the former champion who now wants to become an ambassador for the sport.

After the event, which attracted a huge 1,500 crowd, Stu Armstrong said: “It was the biggest ever bare knuckle show in the history of the sport and Coventry is the perfect location.

“Frank (Bruno) is a massive fan of our sport and has been particularly impressed by the safety measures we take to ensure the fighters in the ring are safe.

“The local people have really got behind the sport which is growing every week.

“We had some fantastic feedback and fans enjoyed the night in a safe and friendly environment for both fighters and fans.

“I’d like to thank Dillion Security for working with UBBAD and ensuring our fans and fighters were all in a safe environment.

“Our chief medical officer Mr Bill Ellis did a fine job and was on the case of every knockdown throughout the night – we can’t thank him enough for his support.”

Pic credit: Chris Bland.

UBBAD Wales – Results and New Welsh Champion

Well what else can we say but what an Epic night of Bare Knuckle Boxing that we had on Saturday at UBBAD Wales, amazing fights, amazing fans and a new Welsh Champion!

 

We would like to thank each and every fighter on the show on Saturday who all fought valiantly and did UBBAD and yourselves very proud, as well as our two judges for the evening James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory and Sean ‘The Outlaw’ George, whilst not forgetting a huge thank you to our amazing UBBAD Fans!

UBBAD once more made history with the first ever Bare Knuckle Boxing Welsh National Champion in the form of Christian Evans who took a win over Seth Jones in a fight that can only be described as a war!

We also saw Jimmy ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sweeney successfully defend both his UBBAD and WBKBC middleweight titles against Scott ‘The Pretty Boy’ Midgley in the eagerly awaited grudge match between these two favourites of the fans.

Full video footage of all of the fights will be avaible to view free of charge very soon at www.bbadtv.com and if you want to be the first to watch then please subscribe to the official UBBAD TV Youtube Channel at www.youtube.com/bbadtv

The full results of the night are as follows:

 

Taylor vs Walsh – Winner Walsh

Foreman vs Marks – Winner Foreman

Smith vs Burton – Winner Smith

Richardson vs Price – Winner Price

Preece vs Gibbs – Winner Gibbs

Coker vs Wheeldon – Winner Wheeldon

Doody vs Leeson – Winner Leeson

Glaysher vs Radford – Radford

 

 

We are now working hard on matching for the show in Coventry on May 7th where once again we can promise you a night of the very best in Bare Knuckle Boxing.

We look forward to seeing all of you in May.

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UBBAD Fan studying Journalism, Andrew Ashwell interviews UBBAD’s Stu Armstrong

Stu Armstrong is Head of Media for UBBAD Promotions, as well as an established author and broadcaster. His interviews regularly bring fans the latest news and views from the ever-growing stable of UBBAD fighters. The idea of this interview was to get Stu’s thoughts on where UBBAD is now, where it could potentially end up, and the possible outcomes of some of the upcoming high profile fights we have to look forward to. 

Stu; first of all, many thanks for taking the time to answer these questions…

  • When did you first become interested in BKB?

Believe it or not I am a relative newcomer, as a lifelong boxing fan I came across some of what were at the time BBAD videos online and became friends online with Joe Brown. I got on well with Joe, and we are still close friends to this day and did a small piece of web work for him. He asked me how much it would cost him for this work and I told him nothing as we were friends, so he invited me to a show at Newcastle at the NE6 Suite as his guest along with a good friend of mine and ex professional boxer Paul Charters.

This was around two and a half years ago, I went to the show imaging it would be a good but that it wouldn’t even come close to gloved boxing, boy was I wrong I became instantly addicted to BKB. I have never witnessed a sport like it and in my eyes it beats not only gloved boxing hands down but any other sport in the world. The rest as they say is history, over time I ended up going to work for UBBAD as Head of Media and I live and breathe the sport Bare Knuckle Boxing!

The show its self was amazing, Seth Jones vs. Donald McPhee, Scott Midgly vs Arraon Gaughn (The fight in which Scott broke his ankle), Michael Ferry making very short work of Manchester’s James Higgy, but the most memorable for me was the Bare Knuckle Debut of someone I knew a little and since have become firm friends, Billy Hawthorn.

Billy was fighting the very tough and experienced Clifford Grey and when Billy got into the ring people laughed and said, ‘What’s the little boy going to do with Clifford’. Well as I told them don’t under estimate anyone, especially not ‘Bang Bang’ who went on to win by Knockout.

  • What do you think sets UBBAD apart from other promotions for the fans and fighters?

To be totally honest and I mean no disrespect to any other promotions UBBAD are on another level all together than any other BKB promoter not just in the UK but in the World. UBBAD has seen rapid growth over the last two years and a huge amount of hard work has been put in. I think Joe has a great passion for the sport and wants it to be fully mainstream and legitimised and has pulled out all the stops along the way to do this. Over time Joe was joined in UBBAD by Jim Freeman, Shaun and Amanda Smith, Scott Oldham, Gav Swinscoe and my good self who all share the same belief, and that it treat the fighters with respect, look after them well, give them the best medical care and pay them fairly.

You just need to speak to anyone of the fighters and they will tell you the same. From a fans point of view I believe that we (UBBAD) give them the fights that they want, with the fighters that they want to see and we hold our shows in the most amazing venues such as Colwick Hall in Nottingham. With UBBAD BKB is not just a few blokes gathered around some hay bales, it’s a real occasion.

This can be seen by the change in the demographic of fans that come to our shows, two years ago the ratio of males to females at the shows was firmly in the main men with some 98% of fans attending shows being male. Now UBBAD shows are an occasion, they are often bigger and better then professional boxing shows and now attract in the region of 60% males and 40% females which shows a huge change.

We don’t want to stage fights in car parks and back lanes, and the numbers of tickets that we sell out with at every show proves that this is what the fans want to.

  • With fans and fighters interacting freely on Facebook, things occasionally get a bit heated; is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

Well, this is a very hard one to answer, BKB is a very passionate sport for both fans and fighters and yes sometimes people will reach boiling point and go on a rant. Sometimes this can be a good thing and sometimes it can be very bad. Personally speaking, and I am not claiming that I have never had a ‘Heated Discussion’ on social media, I don’t like it.

  • How do you see UBBAD developing as a brand in the next couple of years, and do you see venues like York Hall and Coventry becoming the norm?

I see UBBAD at the moment like the early days of the UFC which is now the world’s biggest combat sports promotion, we get bigger and better with every show and I honestly believe that within two years UBBAD will have exploded world ride and will continue with its rapid growth much the same as the UFC did.

  • Is working with other promotions inevitable for the sport to grow?

Again this is a difficult one without offending anyone, certainly it wouldn’t do any harm working with other promotions if done correctly but I don’t believe that the sport won’t grow if we don’t. I think that the problem is UBBAD are so far advanced in comparison to other promotions that this often puts barriers in the way to work with other promotions. I am no football fan but its comparable to the top team in the Premier League working with the Sunday morning football club from down the local boozer. I don’t in any way mean any disrespect by this as there’s nothing wrong with Sunday morning football from the local, but it’s a different world to the top premier league clubs. I am going to leave that one there as I am rambling lol

  • What is the best BKB fight you have seen so far?

Oh come on, what a question to ask. The honest answer is that I don’t have one single fight that I could choose, but some of my all-time favourites have got to be Sean George vs Reece Gillon 1, Billy Hawthorn vs. Nathan Jdogg, Scott Midgley vs. Ross Chittock, McRory vs Radford 3, Jay Ferguson vs John Sweeney and of course Jimmy Sweeney and his two knockouts on the same show on his debut in Kettering

There are so many amazing fights I could never choose just one

  • With highly competitive Lightweight, Middleweight and Heavyweight divisions, which rivalries do you see developing in the next 12 months?

Well the middleweight division as we know is on fire and there is great rivalry between Jimmy and Scott already but I see the lightweight division starting to explode and with the lightweight title eliminators featuring John Spencer, Sean George, Kev Bennett and Brad Harris, what a competition to the final and the title this will be, be also a lightweight now is Nathan Leeson and mark my words, he maybe new to BKB but he is one to watch and I firmly believe he will come knocking on the door of the whoever wins the Lightweight title at some point

  • Lightweight – George, Harris, Bennett or Spencer?

Don’t do this to me, I really don’t want to answer this one, all four fighters are really good friends of mine and are all amazing fighters in their own right, I also manage two of the fighters mentioned John Spencer and Brad Harris so sorry but I am going to wimp out of this question. What I will say is any one of these four is capable of being a great lightweight champion so none of these lads can afford to take their eye off the ball for a split second

  • Middleweight – will it be Radford v Sweeney, or Radford v Midgeley?

Another killer question for me as again I am very good friends with Dave, Jimmy and Scott, so really I think the question is who wins, Scott or Jimmy.

Well on paper and based on fight record and performance Jimmy Sweeney wins and I believe is the favourite to win this fight and it will take someone very very special indeed to beat Jimmy who I honestly think could well make a great champion for years to come, however this is Bare Knuckle Boxing so as we all know anything can happen and by no means should anyone ever either under estimate Scott or take their eye off the ball for even a split second. Scott has got one hell of a bang of him and has huge heart and passion and some great experience under his belt.

I guess that’s not much of an answer, or maybe not the one you were looking for but to be totally honest the result that I will be happy with is just for the two lads to come out safe and settle their diffrences

  • Heavyweight – who do you see realistically challenging Michael Ferry for his titles?

Realistically and I don’t want to sound bias being a close friend and business partner of Michael Ferry but I don’t believe there is anyone out there at moment who can beat Michael. Michael is still young at 25 years old and trains like a beast every single day no matter if he is in the run out to a fight or not. I think they key to Michaels success is twofold, his dedication to the sport, he has amazing speed for a Heavyweight and is improving every day.

  • There has been talk on social media of McCrory v Sweeney @ York Hall? Would this be the first UBBAD ‘superfight’?

I am not sure if I would use the term ‘Super fight’ but it would be an amazing fight to see if the fight ever could be made and one in which the fans would love to see

  • If it happens, how do you see the fight going?

Again that’s a hard one, Jimmy Sweeney has the most amazing skill set that’s perfectly suited to BKB, but McCrory has been around the block as we know and that experience counts for a lot. James McCrory has a great heart when fighting and as we can see in lots of his previous fights can take a huge amount of punishment in a fight and then come back and take a win, but will this be enough to handle Jimmy Sweeney that’s the question?

There is no doubt this would be an amazing fight with two proud Irishmen and two great fighters, however for me Sweeney would be the victor in this fight if it were made, but if he were to make one mistake McCrory would make him pay and steal the win for him. Bare Knuckle boxing is a very difficult sport to predict winners as more so than gloved boxing, K1 or MAA or any other combat sport for that matter one punch can make the difference, one punch can end the fight.

Thanks Andy, some great questions, i can see that i am going to have to watch my job!!”

Stu

 

 

The Show Must go on!! UBBAD Wales Rescheduled for April 2nd

As promised we have an update on the UBBAD Wales show that was scheduled to take place this Saturday March 26th, due to some administrative issues the licence required for the show regrettably will not be in place in time for Saturday. Rather than cancel the show after the work that the fighters have put in training in the run up to the show the show has now been rescheduled for a week on Saturday April 2nd.

 

We recognise that this will be a disappointment to many fans and will be very inconvenient and the management of UBBAD would like to offer our most sincere apologies to everyone, at UBBAD we only do things one way and that’s the right way, the legal way and the proper way and will not put any fighters or fans at risk.

 

All tickets purchased for March 26th will be valid for 2nd April and again, we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, and we hope that you will be able to join us April 2nd.

Adam ‘Dangerous’ Downie talks with Stu Armstrong

Hi Adam, thanks for taking the time to do this interview,

 

  1. First of all you have made a huge impact in the BKB Heavyweight division since your debut in 2015, how did you become interested in BKB and how did your first fight come about?

Funny enough Milky McGrath put a status up saying he needs a heavyweight fighter to fight Nathen JDogg in a bare knuckle show at Cowlick Hall, so someone tagged me in the status so I was like yeah why not give it a go.

 

  1. Your first fight was against a very tough and experienced fighter, Nathan JDogg where after a real war you triumphed with a win by knockout, quite a feat in your first bout how did this feel?

The fight against JDogg I was not fit, I took it on four days’ notice so my intention was to go in the ring and try knock him out but that was not the case, I put him down twice in the first round but he kept coming with that strong left hand he’s got. The second round came about a minuet in to it I was out of breath and I was about to give up but gave him a strong right hand and knocked him out but he did knock my gold teeth out as well lol.

 

 

  1. At what age did you first become involved with Boxing?

I started when I was like 8 till I was 11 then my life changed and got in to other stuff but started again last year.
 

  1. You are also a successful gloved boxer having a semi-pro British title and soon fighting for a semi-pro European title, can you tell us about this?

It’s all started since the JDogg fight I said let’s do gloved boxing to keep me fit and learn a lot more. I won the OIIBA Semi Pro belt in December 2015 at the Rushcliffe centre in Nottingham.

I beat Dom Alcock in the first round, and my next fight is for the European Heavyweight title against Chris cooper very tough boxer.

 

  1. So back to BKB, what made you want to fight for UBBAD over other promoters?

UBBAD have always been good to me and I don’t need to go elsewhere, even though a few have approached me but it feels right staying with UBBAD.

 

  1. How do you think that UBBAD treats and looks after their fighters?

UBBAD make sure your fit to fight and if not, you cannot fight full stop!

 

  1. Your second Bare Knuckle Bout was at Coventry in January with Adam ‘Butch’ Brown who was coming off a win, again another great fight for you showing considerable skill and power. How did you feel about the both the fight itself and the result?

 

The Butch Brown fight was announced when I was in Thailand while I was getting drunk. So I did all my training for this fight after I won my semi pro belt in December.

Just before my fight against Butch I got nervous in the changing room my coach Andy Flint calmed me down and he said just go in there and do what we trained to do, but that went out the window I just started swinging I was scared to lose my gold teeth again, but Butch was very tough kept coming and coming at me.

 

  1. As you know there are not that many Heavyweights around in BKB, very often on Social media I see people calling for you to fight the British, Transatlantic and World Heavyweight Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal Ferry’, how do you feel about that? Do you feel ready for such a step up and challenge or do you think that it’s too soon

Yeah it’s good that people link me with the Real Deal Ferry but he isn’t the champion of the sport for no reason, so you have to show him the respect he deserves because it will take some one really good to stop him.

 

  1. You have a big fight, with a big man coming up on May 7th again back at Coventry as you take on the ‘Killer’ all 6ft 8” of Stevan Millar, are you looking forward to this?

What can I say it will be a very tough challenge to beat Steven ‘The Killer’ Miller. He is very well known and he will fight to his last breath so I got to have my A game for the beast so make sure you get your tickets for a very tough fight.

 

Blatant plug here but tickets are out now, order online from www.bbadtv.com/tickets

 

 

  1. How do you think you will cope with the sheer size (and ugliness) of Miller?

If I win or loose I will be the same person and concentrate on my next fight but I think Steven will agree no one likes to loose lol.

 

 

  1. Ok so that’s the fight stuff out of the way, tell us about ‘Dangerous’ Downie the man, rather than the fighter, what makes you tick?

What makes me tick is having fun with my friends who ever is on my Facebook will see I used to be out nearly every night having fun but I put loads of weight on so I quit and concentrating on my Boxing again and my Rugby but the main thing is my two girls giving them the life I never had.

 

  1. As someone fairly new to BKB but that is very successful you will no doubt be a bit of a role model for many people looking to come into the sport, what would be your advice to them?

If I could advise any young person wanting to box or do bare knuckle is listen to your coach 100% and stick to it and stay focused.

 

  1. Would you advise them to try and fight for UBBAD? And if so why

Yes definitely UBBAD because they will look after you and treat you with the upmost respect and if Bill Ellis says you cannot fight you won’t even if it was the main event.

 

Well Adam, thank you for your time and best of luck on March 26th when you go ‘Belt Collecting’ for the European belt to add to your collection, and I wish you a safe fight with ‘Big Bird’. I for one think you will go very far in the sport of BKB, great power and good skill which you can see developing each fight, I predict a bright future for you in UBBAD!

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Charters, One of BKB Champ Michael Ferry’s trainer celebrates as 28 year anniversary of his pro debut with a glittering career to follow.

Twenty Eight years ago today a celebrated amateur who has the knack of being a stoppage specialist made his professional debut against John Naylor in Croydon, South London, his name Paul Anthony Charters. The lad from North Shields, who at the time was a raw 23 year old, went from an unknown to a two time Northern Area Champion, a two times British title challenger and, on one night in Sicily, would challenge home favourite Antonio Renzo for the European lightweight strap, going toe-to-toe for 11 of the 12 rounds against the Italian southpaw.

In 1991 Charters defeated Peter Till in Walsall courtesy of a sixth round stoppage before heading to Italy to face Renzo.

Upon his return he would soon be in a second eliminator, this time with the Billy Graham trained Paul Burke in Houghton-le-Spring in early 1992.

Charters found himself on the end of a seventh-round stoppage loss, but as was his mentality then, and still is now some three decades later, it did not deter him whatsoever.

The one thing that did was not getting the deserved British Title shot which led him to deciding to hang up his gloves after defeating Kevin McKenzie for the Northern Area strap in April 1993.

“I was asked to fight another British eliminator having already been in two and won one”, said Charters. “I didn’t think that was right, I felt something was amiss.

“After all, I’d just won my second Northern Area title, so I just hung up my gloves and walked away. People told me I was daft for doing so but the politics were just too much, so I left”.

Mal Gates, a long-time friend and boxing cohort of Charters, describes him thus: “A loveable rogue who is hardworking, enthusiastic and a well-versed student of the game.”

Unbeaten Commonwealth super flyweight Anthony Nelson trains in Gates’ gym – In fact, Paul actually knocked out Nella’s dad!

“He boxed Nella’s dad Paul Nelson in the amateurs and knocked him out in the first round”, revealed Gates. “I was there that day, we go back a long way”.

Charters is now part of Mal’s staff. “He has been here a few months now and has great experience to pass on to the lads here”, said Gates.

“Pauls done it all and that’s what we like – a family thing really, a boxing family”.

So from the streets of North Shields to the verge of becoming king of Europe, and on the anniversary of his professional debut in the sport, Paul Charters is still walking the walk.

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Article Courtesy of Peter Mann – http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk 

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Who will take on ‘The Beast’

Few names speak so many volumes of BKB as Dave ‘The Beast’ Radford, who will once again return to ‘Beast’ mode on May 7th at the UBBAD Coventry show but just who will he fight?

The former UBBAD Middleweight Champions is one of the most respected fighters in modern day Bare Knuckle Boxing and many many fighters would love nothing more than to share the ring with the man that went the distance with ‘Hands of Stone’ himself Roberto Doran.

So just who will have the honour of stepping into the arena with Dave? Well i am afraid that you won’t find out until March 26th, as the victor of the Sweeney vs Midgley will be the one to take on the ‘Beast’ – Dave ‘The Beast’ Radford

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Lightweight Title Contender BRAD Harris talks to Stu Armstrong

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Since arriving on the BKB scene you have made a pretty good impact, having two fights and two wins and the only person to have beaten the very skilful Sean ‘The Outlaw’ George, how did you first become interested in BKB?

I have been a fan of UBBAD for quite some time, I was sitting in my girlfriends and got a phone call asking to do a bareknuckle fight been at short notice, I took the fight and took the win over Andy Walsh who was a very tough lad but I stopped him by TKO in the second round

You are a well-known and successful gloved fighter in the North East as well, can you tell us about this?

Well I started boxing at sixteen years old and have had a good boxing career so far for Horden ABC

Your BKB record stands at 2-0 with wins against Andy Walsh and Sean George, what is your gloved record?

Well I have had 38 gloved fights in total with a record of 26-12

What promoted you to sign as a fully contracted fight with UBBAD?

After my first fight for UBBAD against Andy Walsh I really enjoyed it and I was offered a contract with UBBAD, I was previously planning on going down the pro root but I really enjoyed BKB and the way that UBBAD operate and look after their fighters is really good and the shows are outstanding, so to be honest it was an easy choice when you get asked to fight for the best you don’t turn it down

So, you now are in an amazing position at UBBAD fighting in May at Coventry in a Lightweight title eliminator against Kev Bennet. The Other eliminator is between Sean George and Martin Conception. The winner of these two bouts will face each other in August at the York hall for the Lightweight Title fight. This is huge and if you were to take the title it also assures your place in history as the world’s first ever BKB Lightweight Champion, how does it fell?

I think its amazing and I am going to give it my all to try and be the one that makes history as the first ever lightweight Bare Knuckle Champion

Do you know much about Kev Bennett?
I don’t know much about Kev, but his record speaks for itself and I know he is a very tough lad with a lot of talent which I’m ready to face

Can you predict the outcome of your fight with Kev?

I can’t say the outcome but all I am going to say it’s not be an easy fight for myself and I’m for sure not going to make it an easy fight for Kev. We are both there very much to win.

Can you predict the outcome of Sean and Martin?

The outcome between George and Conception I couldn’t really say, George is a very tough lad and got a big heart but Conception is going to be the most skilled one out the two.

And, who do you see becoming the lightweight champion?

Becoming the lightweight champion, we all I can say is I have got faith in myself to beat who’s in front of me

If you were to take the win over Kev this would give you the title shot, who would you prefer to fight in the title fight? Sean George or Martin Conception?

Me and Sean would be a another great fight, I think its one the fans would love to see again

If you were to fight Sean George for the title how do you think this would go?

Well would defiantly make sure I trained this time as he wasn’t an easy opponent lol

if you we to fight Martin Conception how do you think this would go?

Don’t know anything about martin but it doesn’t really matter because who I fight I’m giving it my all

And finally who would you most like to fight BKB from UBBAD fighters? And if you could choose anyone on the world to fight BKB against living or dead at the prime who would it be and why?

I wouldn’t point anyone out personally, I just wait to see who my manager asks me to fight

Well thanks for your time Brad, and I wish you the best of luck in your quest for the lightweight title, and I wish both you and Kev a safe fight

Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry to take on current pro national champion in next Bare Knuckle Bout

Announced today on Social Media today is the latest Bare Knuckle Bout for UBBAD’s Heavyweight Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry against a surprise by more than qualified opponent.

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The unbeaten in BKB, British, Transatlantic and World Champion Ferry who seem to go from strength to strength will take on the current professional heavyweight Gambian National champion Richard Lartey.

6Ft 5” Lartley has an impressive professional boxing champion with only one loss to his name against Ergun Mersin when he fought for the WBC Youth Title and has been the reigning Gambia National Champion since 2013 after a KO win against Aduku Nsor.

This rises a new dawn for Bare Knuckle Boxing with the first current national professional champion making the transition the fastest growing combat sport in the world Bare Knuckle Boxing with the biggest and best Bare Knuckle Promoter in the World UBBAD.

This is a fight that will no doubt be explosive as with all of ‘The Real Deals’ fights with Ferry being the most dangerous man in the Bare Knuckle World right now.

The fight will take place on May 7th at the second BKB supershow in Coventry. Tickets are available now from www.bbadtv.com/tickets

 

UBBAD Wales

Time is moving along in 2016, already we have had one amazing show back in January from UBBAD but never fear it’s not long to wait until the next. In little over a month for the second time UBBAD invade the valleys for UBBAD Wales 2.

Held at the same location as the last, Rocks Bar in Pantside, Newbridge anyone who was at the last show will tell you that we had a packed house, in fact packed to the rafters and talk about atmosphere? There was nothing like it, for fans, fighters and staff alike.

We had a packed fight card at the last Wales show for you with Andy Price vs Christian Evans at the top of Bill, but on this show dare I say we have an even better fight card for you.

Once again the Wales Team Captain Christian Evans tops the bill as the main event of the evening as he takes on fellow Welshman and UBBAD favourite Seth ‘The Bangor Hammer’ Jones for the coveted UBBAD Welsh Title.

If you have seen any of Christian of Seth’s previous bouts then one thing is sure, they both come to fight, and fight they do.

The Welsh title is one of two title fights on the night with the second being the eagerly awaited ‘Grudge Match’ between UBBAD and WBKBC Middleweight Champion Jimmy ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sweeney and his nemesis Scott ‘The Pretty Boy’ Midgely.

Sweeney who is coming off the back of being unbeaten straight with six straight wins, his last being against Wales Team captain Christian Evans where he managed to pick up his two title straps, and Midgely coming of the back of two losses after his Transatlantic dreams were dashed by American Billy Martin, and then back in January taking a loss against BKB debutant Nathan Leeson.

Both of these men want the win and want the win badly, and this will be a title shot for Midgely the England team captain, and Sweeney’s first defence of his belts.

As with the last show we have some amazing Team England vs Team Wales fights on the undercard, as well as many others including.

 

England vs Wales BKB National Championships

Marky vs Foreman

Taylor vs Armitage

Smith vs Burton

Coker vs Wheeldon

Barlow vs Leeson

Price vs Keen

 

Non England vs Wales Fights

Richie Glaysher vs Paul Knight

 

Title Fights

Evans vs Jones – UBBAD Welsh Title

Sweeney vs Midgley – UBBAD & WBKBC Middleweight Title

 

Team Captains

England – Scott Midgley

Wales Christian Evans

 

Tickets £40 from http://www.bbadtv.com/tickets

Exclusive Interview with UBBAD Boss Joe Brown

Well here we go people an interview with the man himself, the man that doesn’t give very many interviews and also the man that has achieved more than anyone worldwide in the field of Bare Knuckle Boxing as well as being a good friend, ladies and gents I give you the Bossman himself Mr Joe Brown.

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Morning Joe, thanks for agreeing to this interview, but I still will get you on video one of these days!!

Haha that will never happen mate and thank you for taking the time out for the interview Stu

First of all, the progress of UBBAD over the last year, well it’s nothing short of amazing. The growth of UBBAD as a company has been so rapid in what is still not the best economic climate in the UK, to what to attribute the success?

A lot of hard work mate a lot, it is all about team work and loyalty and trust!
That word is used a lot in all walks of life but not many know the true meaning of it, Shaun, Amanda smith and Jim dove we all work off each other and genuinely get on there is no egos and drama!!! You as Head of Media doing a great job, Scott Oldham and Gavin Swinscoe all people I trust and we all work well and get things done!!

Making history yet again, in August UBBAD will be the first ever BKB promotion to put on a show at the home of English Boxing, London’s York Hall. This is huge and any boxing fan will know just what a special venue this is, but also it will be the first BKB show held in a British Board of Boxing Control sanctioned venue. How are you feeling about that?

Yes amazing, again that is down to Gavin and Scott again they don’t get credit but that’s all about them behind the scenes top lads.
I totally agree there, two great friends of mine Gavin and Scott and are the ‘unsung heroes’ of UBBAD

We have promoted shows in some amazing venues over the last year, my all-time favourite is Colwick Hall in Nottingham. What has been your favourite venue to date?

Great question and I love them all that’s genuine and as a fan the fights are amazing, but if I had to pick one it had to be Wales!! The atmosphere was amazing and we were treated like kings

Since you took over UBBAD, what 18 months or so ago what has been in your opinion the best fight that has taken place?
A great question again, people won’t believe this but I don’t get to watch many of the fights because fight nights it’s all systems go, but one that sticks out to me is Billy vs Jdogg the double knockout and it’s had over 1 million hits on YouTube

One of my favourites as well, I will never forget doing the commentary for the live stream and when they both went down I didn’t know what was going on and for a split second I honestly thought someone had thrown a drink or something into the ring and they had slipped

Of late UBBAD have made some huge signings of new contracted fighters, and have also given some of the existing UBBAD fighters long term contracts, why do you think it’s important to have contracted fighters?

It shows the fighters that we trust in them and it shows us that the fighter trusts in us, pure and simple it’s a loyalty thing that means everything to me loyalty!!

On social media and other sources I have often heard you referred to as “Joe Brown – The Man that saved BKB”, would you agree with that?

Lmao I am way to humble to answer that pmsl I will let others say if that’s the case

I know that at UBBAD we have a great team in addition to yourself and the fighters, some of them are what I would call ‘Unsung Heroes” who work in the background to facilitate all that is needed for a UBBAD show, and to ensure its full legal, above board and most important safe. Who are the UBBAD team and what do they do?

As answers before Bro

A question that I am asked a lot be fans as well as fighters is will UBBAD be streaming shows live on Pay per View again anytime soon? (I think they miss my beautiful voice on the commentary to be honest)

Yes for sure that will happen again, I wasn’t happy with the quality so I’m looking for a good company of which we may have found one now
Great news, I cant wait to get back on the mic!

As we all know there is a lot of slagging off directed at UBBAD, and to yourself personally from other BKB promotions, I don’t want to get into all that but what do you think makes UBBAD different to any other promotion?

Doing not saying pure and simple, as a partner in UBBAD it’s important I don’t get involved in drama and name calling I see that now, the thing that makes us different to others is we do and don’t say and don’t do, I have seen the same people saying big news coming and talking to big TV companies for over two years now and still nothing.
I have seen others have one show a year, say minimum ten BKB fights but they have one and have fifty fans there, and still the same year after year!!
Not at UBBAD we do it, we will always do it that’s why we break and broke every record in BKB history in such a sort time

Where do you see UBBAD in a year from now?
Selling out 2000 plus venues

I would agree, we are actually not that far away

Where do you see UBBAD five years from now?

Football stadiums and maybe bigger

Where do you see UBBAD ten years from now?

At my age, if I’m still alive Los Vegas baby In fact bigger London and Wembley

UBBAD are signed up to the external sanctioning body for Bare Knuckle Boxing, ‘The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’, why do you value being part of this governing body and what do you think fighters get from it?

It lays foundation and rules, we all know UBBAD are years ahead but it’s important not to get to carried away and do what and as we please, that’s why we signed to the WBKBC because it sets rules we have to work under

An exciting development was announced last night with quality fighter Luke Atkin joining the UBBAD family by signing as a UBBAD contracted fighter, how did this come about as I am aware he previously fought for CMS?

Luke put up on social media that he was now freelance that’s when I thought I’ll approach him simple as that really, the lad can fight and wants the best fights so it’s a simple choice for both!!
Luke has fought once in BKB and  people forget that was a UBBAD show lol

If someone would like to join UBBAD as a fighter how would they do this?
Contact me

Do you have any other big signings up your sleeve that you can let us in on?
Many but won’t name till 100%

If there anyone out there that maybe reading this who you would like to welcome into the UBBAD family and sign as a contracted fight?

Frank Bruno lol
Come on Frank, you know it makes sence and I will even change my name to Harry, “You know what I mean!!”

And finally, is there anything else that you would like to say or anyone you would like to mention?
Thank you to all the fans that pay good money to support the sport of BKB and UBBAD and the fighters who are amazing top guys, they really are

Well Boss, as always great talking to and thanks for a great interview, I will see you next month at UBBAD Wales!!

Kev Bennett talks to Stu Armstrong

Since arriving on the BKB scene you have made a pretty good impact, having two fights and two wins, and have shown some of the most skilful and powerful body shots that I have ever seen, how did you first become interested in BKB?

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BKB wasn’t something I was really aware of until my mate, Richy Horsley asked me to go to a show with him so I went and enjoyed the buzz and general feeling around it
 How did you first become involved with BKB?

 

I was asked by friends and lads I knew at shows including Jimmy McCrory why I didn’t have a go and I was thinking about it then Joe contacted Richy to ask me if I’d fight and obviously I did
 You were a well-known and successful gloved fighter and former commonwealth Champion, , can you tell us about this?

 

        I had a long and fairly successful amateur career picking up area titles and such as a school boy and junior then carrying on through the seniors in aba’s and I earned the honour of boxing for England probably about 10 times maybe more I also had the honour of captaining the team in Denmark I truly enjoyed my time boxing amateur and had the pleasure of boxing around the world in places like America and Russia to name a few then I turned pro and won the commonwealth title I also tried and failed to win the IBO World title and the British title


Your BKB record stands at 2-0, what is your gloved record?

 

        I don’t know precisely my amateur record but I had about 100+ with maybe 30 losses all told but I’m guessing to be honest and I had 23 pro with 5 defeats and I never lost to anyone who wasn’t or didn’t become a champion of some level

 At what age did you start boxing?

 

I was eleven years old when i had my first fight

What prompted you to sign as a fully contracted fight with UBBAD?

 

        It was an easy decision I was asked and I said yes    


So, you now are in an amazing position at UBBAD fighting in May at Coventry in a Lightweight title eliminator against Brad Harris. The Other eliminator is between Sean George and Martin Conception. The winner of these two bouts will face each other in August at the York hall for the Lightweight Title fight. This is huge and if you were to take the title it also assures your place in history as the world’s first ever BKB Lightweight Champion, how does it feel?

 

That would be an amazing feeling and one of the reasons I got into BKB


Do you know much about Brad Harris?

 

        I’ve seen Brad box he’s a nicely schooled fighter


Can you predict the outcome of your fight with Brad?

 

        I can’t predict the outcome I think it’s got the potential to be a great fight and I aim to uphold my end of that deal

Can you predict the outcome of Sean and Martin?

 

        Again I can’t predict the outcome of that fight either two tough men I think it has entertainment wrote all over it

And, who do you see becoming the lightweight champion?

 

        Well anyone of the men you mentioned is capable of winning that belt but I wouldn’t be much of a fighter if I didn’t think I could win it


If you were to take the win over Brad this would give you the title shot, who would you prefer to fight in the title fight? Sean George or Martin Conception?

 

        This is a difficult question for me because I have got to know Sean so I wouldn’t like to fight him for that reason but that aside I don’t relish fighting either man their both great fighters so whoever comes through would be a tough fight


If you were to fight Sean George for the title how do you think this would go?

 

        I think it would be war because Sean always comes for war haha and I’m not much of a dancer ha

If you we to fight Martin Conception how do you think this would go?

 

        I think Martin would try to line me up from range and I would try to get close two contrasting styles

And finally who would you most like to fight BKB from UBBAD fighters? And if you could choose anyone on the world to fight BKB against living or dead at the prime who would it be and why?

 

        I don’t really have the answer for this question I am in a privileged position at the minute in terms of the ratings so I’m the one being hunted not vice versa.

 

All time living or dead would probably be a dirty nonce case in fact I’d love UBBAD to do a show featuring UBBAD fighters and nonces     

 

 

        Well, i would put my mic down for that and jump in the ring to fight Nonces all day every day

 


Well thanks for your time Kev, and I wish you the best of luck in your quest for the lightweight title, and I wish both you and Brad a safe fight

UBBAD TV talks to ‘THE OUTLAW’ Sean George

Since arriving on the BKB scene you have made a pretty good impact, loosing only one fight against the very talented Brad Harris,how did you first become interested in BKB?

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Yeah, I have made my mark in such a short time doing five shows in six months with only one loss to decision. I first got it to BKB when two of my mates Christian Evans and Leon Coker were fighting on a show. I saw it on the net and joined UBBAD straight away.

You were a well-known and successful Kickboxer and former Champion, , can you tell us about this?

As you know I came from a Muay Thai / K1 backround once making British Muay Thai champion its alot different to BKB I enjoyed being a all-round fighter I never lost a fight came away with 1 draw in all my career so generally speaking i have only suffered one lost in all fights in all disciplines that I have taken part in .

At what age did you start fighting?

I have been fighting since a young age partly down to being small and bullied but that’s another story .

 

What promoted you to sign as a fully contracted fight with UBBAD?

I was happy to sign to UBBAD as I know that they are the most active and honest company at the mo. The respect is like I have never seen one big family in my eyes love and respect.

So, you now are in an amazing position at UBBAD fighting in May at Coventry in a Lightweight title eliminator against Martin Conception. The Other eliminator is between Brad Harris and Kev Bennett. The winner of these two bouts will face each other in August at the York hall for the Lightweight Title fight. This is huge and if you were to take the title it also assures your place in history as the world’s first ever BKB Lightweight Champion, how does it feel?

As you say I am in a good position right now being in line for title shot. I think I deserve it and have put in more work than the others by already being five in.. But to make champ would mean the world to me. No other reason to just do my best that’s all I can do.

Do you know much about Martin Conception?

Im not seeing past martin but I am going to work hard for my spot at York Hall and my mark in history, I never heard of martin utill recently but I have got to learn that he is one tough lad who has been and seen it all. Im not gonna dout his skill because he’s a seasoned Pro.

 

Can you predict the outcome of your fight with Martin?

To be honest I cant predict the outcome. Its gonna be a case of heart and will against skill bit I wish him all the best and he has my upmost respect

Can you predict the outcome of Brad and Kev?

My prediction on the Brad and Kev fight is Kev wins. Not takin nothing away from Brad but Kevs been about and its gonna take a tough lad to go past the 1st round with him.

And, who do you see becoming the lightweight champion?

I can see Kev Bennett being the champion .. I love Kev but I know I might have to face him. I would prefer that I faced Brad as I took a loss to him and a rematch for the title well that would make my day. I know it would be another war of skills but I would defiantly work harder and take that win. But I respect and love brad also but if

If you were to take the win over Martin this would give you the title shot, who would you prefer to fight in the title fight? Brad Harris or Martin Conception

I would prefer that I faced Brad as I took a loss to him and a rematch for the title well that would make my day.

If you were to fight Brad Harris for the title how do you think this would go?

I know it would be another war of skills but I would defiantly work harder and take that win.

If you we to fight Kev Bennett how do you think this would go?

I was to fight Kev Bennet well all I can say is I would be sore the day after whatever the outcome I know i got heart so it would be like a fight to the death for me

And finally who would you most like to fight BKB from UBBAD fighters? And if you could choose anyone on the world to fight BKB against living or dead at the prime who would it be and why?

Who would I most like to face, well I got a few in mind but i’m gonna keep my mouth shut on this One . Thanks for your time Stu. 

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Well thanks for your time Sean, and I wish you the best of luck in your quest for the lightweight title, and I wish both you and Martin a safe fight

UBBAD Coventry 2 – 7th May 2016 – 14 Top Class Bare Knuckle Boxing Bouts

UBBAD Bare Knuckle Kings proudly present ‘Sent to Coventry 2’ an evening of TOP LEVEL, TOP Class Bare Knuckle Boxing.

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This is an all Bare Knuckle Boxing show as you would come to expect from UBBAD featuring 14, yes thats 14 top Bare Knuckle Bouts thats are guaranteed to be ALL THRILLERS and NO FILLERS!!

Tickets out now, order now from the UBBAD secure online ticket Portal www.bbadtv.com/tickets

UBBAD Six Page Feature In The Current Issue Of MMA Uncaged Magazine

The March / April issue of the fantastic MMA Uncaged magazine is out now with a six pages feature on UBBAD and Bare Knuckle Boxing, written by UBBAD Head of Media Stu Armstrong the article explores the origins of BKB and brings BKB up to date talking about the top level of fighters that now are at the pinnacle of BKB, by far the fastest growing sport in the UK.

With some amazing photographs from friend of UBBAD Paul Alexander Knox, the article covers the sanctioning body for the sport ‘The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’ as well as the amazing work and commitment show from UBBAD Chief Medical officer Bill Ellis and his team.

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The magazine is available now priced at only £3.95 from WH Smiths and other leading Newsagents or online fromhttp://www.mmauncagedmag.com/magazine
Big thanks to all at ‘HIT Media’ for publishing this article.
The futures bright, the future is UBBAD

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UBBAD Summer Sizzler

Just added to the UBBAD calendar is 25th June 2016, the UBBAD Summer Sizzler. This will be as always an epic show at an iconic boxing that will be announced very soon!!

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Watch this space and save the date, as always at UBBAD we deliver what we promise and deliver amazing shows with the worlds best fighters and the Summer Sizzler will be no different!

 UBBAD Wales is coming – March 26th bringing Bare Knuckle War to the Valley

March 26th see’s UBBAD return back to South Wales after the amazing welcome we received last time and the best atmosphere at any show to date.

Topping the bill is the Welsh Title fight Christian Evans vs Seth Jones and the co-main event of the evening see’s Jimmy Sweeney defend his Middleweight titles for the first time against Scott Midgley.

Order tickets now but be very quick as we are close to selling out!!

Order now from www,bbadtv.com/tickets 

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UBBAD truly go global

UBBAD has well and truly gone global with websites hits now from every country in the world, and some 95,000 hits in the last month alone

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Below we can see the top 10 locations, and dont forget to check out the website for yourself at www.bbadtv.com

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Bendigo Campaign gathers momentum with first fundraising event being held in Nottingham 28th Feb!!

The campaign ran by Nottingham man Ryan Drain to have a new statue of legendry Bare Knuckle Fighter, Bendigo’ in his home town of Nottingham is gathering momentum with the first fundraising event being held on February 28th.

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So, what can you do to help preserve Bendigo’s memory and to celebrate his life if you either can make in on the 28th are simply nowhere near Nottingham? Well why not pre-order one of these top quality Bendigo T-Shirts now by clicking here or pasting the URL below into your web browser

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http://bendigo.bigcartel.com/

Too Slick for an Interview? No getting off the hook for Nathan ‘Too Slick’ Leeson

Hi Nathen, hope your well and thanks for agreeing to do this interview.

First of all you have recently joined UBBAD and have had your first fight a few weeks ago at the Coventry BKB Supershow, what interested you into getting into BKB?
Well I was doing gloved boxing been on Eurosport won an English title for Queensbury league boxing ran by ross minter and i fell out of love with the sport .had a couple dodgy decisions which deprived me of winning a British title so I got lazy stopped training and then I was looking on youtube at bare knuckle and thought if it had weight categories I would like to have a go .i put a status on facebook and Mitch Austin Jim Freeman and Cyril Miller got in contact with me amongst a few others and I decided to go watch a show and see if i liked it and since watching it I’m hooked . I have the fire back in my belly!
And why did you choose to join UBBAD?

It’s simple UBBAD are the best out there there like the Ferrari of the car world
What is your background, were you involved in other combat sports before you stared your BKB career?

I started boxing when I was 20 as an amateur i had 15 fights 2 losses and was Midlands champ and national quarter finalist the lad i lost 2 won .I then got banned for doing unlicensed boxing and the ABA board of control found out I have had over 30 fights with 5 losses and 2 draws there are a couple results I would argue with on those loses but that’s another story .I then had a go at MMA and K1 but wasn’t successful, two cage loses and one K1 loss, I just stuck to my boxing
Come on why do they call you “Too Slick”?

Well Stu the reason they call me too slick is because i’m hard to hit ask the 1200 fans that witnessed me in Coventry
Your first fight at Coventry against the very tough Scott Midgley ended very quickly as a win for you, how did you feel about the way the fight went?

Well the fight went exactly how I planned on my part make him miss make him pay I told my friends before what I was going to do wait for the right hook step under it and make him pay it was executed perfectly im upset it didn’t last longer but there was nothing I could do about it. I respect Scotts decision and I respect Scott, I know he didn’t want to have to stop but would have been silly as his eye was damaged

I know that Scott wasn’t happy with the way that fight went, would there ever be a rematch do you think?

I will welcome a rematch with Scott at some point if he could come down to my weight or a catch weight .but at this moment in time I’m dropping down in weight and searching for gold im really excited about having the honour of sharing the ring with Kev Bennett or Martin Conception, in fact Sean George is another absolute warrior in that weight category im looking forward to facing in the future

Had you trained hard in the lead up to this fight, and did your training differ to that or Gloved boxing?

Honestly í didn’t train for the Midgley fight i watched the videos of him endlessly i new exactly what to do and that was stay heavy and duck those hooks and change my angle Midgley struggles against fighters who use angles he beats straight line fighters all day

Do you still fight gloved?

Funny you should say that since my last fight i have had a few offers at various titles but while I’m fresh fighting every 2 months there’s no need and selling 80 ticket or more every 2 months works out ok but if I started doing other shows it wont be a treat for my fans . BKB to the bone now

You will be fighting on March 26th at the UBBAD Wales, who will you be fighting and do you know much about your opponent?

I’m Fighting Mikie Barlow he’s experienced come forward brawler again I have watched him quite a few times ill tell you how I beat Mikkie Barlow feint my jab draw him out and counter with straight right over hand or uppercut i have a lot of shots to unlock his defence

Who would you most like to fight within UBBAD and why?

there are two Kev Bennett and Martin Conception and the reason is i have watched them as pros and to share a ring with then weather it’s a loss or a win is something I would love to cherish it’s the same as a Sunday league footballer getting to play against Davis Beckham or Alan shearer it’s a dream

Who would you most like to fight worldwide, living or dead at their prime?
Jimmy Saville in his prime maybe I could have served him some justice :-)

If you had one piece of advice for someone wanting to get into BKB what would it be?

Well don’t get hit

I believe that your moving down in weight, why is this?

I am moving down in weight as I boxed at 68 kgs just under 11 stone 13, to 14 stone is two weights above where I normally fight

And last but not least is there anything else you would like to say or anyone that you would like to mention?

I think you have covered everything mate, but there are loads of people I want to mention but here’s a few thank you to Cyril Miller, Mitch Austin, Jim Freeman Dove, shaun and Amanda Smith and yourself Stu for letting me be a part of this organisation.

Also thank you to each and every fighter who puts there body on the line, and thank you to the UBBAD fans because without you there is nothing, fans make this promotion what it is and thanks to all the people who help me out your know who you are . Thank you Stu.
Well my friend, thank you very much for your time and its great speaking to you as always and I look forward to seeing you in Wales in March.

 

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Exclusive first interview with UBBAD’s Jay Ferguson

Hi Jay, hope your well and thanks for agreeing to do this interview.

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First of all you have been with UBBAD for a little while now and have fought twice, what interested you into getting into BKB?

 

I’ve always been fighting but not constructively , BKB for me is the rawest and purist art form and separates men from the boys, anybody can be taught how to box,  anybody can be taught how to do MMA , but BKB is for a very special kind of man , honourable and fearless men.

 

And why did you choose to join UBBAD?

 

I chose you be UBBAD because I believe they are the leading bare knuckle fight company in the world. There paving the way for the purist art form

 

What is your background, were you involved in other combat sports before you stared your BKB career?

 

I have a little boxing background but manly mixed martial arts, although I haven’t completed I’ve been training on and off most of my adult life

 

Your first fight at Colwick Hall in Nottingham really was something to behold, I was chatting with you not long before getting into the ring and we were laughing and joking and then when you stepped into the squared circle you were a different animal all together as you took on Glenn Moore and picked up your first win. How did you feel about this victory on your first outing?

 

Well Glenn Moore is a tough lad, and someone I consider a friend, I like to be humble outside the ring and very aggressive inside I feel like it was a good victory for me although I was only getting started again so there is definitely more to come from me.

 

 

Had you trained hard in the lead up to this fight?

 

Honestly, I keep myself fit but didn’t do to much training before hand, now I’m dedicating myself to my fitness and boxing

 

Your second outing for UBBAD was a few weeks ago at the Coventry BKB super show against the very tough John Sweeney, and what a fight this was!! How did you feel the fight went?

 

It was a great fight and John was amazing tough and a humble gent, the run up towards the fight wasn’t great for me. I believe I had too many personal problems going on outside the ring to be able to excel myself fully inside the ring. I wasn’t happy with my fitness in the  run up to the fight , but that was my problem and no one else’s, I believe John and I gave the crowd what they wanted to see , A three round war.

 

You certainly both that alright

 

 

Were you disappointed in not getting the win?

Yes of course I was, at one point it gone either way , I feel like John was the better man towards the end  rounds and he  deserved his win

 

Like a say it was a hell of a fight between you and John, would you be looking for a rematch at some point?

 

Yes I would love a rematch at equal weight something to look out for in 2017, I think the crowd now know what to expect from me and John.

 

Who would you most like to fight within UBBAD and why?

 

I’m not too sure to be honest I fight who’s  in front of me , so many good fighters in Ubbad now it hard to say

 

Who would you most like to fight worldwide, living or dead at their prime?

Rich Franklin UFC veteran or my favourite boxer Sugar Ray Robinson I generally think both of them would tan my arse haha but never the less I’m the type of man to give it a go

 

 

Do you compete in gloved boxing or any other combat sports?

Not at the moment but I think later on in the year I would like to compete in MMA.

That’s where I think I  probably would be most effective because of my style

 

If you had one piece of advice for someone wanting to get into BKB what would it be?

 

Don’t lie to your self, be true to your self and respect every man that gets into that ring , because they all deserve it

 

Can we expect to see you in the ring again soon?

 

UBBAD fans will be seeing a lot more of me

 

I hope this is ok to mention as its something I have huge respect for you doing, when you walk out to the ring on every fight you wear around your neck some children’s high topped trainers, can you tell us why this is?

 

 

My children Kacey and George, there the only reason I fight , there my power and my soul, they are the only family I have left and I’ve not seen them in three years ,

I want to show them that I can be a better man than I was , I want them to look at me and say wow that was my dad, I want to show them that it doesn’t matter where you come from cuz you can be anything you want to be, I fight in there name the Ferguson name,  to make my father and my children pound , hoping it will make up for lost time

 

I am sure that when you do see them they will be very proud of you as their Dad, no matter if you fight or if you don’t. Huge respect though for what you do fighting for your Children, and it gets me every time i see you with those high-ups around your neck

 

And last but not least is there anything else you would like to say or anyone that you would like to mention?

 

I like to thank my dad Jamie Ferguson, my children Kacey Marie Ferguson and George James Ferguson, my sponsors and last but not least UBBAD fans for supporting me

 

Well my friend, thank you very much for your time and its great speaking to you as always and I look forward to seeing you in Wales in March.

 

 

UBBAD Coventry 2 – 7th May 2016 – 14 Top Class Bare Knuckle Boxing Bouts

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Stu Armstrong talks with UBBAD Middleweight Transatlantic Champion Billy ‘The Kid’ Martin

All the the way from the USA, UBBAD’s Middleweight Transatlantic Champion Billy ‘The Kid’ Martin, thanks for agreeing to the interview Billy

Thank you Stu glad to be apart of it.

First of all I know that you have a very extensive background in a number of combat sports, how did you first become involve in combat sports and at what age?

I’ve been fighting for eight years now I started when I was seventeen it was my first MMA fight and I knocked the guy out in like thirteen seconds.

I think most people that know you know that you have more belts than a belt shop, can you give us a breakdown of all of the titles that you hold please?

Hahaha that’s funny I have nineteen  belts in seven different weight classes I have belts form 135 pounds all the way to super heavy weight.

What first attracted you to Bare Knuckle Boxing, and how did you first become involved?

My first Bare Knuckle fight was against Corey Williams, I didn’t like him he didn’t like me, I wanted to hit him in the face.  I hadn’t lost in my home town in seven years and I wasn’t about to loose to a guy like corey. 

Hahaha, I think a lot of people feel like that Billy, they want to hit Corey in the face!

Last year you travelled to the UK to fight on a UBBAD show against Scott Midgley for the UBBAD Middlewieght Transatlantic Title against Scott Midgely, what did you think of the UK?

I came down last September I new that it wasn’t going to be an easy fight due to a lot of things.  Firstly Scotts I new if he hit me it was going to hurt, As you know in the fight game one punch can change everything so I had to use my accuracy and make sure that every punch I throw was on the button, Secondly was the crowed, I knew I was walking into his house and the crowed would boo me and cheer him I don’t care who you are if you have that many English people booing you it plays a toll and he third was the environment I had to adapt to my surroundings it was all a shock but I loved it in the UK its my second home.

What did you think of a UBBAD show in comparison with BKB shows in America?

I thought the UBBAD show was ten times better then the American BKB shows, it was put together real well good crowd

What did you think of the whole experience and your treatment from UBBAD? Did we look after you ok?

I thought the experience was great and me and my little brother Jason were treated with the utmost respect it was great we was taken very good care of

So, what has prompted your decision to fight exclusively for UBBAD in the UK as a contracted fighter?

That’s an easy question I want to be the best,  I work hard and I feel like I’m the next big thing and I feel like Joe and Jim can help me become the next big thing.

When can we expect to see you back fighting for us again in the UK?

Well i am coming back for the may fight were I will defend my belt and hopefully fight for more.

Who would your most like to fight in UBBAD, would you be looking towards Jimmy Sweeney the current UBBAD and WBKBC champion?

I am hoping for the winner of Jimmy Sweeney and Scott Midgley, if not give me the legend Dave Radford or even James McCrory

Jimmy has been unbeaten on his BKB Journey, if you were to fight Jimmy how would you handle his awkward style, and how do you think such a fight would end?

I see that Jimmy is undefeated but guess what so am I!!

To be the best you half to fight the best, I don’t think his style awkward I see it all the time in MMA so its very easy for me to adapt too, he didn’t switch stance he is forward and backward he is more of a counter fighter the real question is how will he match up to my style!

I can fight Orthodox, Southpaw I cut angles, I can find the chin any were in the ring, I train and fight 5  x 5 min rounds I’m a mile high above sea level that’s like five thousand some feet.  over in the UK a championship fight is 5 x 2 min rounds so I don’t get tired when I fight over seas.

Would you ever look at a rematch with Scott Midgely if this came about?

Oh yes I’d definitely have a rematch with Scott he is a great guy and a good fighter.         

Who would you have most liked to fight living or dead at their prime and why?

I would honestly love to fight Dave Radford I here he is a legend and everyone talks about him I’d like to be known as the LEGEND KILLER.    

He is, Dave a true gentleman and Legend

And your dream BKB bout to watch, who would this be between, 

I would love to see Ferry vs Kimbo

I would like to see that as well, the real deal all the way!

Would you say that there is a legitimate BKB scene in America?         

I don’t think there is a legitimate scene, I haven’t seen one anyway. Corey Williams says his is but the only place he has put a show on is the reservation

A question that is asked a lot is about Bare Knuckle Boxing in the USA and the legality of it, my understanding is that it is illegal with the exception of fighting on native American soil on a reserve, is this correct? If would be could to clear the matter up for BKB fans once and for all?

I’ve heard that too and I honestly don’t know, I no you can do it on the reservation and my town wants there to be sanctioning  body watching

When I met you last year at Colwick Hall in Nottingham my impression of you was a good one, a man that wanted to fight in the ring and conduct themselves as a gentleman out of the ring and I enjoyed chatting with you. The thing that struck me was you were great with all the UBBAD fans, happy to talk with them and have photos etc, what did you think of the UK BKB fans and the welcome and support that you were given by the fighters?

I love fans Stu, that’s a big part on why I fight, at first when I got booed I didn’t no what to think I didn’t know if i would have any fans. I’m a respectful guy inside and outside the ring and I feel like that’s what won me a lot  of fans. I love being able to take photos  with little kids and fans I wanna be that guy were a little kid says mom mom I wanna be like him I wanna be like Billy the kid Martin.
Moving on a little from just BKB, who is Billy Martin the Martin, not Billy Martin the fighter, can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well I’m a respectful guy like I said before I feel like you half to give respect to get it and that’s what I do , I love going out shooting and hanging out with my friends going boating. I still go to my high school and train with the wrestlers and my old coach so that’s real fun they look up to me.

         
I am sure you many as you seem to have a great sence of humoutr but c an you share with us a funny story or experience that you have been involved in over the years?

Hum a funny story ok well this one happend while me and Jason were in England. We went to the oldest pub I think it was called ‘Trip to Jerusalem’ and some guy was like I’ll make you a bet ,I bet you ten pounds I can drink three pints of beer before you can drink three shots.

The rules were I can’t touch his glass and he cant touch mine so I said ok lets do it!!

I ordered three shots of patron and we started drinking he chugged his first beer and I had my first shot down then I got my second shot down and before I could get my third he flipped his first  glass over my third shot and remember the rule was I can’t touch his glass ,so I thought dam this guy got me!!

Then all the sudden my brother grabbed his glass and lifted it off my shot and my brother said ” You said Billy can’t touch your glass you didn’t say anything about me not touching it” so I drank my 3rd shot and won ten pounds so that was funny lol he was so pissed off
  
 Is there anything else you would like to say or anyone you would like to mention?

Yeah, I like to give a big big thanks to Joe and Jim for adopting me in the UBBAD family I would also like to give a big shout out to my little brother Jason York without him I wouldn’t be were I am today.

And I  would like to thank my sponcers and thank you for taking your time out of your day to interview me , I would also like to give a special shout out to Scott Midgley and wish him the best of luck in his next fight against Sweeney.

 

Remember Scott keep that chin tucked and remember you beat Sweeney and you get may your shot at me agian, good luck brother can’t wate to see you in May drinks and girls are on you!!!! Wait, and one more sorry, but my buddy Milkey I’ll be seeing you in may for some training thank you for everything buddy, see you guys soon

         
Well thank you for a great interview Billy and I look forward to seeing you again soon, by the way say hello to your brother Jason from me, he is good guy!

 

 

Exclusive Interview with UBBAD Boss Joe Brown

 

Well here we go people an interview with the man himself, the man that doesn’t give very many interviews and also the man that has achieved more than anyone worldwide in the field of Bare Knuckle Boxing as well as being a good friend, ladies and gents I give you the Bossman himself Mr Joe Brown.

Morning Joe, thanks for agreeing to this interview, but I still will get you on video one of these days!!

Haha that will never happen mate and thank you for taking the time out for the interview Stu

First of all, the progress of UBBAD over the last year, well it’s nothing short of amazing. The growth of UBBAD as a company has been so rapid in what is still not the best economic climate in the UK, to what to attribute the success?

A lot of hard work mate a lot, it is all about team work and loyalty and trust!
That word is used a lot in all walks of life but not many know the true meaning of it, Shaun, Amanda smith and Jim dove we all work off each other and genuinely get on there is no egos and drama!!! You as Head of Media doing a great job, Scott Oldham and Gavin Swinscoe all people I trust and we all work well and get things done!!

Making history yet again, in August UBBAD will be the first ever BKB promotion to put on a show at the home of English Boxing, London’s York Hall. This is huge and any boxing fan will know just what a special venue this is, but also it will be the first BKB show held in a British Board of Boxing Control sanctioned venue. How are you feeling about that?

Yes amazing, again that is down to Gavin and Scott again they don’t get credit but that’s all about them behind the scenes top lads.
I totally agree there, two great friends of mine Gavin and Scott and are the ‘unsung heroes’ of UBBAD

We have promoted shows in some amazing venues over the last year, my all-time favourite is Colwick Hall in Nottingham. What has been your favourite venue to date?

Great question and I love them all that’s genuine and as a fan the fights are amazing, but if I had to pick one it had to be Wales!! The atmosphere was amazing and we were treated like kings

Since you took over UBBAD, what 18 months or so ago what has been in your opinion the best fight that has taken place?
A great question again, people won’t believe this but I don’t get to watch many of the fights because fight nights it’s all systems go, but one that sticks out to me is Billy vs Jdogg the double knockout and it’s had over 1 million hits on YouTube

One of my favourites as well, I will never forget doing the commentary for the live stream and when they both went down I didn’t know what was going on and for a split second I honestly thought someone had thrown a drink or something into the ring and they had slipped

Of late UBBAD have made some huge signings of new contracted fighters, and have also given some of the existing UBBAD fighters long term contracts, why do you think it’s important to have contracted fighters?

It shows the fighters that we trust in them and it shows us that the fighter trusts in us, pure and simple it’s a loyalty thing that means everything to me loyalty!!

On social media and other sources I have often heard you referred to as “Joe Brown – The Man that saved BKB”, would you agree with that?

Lmao I am way to humble to answer that pmsl I will let others say if that’s the case

I know that at UBBAD we have a great team in addition to yourself and the fighters, some of them are what I would call ‘Unsung Heroes” who work in the background to facilitate all that is needed for a UBBAD show, and to ensure its full legal, above board and most important safe. Who are the UBBAD team and what do they do?

As answers before Bro

A question that I am asked a lot be fans as well as fighters is will UBBAD be streaming shows live on Pay per View again anytime soon? (I think they miss my beautiful voice on the commentary to be honest)

Yes for sure that will happen again, I wasn’t happy with the quality so I’m looking for a good company of which we may have found one now
Great news, I cant wait to get back on the mic!

As we all know there is a lot of slagging off directed at UBBAD, and to yourself personally from other BKB promotions, I don’t want to get into all that but what do you think makes UBBAD different to any other promotion?

Doing not saying pure and simple, as a partner in UBBAD it’s important I don’t get involved in drama and name calling I see that now, the thing that makes us different to others is we do and don’t say and don’t do, I have seen the same people saying big news coming and talking to big TV companies for over two years now and still nothing.
I have seen others have one show a year, say minimum ten BKB fights but they have one and have fifty fans there, and still the same year after year!!
Not at UBBAD we do it, we will always do it that’s why we break and broke every record in BKB history in such a sort time

Where do you see UBBAD in a year from now?
Selling out 2000 plus venues

I would agree, we are actually not that far away

Where do you see UBBAD five years from now?

Football stadiums and maybe bigger

Where do you see UBBAD ten years from now?

At my age, if I’m still alive Los Vegas baby In fact bigger London and Wembley

UBBAD are signed up to the external sanctioning body for Bare Knuckle Boxing, ‘The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’, why do you value being part of this governing body and what do you think fighters get from it?

It lays foundation and rules, we all know UBBAD are years ahead but it’s important not to get to carried away and do what and as we please, that’s why we signed to the WBKBC because it sets rules we have to work under

An exciting development was announced last night with quality fighter Luke Atkin joining the UBBAD family by signing as a UBBAD contracted fighter, how did this come about as I am aware he previously fought for CMS?

Luke put up on social media that he was now freelance that’s when I thought I’ll approach him simple as that really, the lad can fight and wants the best fights so it’s a simple choice for both!!
Luke has fought once in BKB and  people forget that was a UBBAD show lol

If someone would like to join UBBAD as a fighter how would they do this?
Contact me

Do you have any other big signings up your sleeve that you can let us in on?
Many but won’t name till 100%

If there anyone out there that maybe reading this who you would like to welcome into the UBBAD family and sign as a contracted fight?

Frank Bruno lol
Come on Frank, you know it makes sence and I will even change my name to Harry, “You know what I mean!!”

And finally, is there anything else that you would like to say or anyone you would like to mention?
Thank you to all the fans that pay good money to support the sport of BKB and UBBAD and the fighters who are amazing top guys, they really are

Well Boss, as always great talking to and thanks for a great interview, I will see you next month at UBBAD Wales!!

Bare Knuckle Boxing returns to Wales

Time is moving along in 2016, already we have had one amazing show back in January from UBBAD but never fear it’s not long to wait until the next. In little over a month for the second time UBBAD invade the valleys for UBBAD Wales 2.

Held at the same location as the last, Rocks Bar in Pantside, Newbridge anyone who was at the last show will tell you that we had a packed house, in fact packed to the rafters and talk about atmosphere? There was nothing like it, for fans, fighters and staff alike.

We had a packed fight card at the last Wales show for you with Andy Price vs Christian Evans at the top of Bill, but on this show dare I say we have an even better fight card for you.

Once again the Wales Team Captain Christian Evans tops the bill as the main event of the evening as he takes on fellow Welshman and UBBAD favourite Seth ‘The Bangor Hammer’ Jones for the coveted UBBAD Welsh Title.

If you have seen any of Christian of Seth’s previous bouts then one thing is sure, they both come to fight, and fight they do.

The Welsh title is one of two title fights on the night with the second being the eagerly awaited ‘Grudge Match’ between UBBAD and WBKBC Middleweight Champion Jimmy ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sweeney and his nemesis Scott ‘The Pretty Boy’ Midgely.

Sweeney who is coming off the back of being unbeaten straight with six straight wins, his last being against Wales Team captain Christian Evans where he managed to pick up his two title straps, and Midgely coming of the back of two losses after his Transatlantic dreams were dashed by American Billy Martin, and then back in January taking a loss against BKB debutant Nathan Leeson.

Both of these men want the win and want the win badly, and this will be a title shot for Midgely the England team captain, and Sweeney’s first defence of his belts.

As with the last show we have some amazing Team England vs Team Wales fights on the undercard, as well as many others including.

 

England vs Wales BKB National Championships

Marky vs Foreman

Taylor vs Armitage

Smith vs Burton

Osman vs Spencer

Coker vs Wheeldon

Barlow vs Leeson

 

Non England vs Wales Fights

Richie Glaysher vs Paul Knight

 

Title Fights

Evans vs Jones – UBBAD Welsh Title

Sweeney vs Midgley – UBBAD & WBKBC Middleweight Title

 

Team Captains

England – Scott Midgley

Wales Christian Evans

 

Tickets £40 from www.bbadtv.com/tickets

Pretty Boy talks UBBAD Wales and return to winning ways

Hi Scott, good to talk to you and thanks for agreeing to this brief interview.

No problem mate iv always got time for my UBBAD family

First of all you must be disappointed in not getting then win last month in Coventry against debutant Bare Knuckler Nathan Leeson, can you talk us through the fight?

Yeh really gutted how the fight ended and seriously upset with myself as iv fought with far far worst injuries in fact I came into the Ross fight carrying a worst injury.  But I just panicked as I pretty much went blind strait away.  I didn’t know what had happened or what was going on. I didn’t know if my eye was pushed back or hanging out that’s what went through my head strait away.  And because it was so early in the fight if I’d of carried on it could of been permanent blindness or been beaten up and made yo look shit by someone I believe I’d beat 10 times out of 10. My vision didn’t come back until 10 minutes after I was in the locker room. I did think the fight was going to be a good fight too as Nathan was very slick and his footwork was fantastic but from start to finish I thought as soon as I catch him right he’s going to sleep. In fact there was a point I had him in the corner and throwing and what went through my head was this is going to be an early night as soon as I can’t you ya slippery little shit lol little did I know yes it was going to be an early night but for a crap reason lol iv had my eye looked at my specialist and it’s fine now. Iv no lasting damage but I 100% know I made the right choice. If it would of been a little later in the fight my pride would of made me carry on and I’m so glad it wasn’t because it could of ended seriously bad for my eye. I remember shaun saying to me do I want more time I said fuck that get me to the medic to get this looked at lol

In hindsight would you have done anything differently?

I’d of not done anything differently it was a freak accident and one of them one in a million chance things.i felt my boxing was enough to close him down and my power was way too much for him. So I’m confidant I’d win that fight every time. But I know Nathan would make it hard for me to catch him as he’s a fantastic boxer.
Will you be looking for a rematch with Nathan?

Yes absolutely iv asked for it a few times but he’s moving down in weight send iv got a few big fights at the 14 stone limit maybe even try put some beef on and have a cracking at 15 stone before I move down. I am very light for my weight I came in under 13 stone for that fight which was lighter than Nathan and I will drop to 12 but iv got a couple more fights up at this weight first then ill drop down and fight Nathan at a lighter weight as that’s were he’s going to be fighting from now on.

So big news is you up and coming fight with someone you don’t exactly see eye to eye with, Jimmy Sweeney, would you call this a grudge match?

He said its not but it clearly is. We have both been wanting to fight each other for over 6 months. We don’t get on and we don’t see eye to eye. Bad words have been said and we clearly want to shut each other up. That’s the bottom line.

What exactly is the cause of the friction between you and Jimmy? Your both top blokes so I just don’t get it?

It started a while back after I did a interview with you.  I think you asked about Christian and Sweeney as well as some other fighters and I said there all good but I’m confidant I can knock them out. He took offence to me saying that.  I believe I can knock any man out full stop and believe I can also be knocked out either the right shot.if I didn’t think I could beat the guys in my division the the hell am I doing here then if I believe I’m gonna get beat up.  And if you take offence to me saying I believe I can beat other people then you need to get thicker skin because this is a man sport and we all have egos, pride and honour to fight for.  Then after that he came out with an interview what was to me very personal very rude and made him self look a tit. And a hell of a lot of people,  fighter and fans all thought the same. I just put a smiley face and laughing faces on his interview. Then his family all jumped on the band wagon and it escalated from there.  Thing is with me I’m not one to hold my tongue or fist if I think someone is chatting shit. We all know the saying ” chat shit , get banged ” simple. So I was a bit pissed at first and while most of the things were coming from Sweeney’s family he would pop up and make a smart comment or cocky comment. I was going to call him strait out at Coventry but with the way my fight ended I didn’t believe I has that right.  I told Sweeney him self that’s what I was gonna do because I wanted to shut him up. And he said he would still love to fight me to prove he can go toe to tie with me and shut me up about calling him a good boxer not a good fighter. So that’s why we are having this fight.  I even said I doesn’t even after put the belts on the line I just want to cracking him on the jaw lol we did have a good talk after Coventry and most things were put to bed.he told me what he didn’t like me saying and I told him what pissed me off. We actually get on ok now maybe because we know once this fight is over its all put to bed. As a person I can’t say I was liking what I was from him. As a fighter I respect him and his accomplishments no doubt.
Did you want to fight Jimmy in particular or is it more the title shot that you’re interested in?

I actually wanted the rematch with Nathan as I believe it wasn’t even a fight so just wanted to finish that off. But I’d already agrees to fight him before Coventry win or lose from either so it was already a done deal to fight him.

Jimmy has had an amazing year in Bare Knuckle and remains unbeaten, what do you think makes you different to Jimmy’s other opponents that will get you the win?

With out been disrespectful to any of his opponents but no one has actually thrown anything at him. His only decent opponent was Evans but I spoke to Evans that day and me and my make both noticed how drained he was.  He’s normally hypo and giddy but he seemed drained and I knew he has just lost a stone that week to make weight so I believe he cut and dehydrated too much.his other opponents were mad dog who loves a fight but hates getting punched then that tom kid who was about 11st then Jon who just lost to Donald and some lad you got a couple of hours before he fought him. So to me Evans was his only decent opponent.thats not saying Sweeney isn’t say good I’m just saying iv not seen him been tested yet or in a hard fight. I will come strait forward and have a fight.  Iv very tough so I can’t see it been a early night like he’s used to.and because of my last one your gonna after cut off both my hands to stop this fight
Do you have a game plan for Jimmy?

Yeh punch him more than he punches me and harder and faster than he throws too lol that’s about as far as I’ll be thinking.  We are in a small 12 ft ring so not much boxing will be going on. This is were I’m best at so he’s coming into my world and going toe to toe. He says he’s also good at brawling too.well that’s great because it makes for an exciting fight not a bore fest.

As we know it’s a small ring in Wales, do you think that this will help you?

It can only favour me. Sweeny is a better boxer on paper no doubt and he’s a very good counter puncher.  But this is my world.  I hit hard very hard and once I let my hands go there very fast for my size so let’s see who has the better hands and tougher chin because we are going to hit each other a lot
How is your training going for Sweeney, are you training harder or differently than you previous fights?

I’m training the same as my fight with Billy Martin , I’m not carrying any hand injuries for the first time so I slipped strait back into training well.

Can you call the fight, who wins, how and when?

If Sweeney can out brawl me and knock me out who is known for having a good chin and tested time and time before then I will take my hat off to him and say he’s the full package and the best in the world. But I seriously seeing me beating him up and knocking him out. I’d actually like it to go about 4 rounds so it’s a fight the fans talk about.  I’m not coming out all guns blazing I want to walk in the middle of that ring shake his and and just stand there and trade.
If you take the win over Jimmy you will be the WBKBC and UBBAD Middleweight Champion, what would this mean to you?

Nothing much than to putting a rivalry to bed and ending it. The fight what meant most to me was the Billy Martin fight I really thought that was going to be a classic and really don’t like the way it ended. But it’s done with and if I beat Sweeney then me and Billy will get to finish off what we started.  If you look at my loses no one as yet come in and beat me up and won them self’s.  The Aaron fight I wasn’t really wining that fight but I did have a snapped ankle so gotta give me some credit for still knocking him down and making it a real fight.  With one leg.the Billy fight I was the better fighting when we engaged and he was the more accurate puncher so that could of been anyone’s fight as he at no point was beating me up he just caught me with some clean punches. And that’s what makes him such a good experienced fight. I’m may of kept getting dropped by them punches but because they were doing no damage he would of won on points or may be verb the first guy to finish me him shelf or may be I’d of carried on with my onslaught and bear him up and knocked him out who knows. Then the Nathan fight were I git my eyes pushed into my head and couldn’t see seconds into the fight. So no one have really beat me up yet.but people who are casual fans just look what’s on paper and go oh he’s not lost yet so he must be great and he’s lost so he can’t be good.   may be Sweeney is the man to do it. All ill say is he’s gonna know he’s into a hard fight that night

Again if you take the win who would you be looking at for your first title defence?

By the sounds of it it will be Billy Martin. And the winner of us facing Radford.  That’s what I’m hearing. But I don’t know if I want to fight dave anymore. Iv become very very close to him and still idolise the man. So it would after be what ALL the fans want or ill move down in weight. To me dave is number one until one of us beats him.iv no desire to be the man at our weight to beat him.but if it’s what the fans want and I know dave wants the hardest fights and he knows I could to fight then we will see but I’m not looking into tomorrow never mind after Sweeney or Billy.
And if you don’t take the win, who would you be looking to fight next?

If I don’t get the win there’s the loser or winner of Evans and seth or move strait down and rematch Nathan.  But I’m telling you I do not plan on anything but the win no matter how hard or deep I after dig.

Anything you would like to say to Jimmy?

Good luck mate hope we both come out in no long lasting injuries and shake hands and have a good drink and a laugh after because nothing sorts a beef out like a good fight lol
And finally anything else that you would like to add.

Yes I would like to thank my sponsor www.toplineltd.co.uk for there’s support and sponsor. They really really helped me out to prepare for Nathan and a massive thank you to Joe brown. Me and Joe are close and always have been from the first show he took over in Wales in Holyhead nearly 2 years ago. Amanda and shaun are like family to me and I love them both to bits. Jim is one hard working guy who seriously needs a massive pat on his back for getting these fights together.  And a massive thank you to my main man Lee Drewett for doing my walk out song.  It lasted longer than my fight and was more entertaining so thank you brother you truly are a UBBAD man through and through. I’d love to thank my training partner and mates Brendan and Ginner for all the help they give me and Nigel at planet fitness as he loves what I do and that gym as moulded me into the fighter I am.so thank you guys for your support x

Well Scott as always great talking to you and I wish both you and Jimmy a safe fight in March

Exclusive interview with UBBAD & WBKBC Middleweight Champ Jimmy Sweeney

Well what can I say after your last Perfoamce, congratulations Champ I think would fit the bill Jimmy.
How does it feel to be the Middleweight UBBAD and World Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion, it’s a huge achievement?

Yeah it feels good being champ and it’s an honour being champion of such a massive bkb promotion and being the first WBKBC middleweight champion. But that’s just half the job done Stu the next bit is staying champion.
How did you feel about your fight with Christian Evans for the titles? Obviously you took the win but did it go how you wanted it to?
I absolutely loved that fight with my good friend Christian and not because of how it ended but because the ways it was fought and that first round particularly with the boxing skill that was displayed by both of us. I 100% thought it was going to go the distance because Christians such a tough lad with a great heart but he got caught with a brilliant shot that would have put anyone down.
Would there ever be a rematch on the cards?

Rematch? Only if he promises not to KO me lol. Yeah I’d give him a rematch of course he deserves one.
Well never stopping you’re up and fighting again in March at the Wales show against Scott Midgely, I think everyone knows that there is no love lost between you both, would it be fair to call this a grudge match?

No this is just another fight for nothing more he’s just another person in my way that I have to deal with. Look a lot of shit has been said by both of us in the last few months which kind of got out of hand at some points but we had a good chat after the last show and just put all that shit behind us.
What actually is the cause of the friction between you and Scott? You’re both top blokes so I just don’t get it if I am honest?

I think he feels threatened by my good looks ha-ha. To me I think and I could be wrong but he was the star in BKB before I came in to it and I’m not saying I’m a star or anything but people started taking notice of this Irish guy that could fight and a lot of people started talking about me and less of him. But as I said I could be wrong and apologise if I am. But one thing I do know it didn’t come from me
As you will know the ring at Wales will be a small 14ft ring, do you think that this will help or hinder you against Scott?

It’s a 12ft ring that I asked for I should add. The size of the ring doesn’t bother me in the slightest especially since I brawl better than I box but my brawling is controlled and not wild like most. I’m expecting a good tough fight for this as Scott’s coming off a couple of losses and he wants to get back to winning ways and to be fair if he has any chance of beating me it’s in the small ring and he knows that so he’s going to be up for it.
Do you have a game plan for Scott?
I don’t do game plans Stu. I’ll go in and suss him out for a few sec and take it from there. A lot of think touch of game plans then we they don’t work they lose the head but with me I like to adapt to whatever an opponent throws at me in a ring
How is training going, I have spoken with some of your family recently and they tell me that you haven’t reached even half of your potential yet, would you agree?

Yeah I’d agree with that. I’m starting to really take this serious now and I’m training hard and sorted my diet but I’m still a long way off to where I want to be but I’m getting there and that’s there to see with every fight I’ve had ye can see my physique is changing and I’m getting sharper I’m moving better I’m thinking more in there. Me at my best is going to be scary please believe me.
Well this will be your first title defence, who would you be looking to defend against next if you win the fight with Scott?

The fight that I would really like is James McCrory at the York Hall in August now that would be special. Me and Jimmy have often talked about sharing a ring and even though it may never happen I will still try my best to make it happen

If the McCrory fight was to go ahead would you like it to be for an Irish Title?

Just to share the ring with my good pal Jimmy would be enough, but an Irish title on the line, well that really would be something else!
And if you lose? It won’t just be a fight it will be the titles that you lose, what would be next for you?

Loosing isn’t an option for me especially in bkb it’s just one of them things that can’t happen and if the day comes it does I’ll retire simple.

Anything that you would like to say to Scott?

I’d just like to wish Scott all the best with his training and the fight and I know it’s going to be a great war and I’m looking forward to it.

And finally anything else you would like to say?
I would just like to thank Joe, Jim, Shaun, Amanda for all the support they give to all the fighters not just me. Steven Miller for his continuing supper and yourself Stu my friend.

To all the fans for their support its appreciated. My family for all their support. Thank you everyone.

Support Stu that’s Support, don’t put Supper!!
Well thanks for your time great talking to you as always and I wish both you and Scott a safe fight.

Exclusive first interview with UBBAD’s Jay Ferguson

12642652_522412407920709_1973726055065676997_nHi Jay, hope your well and thanks for agreeing to do this interview.

First of all you have been with UBBAD for a little while now and have fought twice, what interested you into getting into BKB?

I’ve always been fighting but not constructively , BKB for me is the rawest and purist art form and separates men from the boys, anybody can be taught how to box, anybody can be taught how to do MMA , but BKB is for a very special kind of man , honourable and fearless men.

And why did you choose to join UBBAD?

I chose you be UBBAD because I believe they are the leading bare knuckle fight company in the world. There paving the way for the purist art form

What is your background, were you involved in other combat sports before you stared your BKB career?

I have a little boxing background but manly mixed martial arts, although I haven’t completed I’ve been training on and off most of my adult life

Your first fight at Colwick Hall in Nottingham really was something to behold, I was chatting with you not long before getting into the ring and we were laughing and joking and then when you stepped into the squared circle you were a different animal all together as you took on Glenn Moore and picked up your first win. How did you feel about this victory on your first outing?

Well Glenn Moore is a tough lad, and someone I consider a friend, I like to be humble outside the ring and very aggressive inside I feel like it was a good victory for me although I was only getting started again so there is definitely more to come from me.

Had you trained hard in the lead up to this fight?

Honestly, I keep myself fit but didn’t do to much training before hand, now I’m dedicating myself to my fitness and boxing

Your second outing for UBBAD was a few weeks ago at the Coventry BKB super show against the very tough John Sweeney, and what a fight this was!! How did you feel the fight went?

It was a great fight and John was amazing tough and a humble gent, the run up towards the fight wasn’t great for me. I believe I had too many personal problems going on outside the ring to be able to excel myself fully inside the ring. I wasn’t happy with my fitness in the run up to the fight , but that was my problem and no one else’s, I believe John and I gave the crowd what they wanted to see , A three round war.

You certainly both did that alright

Were you disappointed in not getting the win?
Yes of course I was, at one point it gone either way , I feel like John was the better man towards the end rounds and he deserved his win

Like a say it was a hell of a fight between you and John, would you be looking for a rematch at some point?

Yes I would love a rematch at equal weight something to look out for in 2017, I think the crowd now know what to expect from me and John.

Who would you most like to fight within UBBAD and why?

I’m not too sure to be honest I fight who’s in front of me , so many good fighters in Ubbad now it hard to say

Who would you most like to fight worldwide, living or dead at their prime?
Rich Franklin UFC veteran or my favourite boxer Sugar Ray Robinson I generally think both of them would tan my arse haha but never the less I’m the type of man to give it a go

Do you compete in gloved boxing or any other combat sports?
Not at the moment but I think later on in the year I would like to compete in MMA. That’s where I think I probably would be most effective because of my style

If you had one piece of advice for someone wanting to get into BKB what would it be?

Don’t lie to your self, be true to your self and respect every man that gets into that ring , because they all deserve it

Can we expect to see you in the ring again soon?

UBBAD fans will be seeing a lot more of me

I hope this is ok to mention as its something I have huge respect for you doing, when you walk out to the ring on every fight you wear around your neck some children’s high topped trainers, can you tell us why this is?

My children Kacey and George, there the only reason I fight , there my power and my soul, they are the only family I have left and I’ve not seen them in three years , I want to show them that I can be a better man than I was , I want them to look at me and say wow that was my dad, I want to show them that it doesn’t matter where you come from cuz you can be anything you want to be, I fight in there name the Ferguson name, to make my father and my children pound , hoping it will make up for lost time

I am sure that when you do see them they will be very proud of you as their Dad, no matter if you fight or if you don’t. Huge respect though for what you do fighting for your Children, and it gets me every time i see you with those high-ups around your neck

And last but not least is there anything else you would like to say or anyone that you would like to mention?

I like to thank my dad Jamie Ferguson, my children Kacey Marie Ferguson and George James Ferguson, my sponsors and last but not least UBBAD fans for supporting me

Well my friend, thank you very much for your time and its great speaking to you as always and I look forward to seeing you in Wales in March.

Too Slick for an Interview? No getting off the hook for Nathan ‘Too Slick’ Leeson

Hi Nathen, hope your well and thanks for agreeing to do this interview.

First of all you have recently joined UBBAD and have had your first fight a few weeks ago at the Coventry BKB Supershow, what interested you into getting into BKB?

Well I was doing gloved boxing been on Eurosport won an English title for Queensbury league boxing ran by ross minter and i fell out of love with the sport .had a couple dodgy decisions which deprived me of winning a British title so I got lazy stopped training and then I was looking on youtube at bare knuckle and thought if it had weight categories I would like to have a go .i put a status on facebook and Mitch Austin Jim Freeman and Cyril Miller got in contact with me amongst a few others and I decided to go watch a show and see if i liked it and since watching it I’m hooked . I have the fire back in my belly!
And why did you choose to join UBBAD?

It’s simple UBBAD are the best out there there like the Ferrari of the car world
What is your background, were you involved in other combat sports before you stared your BKB career?

I started boxing when I was 20 as an amateur i had 15 fights 2 losses and was Midlands champ and national quarter finalist the lad i lost 2 won .I then got banned for doing unlicensed boxing and the ABA board of control found out I have had over 30 fights with 5 losses and 2 draws there are a couple results I would argue with on those loses but that’s another story .I then had a go at MMA and K1 but wasn’t successful, two cage loses and one K1 loss, I just stuck to my boxing
Come on why do they call you “Too Slick”?

Well Stu the reason they call me too slick is because i’m hard to hit ask the 1200 fans that witnessed me in Coventry
Your first fight at Coventry against the very tough Scott Midgley ended very quickly as a win for you, how did you feel about the way the fight went?

Well the fight went exactly how I planned on my part make him miss make him pay I told my friends before what I was going to do wait for the right hook step under it and make him pay it was executed perfectly im upset it didn’t last longer but there was nothing I could do about it. I respect Scotts decision and I respect Scott, I know he didn’t want to have to stop but would have been silly as his eye was damaged

I know that Scott wasn’t happy with the way that fight went, would there ever be a rematch do you think?

I will welcome a rematch with Scott at some point if he could come down to my weight or a catch weight .but at this moment in time I’m dropping down in weight and searching for gold im really excited about having the honour of sharing the ring with Kev Bennett or Martin Conception, in fact Sean George is another absolute warrior in that weight category im looking forward to facing in the future

Had you trained hard in the lead up to this fight, and did your training differ to that or Gloved boxing?

Honestly í didn’t train for the Midgley fight i watched the videos of him endlessly i new exactly what to do and that was stay heavy and duck those hooks and change my angle Midgley struggles against fighters who use angles he beats straight line fighters all day

Do you still fight gloved?

Funny you should say that since my last fight i have had a few offers at various titles but while I’m fresh fighting every 2 months there’s no need and selling 80 ticket or more every 2 months works out ok but if I started doing other shows it wont be a treat for my fans . BKB to the bone now

You will be fighting on March 26th at the UBBAD Wales, who will you be fighting and do you know much about your opponent?

I’m Fighting Mikie Barlow he’s experienced come forward brawler again I have watched him quite a few times ill tell you how I beat Mikkie Barlow feint my jab draw him out and counter with straight right over hand or uppercut i have a lot of shots to unlock his defence

Who would you most like to fight within UBBAD and why?

there are two Kev Bennett and Martin Conception and the reason is i have watched them as pros and to share a ring with then weather it’s a loss or a win is something I would love to cherish it’s the same as a Sunday league footballer getting to play against Davis Beckham or Alan shearer it’s a dream

Who would you most like to fight worldwide, living or dead at their prime?
Jimmy Saville in his prime maybe I could have served him some justice :-)

If you had one piece of advice for someone wanting to get into BKB what would it be?

Well don’t get hit

I believe that your moving down in weight, why is this?

I am moving down in weight as I boxed at 68 kgs just under 11 stone 13, to 14 stone is two weights above where I normally fight

And last but not least is there anything else you would like to say or anyone that you would like to mention?

I think you have covered everything mate, but there are loads of people I want to mention but here’s a few thank you to Cyril Miller, Mitch Austin, Jim Freeman Dove, shaun and Amanda Smith and yourself Stu for letting me be a part of this organisation.

Also thank you to each and every fighter who puts there body on the line, and thank you to the UBBAD fans because without you there is nothing, fans make this promotion what it is and thanks to all the people who help me out your know who you are . Thank you Stu.
Well my friend, thank you very much for your time and its great speaking to you as always and I look forward to seeing you in Wales in March.

 

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Will it be Knights Night, or a Victory for ‘The Ace’

The UBBAD Wales show is shaping up very nicely and now added to the mix we have a heavyweight clash as we see the welcome return of Paul Knight who will take on ‘The Ace’ Richie Glaysher on the March 26th Show.

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Knight has been out of the ring since his clash with Billy Hawthorn at UBBAD New Blood last summer at Kettering Town FC and is looking to get back in and climb the BKB ladder.

Glaysher also is looking to progress through the ranks in what will be his third Bare Knuckle bout, his last outing being against the ‘Real Deal’ Michael Ferry in a fight that didn’t go his way, which is something Paul Knight also experianced back in November 2014 at Bradford.

Who will be the ultimate dragon in the Welsh title fight set for March?

Fans of BKB will certainly know the names of Christian Evans and Seth Jones, two proud Welsh warriors that excel in the field of BKB.

The scene is set for a battle of epic proportions on March 26th when these two Welsh fighters see just who comes up to scratch and becomes the pride of Wales by winning the UBBAD Welsh Title.

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Jones has been out of the ring for over a year now, his last fight being in November 2014 where he unsuccessfully took Dave Radford for the British Middleweight Title which ended in a win for Radford after a very tough fight by way of KO.

Evans, was last out in January in his world middleweight title fight onslaught against Jimmy Sweeny which didn’t go Evans way and saw a loss by second round KO

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Hawthorn to take on Hearn after a battle of words

After a weekend of abuse on social media by ex pro Jamie Hearn, the unbeaten Bare Knuckle favourite Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn (6-0) is set to go toe to toe in the ring with Hearn on May 7th at the second Coventry UBBAD BKB super show.

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Hearn who is an ex professional boxer and mixed martial artist has been relentless in his stream of insults to Hawthorn on social media for the past few days, on speaking to Hawthorn and asking what he knows about Hearn’s history he was quoted as saying “I don’t follow has been’s”

This will be the first Bare Knuckle bout for Hearn who’s professional boxing record stands at 11 wins, 5 by way of knockout and 8 losses, 5 of those being by way of knockout and one draw. As yet Hearn has been unavailable for comment.

Fans of BKB are positively salivating on the prospect of this match and as always people will be wondering if Hearn can transfer his boxing skills to Bare Knuckle, something which not all ex pro boxers can do.

The bookies and fans firm favourite  in Hawthorn to win by KO first round but only time will tell.

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Don’t forget tickets are also available from the same link for UBBAD Wales on March 26th.

UBBAD announce August show at Londons York Hall – Now thats what i call mainstream!

We are very proud to announce that UBBAD will be holding a Bare Knuckle Boxing show in August in ‘The Home of British Boxing’ the world famous venue in Bethnal Green, London, The York Hall!

As many people will know the York hall for many years has always featured in the top 6 best boxing venues worldwide and is world famous for host bouts with some of the worlds biggest name in boxing.

This is also a HUGE step forward for BKB and UBBAD as this is the first ever Bare Knuckle Boxing event that has been allowed to be staged in a venue that is fully approved and sanctioned by The British Board of Boxing Control.

Making the announcement earlier today on social media, UBBAD’s Joe Brown was quoted as saying “Now thats what you call mainstream”.

This is a huge leap forward for the sport and one that the team at UBBAD have worked very hard to achieve for some time.

Fighters and fans alike are already very excited to see BKB come to such a prestigious and mainstream boxing venue as Londons York Hall.

The future of BKB is bright, the future of BKB is UBBAD!!

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Opened in 1929 by the Duke of York this magnificent gem is a veritable blank canvas that opens up endless possibilities to create a truly bespoke event.  With plenty of natural light, warm wooden walls and flooring and an eye catching balcony York Hall offers an endless array of possibilities.

Stepping into this grand neo-Georgian grade II listed building your eyes are immediately drawn to the splendour of the 8 skylight arched windows that form the ceiling and the plethora of original features that make this venue the jewel in East London’s crown.

York Hall offers a range of meeting rooms alongside the large Main Hall, which provides the flexibility to host a variety of events including weddings, fashion shows, Christmas parties, vintage fairs and live events; such as comedy nights, auctions, gigs and music events.

The leisure and Spa facilities offer a relaxing extra to your booking, or a perfect filming location.

Originally opening as a Turkish bathhouse, the hall established itself as the home of British boxing, gaining international notoriety and being voted the 6th best place in the world to watch live boxing; making it truly outstanding for Sporting events.

Located only a few minutes walk from both Bethnal Green Tube and National Rail stations; along with links to the A12 and City of London; York Hall has easy transport links to Central and Greater London.

Bang Bang to take on Hearn

Much has been said over the last few days about a possible matchup between the unbeaten Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn (6-0) and a newcomer to UBBAD and BKB James Hearn. Well UBBAD love nothing more to give the fans the fights that you want to see, so we are very pleased to announce that after discussions with both fighters Hawthorn will take on Hearn in May at Coventry.

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This no doubt will be a cracker of a fight with guaranteed fireworks, we all know Billy at UBBAD and what he has achieved in BKB but has he met his match in the experienced ex-pro Hearn?

All eyes will be on Coventry in May to see a real battle between two very experienced fighters.

Midgely retires to leave Leeson the victor

In the clash between experienced ex world title contender Scott Midgely and BKB debutant Nathan Lesson, Midgely had to retire early into the first round after some lightning fast punches from Leeson causing problems to Midgely’s eye leaving him with temporary blurred vision and leaving  Leeson with his first win.

Evans gracious in defeat as Sweeney takes Middleweight World Title

HUNDREDS of bare-knuckle boxing fans descended on Ryton’s Sports Connexion to witness the World Middleweight Championship fight between Jimmy Sweeney and Christian Evans.

Both good friends, Sweeney and Evans boasted the same BKB record prior to Saturday’s fight, however it was the ‘Celtic Warrior’ who came out on top at the conclusion of a blockbuster night of bare-knuckle bouting.

The sport has grown in popularity since becoming legalised and fully sanctioned and is attracting former stars from the sport of boxing and UFC.

Fighters fight in the company of licenced referees, a panal of expert judges and a full medical team including chief medical officer, Bill Ellis.

A hotly contested first round was followed by Evans being knocked to the canvas by the 31-year-old shortly into the second of the five round fight.

Referee Shaun Smith stopped the fight and Sweeney, who travelled from the north-west town of Sligo for the fight, was crowned champion.

Evans immediately paid tribute to his “good friend” Sweeney and took to social media to congratulate him.

Evans said: “No excuses, the better man won on the night.

“I’m not going to make excuses and say I didn’t do this or I should’ve done that – Jimmy won and he deserved it, simple.

“I’m a bit gutted, a bit disappointed but that’s life – at the end of the day it was a great night.”

The event, hosted by UBBAD promotions, attracted over 1,300 spectators – and media manager Stu Armstrong confirmed that plans are already in place to bring the event back to Coventry.

Armstrong added: “The night went really well – it was our first visit to Coventry and we are already planning to bring the event back to the Ryton Sports Connexion.

“The Sports Connexion were fantastic hosts, we wanted to attract more people but we decided to move the tables further apart to avoid any hazards for the visitors.

“Jimmy proved the better fighter on the night and displayed his experience.

“We hope to bring BKB to the more mainstream audience, overcoming the reputation that BKB currently has is our biggest challenge but we’re well on the way to where we want to be and Saturday night proved that.”

 

Credit: Shaun Reynolds Coventry Observer

Evans gracious in defeat as Sweeney takes Middleweight World Title

 

Spencer wins with a lightning fast left to KO foreman

Last Saturday at the UBBAD BKB Super show in Coventry one of the most impressive performances of the night without doubt came from Manchester’s John Spencer in his bout against the previously unbeaten ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ himself Josh Forman. In the first 15 seconds of round one Spencer saw a shot an tool it and with a glorious left scored a scorching KO knocking Josh to the canvas.

Speaking the day after his fight Josh explained the alough he was disappointed with the outcome he certainly wasn’t the looser as he has gained very valuable experience from seasoned fight veteran Spencer.

Ferry continues winning streak with successful British Title Defence

British, Transatlantic and World Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion, Newcastle upon Tyne’s Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry continued his winning streak last Saturday at the UBBAD Coventry Blitz show during a defence of his British Title against ex professional boxer Richie ‘The Ace’ Glaysher.

Ferry got off to a lightning start which as something that we have come to expect with his fighting style tying up Glaysher from the outset with lightning fast and powerful head and body combinations, twice taking Glaysher to the Canvas in round one.

Glashyer who certainly took some punishment tried his utmost to regain his composure and kept getting to his feet with some vigour after the punishment that Ferry was dishing out, but it all proved to be too much when the fight was stopped early in the second round by the referee, once more leaving Ferry the British BKB Champion.

 

UBBAD Wales date revealed as March 26th!

After the huge success of the BKB Super show at Coventry last weekend we don’t stay still and are already well into planning and matching for the next UBBAD show.

After then huge success of the Wales show in late 2015, we are happy to announce that we will be returning on March 26th, tickets will be priced at only £40 and will go on sale soon.

Make sure you keep an eye out for some of the most exciting match’s in Bare Knuckle Boxing which will be released very soon!

UBBAD reveal finalm fight card and running order for BKB Supershow

Keene v Gibbs
Tom Lax v John Hawthorn
Chris Wheeldon v Liam Preece
Ricky Nelder v Edmonds
Memorial trophy

Craig Amer v ray Roy
Adam Downie v brown
Rudie Kelson v gillon
Josh Foreman v John Spencer

30 minute break

Sean Marc Wilkinson v Taylor
Sean McFarlane v Moore
Jay Ferguson v John Sweeney
Billy Hawthornv goward
Sean Georgev Ross Chittock
Scott Midgley v Nathan Leeson

10 minute break
Donald Mcphee v Jon Stuart
Scottish title

Ferry v Glashyer
Heavyweight title
Jimmy Sweeney v Christian Evans
Middleweight title

As with all combat sports the final fightcard may be subject to change

Media at fever pitch to cover UBBAD BKB Supershow

Media all over the UK is at fever pitch reporting on the largest BKB show ever, worldwide, that UBBAD bring to Coventry this coming Saturday and for all of the right reasons!

Over the last week we have been in a number of newspapers all over the UK, BBC Radio and BBC News and yesterday the Coventry Observer also got in on the act with a great Article from reported Shaun Reynolds who worked with Stu Armstrong to cover the up and coming show.

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We are also pleased to welcome to Coventry Observer to the show on Saturday in order for them to write a further article.

The article can be viewed at http://coventryobserver.co.uk/sport/world-championship-fight-take-place-rules-ryton-sports-connexion/

Just who was Bendingo and why does Nottingham want a new statue for him?

If you know your boxing history then odds on your have heard of Bendingo, and now Boxing fans are trying to bring back a Nottingham sporting legend to the City Centre.

Boxer William “Bendigo” Thompson used to bring crowds of thousands to the Old Market Square during the 19th century and became one of the best bare-knuckle boxers of his time, despite him being a historic champion, the only memorial in Nottingham is a stone statue on top of a restaurant in Sneinton, local fans are now trying to campaign to get Bendigo to get the same recognition as the likes of Robin Hood and Brian Clough by having a statue made of him in bronze in the city centre.

So in 200 years this could very well be Dave Radford, Michael Ferry, Jimmy Sweeney or Christian Evans and i am sure everyone at UBBAD would like to see the honoured for being champions in future centuries, so lets get behind Ryan and his campaign to honour a Bare Knuckle Champion of yesteryear.

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So just who was Bendigo for those that don’t know? 

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William Abednego Thompson, better known as Bendigo, was arguably England’s greatest bare-knuckle boxer and one of Nottingham’s most famous exports – he even has a town named after him in Australia (well, kind of… an early Oz farmer/gold miner was also a bare-knuckle boxer, his style was reminiscent of our Bendigo and so the nickname stuck. When his ranch grew to a town, it took upon his adopted name).

Born into the slums of Nottingham on 18 October 1811, he was the last of 21 children, himself one of triplets, Abednego, Shadrach and Meshach named after the young men in the Book of Daniel who emerged from the fiery furnace of Babylon. Which was rather apt, seeing as Nottingham in Victorian times wasn’t exactly the cover of a Quality Street tin. With over 300 people per acre crammed into certain parts, it was one of the most densely populated areas in the British Empire – at a time when the Empire covered a huge chunk of the world.

Naturally, the slums were rife with pestilence and disease, and the life expectancy here was less than half the national average – a shocking 22 years. The town boundaries had not changed since they were erected nearly 800 years before, and the Industrial Revolution led to massive overcrowding. A town that probably housed around 1,000 people when built now squeezed in about 50,000. One government official even labelled Nottingham as the ‘Worst town in England’. The worst affected areas were Narrow Marsh and the streets crowded between Long Row and Parliament Street, the people here said to “be the poorest of all Queen Victoria’s children”. One of these streets, New Walk, was Bendigo’s stomping ground.

The young Bendigo was a born athlete, being noted as an excellent runner, cricket player, stone thrower and somersaulter. For a bet he once threw half a house brick over the River Trent with his left hand! Like most men of his era, he was well into cockfighting and badger baiting down at the local pub and fished at the Leen and the Trent. When he was 15 his father died, and so it was every man for themselves in the Thompson house. Bendigo was sent to the Nottingham Workhouse with his mother, but he didn’t stay long. His time here proved to be the turning point in his life. Experiencing the harshness of Victorian poverty, he vowed never to return.

After leaving the Workhouse, Bendigo scraped a living selling oysters in and around the streets of Nottingham. Getting bored with the stink of fish, he got a job as an iron turner, which developed his muscular physique. His background, his environment and now his job put him in good stead for his future career path of Prizefighting. In other words, he was hard as fuck.

By the age of 18 he was already fighting for money, in order to put food on the table. He destroyed his first eight opponents – including the Champion of Bingham – and by the time he was 21 he was virtually a professional fighter. Although a lot smaller than many of his opponents at just 5’ 9”, he had an extremely quick hand speed, an extraordinarily hard punch and fought without any fear whatsoever. Not only was he stronger and faster than many of his contemporaries, but he was also very skilful, earning the nickname ‘Bendy’ due to his bobbing and weaving. People just couldn’t get near him. It wasn’t too long before ‘Bendy’ Abednego became Bendigo.

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Though it was his speed and agility that won him his fights, it was Bendigo’s personality and sense of humour that won him the crowd. Over 100 years before Muhammad Ali, he would make up rhymes about his opponents during fights, and distract them with insults and tall tales of their wives and mothers while pulling funny faces. It wasn’t long before the local hero was drawing crowds of over 10,000 people to his illicit fights, held way out of town in barns or fields in an era when public transport was virtually non-existent.

All legendary boxers need a fierce rival, and Bendigo’s was another local lad from Hucknall, Ben Caunt. In 1835, the two met for the first time for the princely sum of £25. The fight only lasted 22 rounds, which was relatively easy compared to their rematches (back in those days, a round lasted until one fighter was knocked down, with no time limit) Bendigo, who was three stone lighter and six inches shorter, got into difficulties early on and started to go down a bit easily. This (along with Bendigo’s constant manic laughter and free flowing insults) frustrated Caunt, who ended up striking Bendigo while he was kneeling and so losing on a foul. A writer at the fight described Caunt as “full of trickery and treachery… he has no ethics” and Bendigo as “deadly and as poisonous as a rattlesnake with about the same ethics”

Over the next two years, Bendigo had three fights, first of all dispatching the renowned John Leachman of Bradford in a 52-round contest, before travelling to Newcastle the year after to take out Charley Langham in 51 rounds. A few months later, Bendigoanswered a letter in the newspaper from a Liverpool man called William Looney, challenging “any man in the world for £100 stake and £200 a-side”. They met on 13 June 1837, on a hill at Chapel-en-le-Frith – the halfway point between their hometowns. The fight lasted 92 rounds(!), but will probably be remembered for Bendigo’s reaction to Looney contemplating a haymaker in the 15th round by falling to the floor “on his nether end throwing up his legs and laughing”. Bendigo took control shortly after and even started somersaulting in the ring, endearing him to the crowds.

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Bendigo on LeftLionWilliam Abednego Thompson, better known as Bendigo, was arguably England’s greatest bare-knuckle boxer and one of Nottingham’s most famous exports – he even has a town named after him in Australia (well, kind of… an early Oz farmer/gold miner was also a bare-knuckle boxer, his style was reminiscent of our Bendigo and so the nickname stuck. When his ranch grew to a town, it took upon his adopted name).

Born into the slums of Nottingham on 18 October 1811, he was the last of 21 children, himself one of triplets, Abednego, Shadrach and Meshach named after the young men in the Book of Daniel who emerged from the fiery furnace of Babylon. Which was rather apt, seeing as Nottingham in Victorian times wasn’t exactly the cover of a Quality Street tin. With over 300 people per acre crammed into certain parts, it was one of the most densely populated areas in the British Empire – at a time when the Empire covered a huge chunk of the world.

Naturally, the slums were rife with pestilence and disease, and the life expectancy here was less than half the national average – a shocking 22 years. The town boundaries had not changed since they were erected nearly 800 years before, and the Industrial Revolution led to massive overcrowding. A town that probably housed around 1,000 people when built now squeezed in about 50,000. One government official even labelled Nottingham as the ‘Worst town in England’. The worst affected areas were Narrow Marsh and the streets crowded between Long Row and Parliament Street, the people here said to “be the poorest of all Queen Victoria’s children”. One of these streets, New Walk, was Bendigo’s stomping ground.

The young Bendigo was a born athlete, being noted as an excellent runner, cricket player, stone thrower and somersaulter. For a bet he once threw half a house brick over the River Trent with his left hand! Like most men of his era, he was well into cockfighting and badger baiting down at the local pub and fished at the Leen and the Trent. When he was 15 his father died, and so it was every man for themselves in the Thompson house. Bendigo was sent to the Nottingham Workhouse with his mother, but he didn’t stay long. His time here proved to be the turning point in his life. Experiencing the harshness of Victorian poverty, he vowed never to return.

After leaving the Workhouse, Bendigo scraped a living selling oysters in and around the streets of Nottingham. Getting bored with the stink of fish, he got a job as an iron turner, which developed his muscular physique. His background, his environment and now his job put him in good stead for his future career path of Prizefighting. In other words, he was hard as fuck.

By the age of 18 he was already fighting for money, in order to put food on the table. He destroyed his first eight opponents – including the Champion of Bingham – and by the time he was 21 he was virtually a professional fighter. Although a lot smaller than many of his opponents at just 5’ 9”, he had an extremely quick hand speed, an extraordinarily hard punch and fought without any fear whatsoever. Not only was he stronger and faster than many of his contemporaries, but he was also very skilful, earning the nickname ‘Bendy’ due to his bobbing and weaving. People just couldn’t get near him. It wasn’t too long before ‘Bendy’ Abednego became Bendigo.

Bendigo on LeftLionThough it was his speed and agility that won him his fights, it was Bendigo’s personality and sense of humour that won him the crowd. Over 100 years before Muhammad Ali, he would make up rhymes about his opponents during fights, and distract them with insults and tall tales of their wives and mothers while pulling funny faces. It wasn’t long before the local hero was drawing crowds of over 10,000 people to his illicit fights, held way out of town in barns or fields in an era when public transport was virtually non-existent.

All legendary boxers need a fierce rival, and Bendigo’s was another local lad from Hucknall, Ben Caunt. In 1835, the two met for the first time for the princely sum of £25. The fight only lasted 22 rounds, which was relatively easy compared to their rematches (back in those days, a round lasted until one fighter was knocked down, with no time limit) Bendigo, who was three stone lighter and six inches shorter, got into difficulties early on and started to go down a bit easily. This (along with Bendigo’s constant manic laughter and free flowing insults) frustrated Caunt, who ended up striking Bendigo while he was kneeling and so losing on a foul. A writer at the fight described Caunt as “full of trickery and treachery… he has no ethics” and Bendigo as “deadly and as poisonous as a rattlesnake with about the same ethics”

Over the next two years, Bendigo had three fights, first of all dispatching the renowned John Leachman of Bradford in a 52-round contest, before travelling to Newcastle the year after to take out Charley Langham in 51 rounds. A few months later, Bendigoanswered a letter in the newspaper from a Liverpool man called William Looney, challenging “any man in the world for £100 stake and £200 a-side”. They met on 13 June 1837, on a hill at Chapel-en-le-Frith – the halfway point between their hometowns. The fight lasted 92 rounds(!), but will probably be remembered for Bendigo’s reaction to Looney contemplating a haymaker in the 15th round by falling to the floor “on his nether end throwing up his legs and laughing”. Bendigo took control shortly after and even started somersaulting in the ring, endearing him to the crowds.

However, even through the constant barrage of punches, Looney fought bravely on and he even nearly nicked the fight with a massive right hand when under some pressure from Bendigo. Eventually, as with most bouts of the time, Bendigo’s stamina and athleticism shone through and he was declared the winner after dominating over an hour’s brawling.

Bendigo’s name and status was steadily rising, and on April 3 1838 Caunt finally got his rematch for £300 prize money. Although three years younger in an era when every year counted, Caunt came into the ring in poor shape compared with the excellent physique of his opponent. Bendigo trained especially hard for this match and easily outfoxed and out-manoeuvred Caunt, leaving him looking clumsy in his attacks. However, the fight went on for 75 rounds of furious combat. That was marred – or enhanced, depending on your point of view – by foul play and crowd violence.

In the fifth round, Caunt had Bendigo against the ropes and nearly strangled him but Bendigo fought back, peppering his opponent with body shots and more insults. Desperate for victory and revenge, Caunt was said to have Bendigo by the throat, strangling him again in the thirteenth. By the time Bendigo’s followers had cut the ropes and entered the ring his face was going blue. A fight broke out between the two sets of supporters and Caunt took a few hits across the back with a ring stake.

When order resumed, Bendigo had a hit of brandy and stepped back up to the scratch. In the fiftieth round it was Bendigo’s turn for some underhand tactics, lashing out some kicks on Caunt, but the referee dismissed the complaint. In the seventy-fifth round, the referee stopped the fight as Bendigo went to ground without being struck, an illegal tactic in Prize Fighting. After the fight, Bendigo claimed it was a slip; a claim backed up by contemporary accounts, putting him well ahead and coasting.

Naturally, all hell broke loose. His supporters attacked Caunt with sticks, stakes and whatever else they could get their hands on. Caunt was dragged to his coach by his cronies and attempted to flee. The coach was held up by Bendigo’s mob, Caunt was dragged out, but during the melee he eventually escaped, riding bareback on a stolen horse…

In 1839, when Bendigo was 28, he finally reached the summit. He was given the task of defeating the fearsome Londoner James “Deaf ‘un” Burke for the All-England title and a purse of £220. The fight was at No Mans Heath in Leicestershire, in front of an unruly crowd of 15,000 people. It lasted just ten rounds, with Bendigo battering the helpless Burke, who had just successfully toured America and was seen as an unofficial world champion. After half an hour, the frustrated Burke became so enraged with the barrage of punches and insults coming from his younger, faster and stronger challenger, he grabbed hold of Bendigo and full on headbutted him, thus losing
on a foul and gifting the championship away.

The “Nottingham Jester”, Champion Prize Fighter of All England was presented his belt a few weeks later at a ceremony in The Queens Theatre, Liverpool. When he returned to Nottingham, Bendigo met his jubilant supporters and got a bit carried away. He somersaulted into the crowd and ended up breaking his kneecap, which put him out of action for two years.

Bendigo was a true fighting champion, and once he recovered from his injury he defeated 19 opponents over the next four years, including seven in one month. But there was one fight the public were desperate to see – and on 9 September 1845 at Lillington Level, Oxford, a half-drunk riotous crowd of 10,000 came to see the third and final fight between Bendigo and Caunt.

Bendigo’s tactics were called into question as he crouched and bobbed his way around the ring, making it harder for Caunt to hit him. Hardly a round went by without a foul being claimed in a notoriously dirty grudge match. The atmosphere was all the more intense because of the fierce rivalry between the two sets of supporters, who only really came to finish what they had started 6 years earlier.

The fight lasted a massive 96 rounds, with Bendigo tactically and methodically breaking his man down until, exhausted after two hours ten minutes, Caunt sat down without getting hit, losing on a foul. The fight was described by a contemporary writer as “one of the most scandalous brawls in boxing history. Both men used every foul under the sun and invented a good many others… Bendigo was tossed from the ring… Caunt trying to crash him on the ring stakes to break his back. Bendigo’s followers attempted to bludgeon Caunt whenever within striking distance… on one occasion missing by a hair’s breadth, the blow landing on Caunt’s brawny shoulder”

Years later, when speaking on this fight, an old friend said to Bendigo; “I hope you fight Beelzebub with more fairness than you fought Caunt, or else I might change sides”

This fight seemed to have taken a lot out of Bendigo, who slipped into semi-retirement and went back to his childhood pastime of fishing. He became good friends with a well-known angler called William Bailey, who made and sold fishing tackle from his shop in Broad Marsh.

Although enjoying the quiet life, Bendigo reluctantly accepted a challenge from a young Tom Paddock from Redditch, and on the 5 June 1850, the 39-year-old William Abednego Thompson fought his last fight. In two minds as to whether to accept the fight or not, his 82 year-old mother encouraged him by saying “I tell you this Bendy, if you don’t take up the fight you’re a coward. And I tell you more – if you don’t fight him, I’ll take up the challenge myself.”

The fight was a close one and lasted over an hour. Paddock, the younger man by far, and himself a future champion, was getting the better of Bendigo who started to go to ground very easily. This infuriated Paddock who, after flooring Bendigo with a right hand in the 49th, thought he had gone down again. Paddock charged across the ring and kicked Bendigo, and pulled him to his feet shouting, “Get up and fight like a man”. Bendigo’s corner man called foul and the referee concurred, giving the decision. By all accounts, Bendigo was lucky to win that last fight and he never disagreed.
Feeling he was getting too old for prizefighting, ‘The Nottingham Jester’ stepped down undefeated as champion, with two prize belts and four silver cups to his name. Bendigowas perhaps the last of the great prizefighters and to some is considered the ‘Champion of Champions’. He is credited with inventing the left-handed ‘Southpaw’ stance, ensuring his legacy lies within the fabric of boxing forever. His outspoken character and record in the ring attracted a massive fan base, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote a verse to the fighter titled ‘Bendigo’s Sermon’

You didn’t know of Bendigo?
Well that knocks me out!
Who’s your board schoolteacher?
What’s he been about?
Chock-a-block with fairy tales –
Full of useless cram,
And never heard of Bendigo
The Pride Of Nottingham!

Speaking on his career, Bendigo proudly said; “I was engaged in 21 matched fights and never was beaten in one. What is more, I never in my life had a hit on the nose hard enough to make
it bleed; and in all my battles I never once got a black eye.”

After declaring his retirement, he took up an unofficial role as boxing coach at Oxford University, teaching rich young gentlemen the noble art of pugilism. As it was an unofficial role, they had to disguise him as a professor to get him into the grounds. A far cry from when he was back at Nottingham Workhouse a few years before.

However, mixing with the upper echelons of society didn’t appeal to him much either, so it wasn’t long before he made his way back to Nottingham. Soon after his return, his mother died and Bendigo saw this as failing to keep his promise to ‘keep Mam out the Workhouse’, so he lost his way and turned to alcohol.

By now, he was a national celebrity and comparatively rich to boot, something like a 19th Century Richard Pryor crossed with The Incredible Hulk, and his life took a serious turn. He became involved with the Nottingham Lambs, a politically-motivated group who caused much civil unrest and violence in Nottingham. On certain occasions, they even rioted through the Market Square, protesting against the shockingly poor living conditions of the time (it’s this lot that burned the last Nottingham Castle down before the thing that’s there now was built, by the way).
An official bumped into Bendigo in the Three Crowns Tavern while on a visit to Nottingham and reported, ”Upon turning away from my friend to reach for the tankard that I had ordered, I found him burying a portion of his facial development there-in. When I was informed that it was Bendigo, one of the Nottingham Lambs, I did not question the matter but did exclaim: ‘Great Scott! What must the Nottingham Wolves be like?’’

After a few years, the fallen champ became a sorry drunken mess, not even a shadow of his former self. Gangs of children would taunt him when they saw him out in the streets. A magistrate summed up Bendigo, while sending him for one of his 28(!) visits to The House of Correction for Drunk and Disorderly, sometimes taking half a dozen constables to restrain him; “Bendigo, when you’re sober you’re one of the nicest men in Nottingham, but when you’re drunk, you ain’t…” After one of his ‘holidays’ inside, Bendigo started to take an interest in the prison chaplain’s sermons, especially the story of David and Goliath, declaring, “I do hope the lit’lun licks the big’un.”

In his later life, he moved to Beeston to try and curb his drinking and avoid the Nottingham Lambs, but he only managed a few sober moments here and there, fishing by the Trent. Despite all these problems, at the age of 59 he managed to dive into the river to save three people from drowning. One time he pulled a woman from the river who offered him a reward. “Reward? I am the champion of England” he replied, scornfully rejecting the kind offer.

In 1872, Bendigo attended a congregation held by the converted collier Richard Weaver. He was invited up on stage and, although illiterate, delivered a powerful sermon. Much to the relief of the local magistrate, he was persuaded to join The Ebenezer Lodge of Templars and use his influence to preach. Taking up a boxer’s stance, he would turn to his trophies and declare, “See them belts? See them cups? I used to fight for those, but now I fight for Christ.”

But not always. During one sermon, packed with people more interested in the preacher than his message, it all got a little too much for him, and while the rabble at the back were shouting and heckling and singing songs about his past fights, Bendigo was said to have closed his Bible, put his hands together, looked up and prayed; “Good Lord, Thou knowest that since I gave up my wicked ways I have devoted my life to Thy service, and have given Thee the whole of my time. But now, seeing what’s going on in this room, I’ll take with Thy kind permission just five minutes off for mesen” before vaulting the pulpit into the crowd and restoring order in the traditional manner.

His popularity as a fighter soon attracted massive congregations to his sermons and there were hundreds left outside some meetings. At one of these open-air congregations at Sneinton Market, Bendigo was told that the men already on the stage were ‘infidels’, To which he stripped off his coat and replied “What, them that don’t believe in God? I’ll clear the stage.” Bendigo spent the next few years touring the country preaching to crowds of thousands becoming even more of a household name, and eventually getting noticed by politicians, who noted “that although he couldn’t read the Bible, his straightforward manly speech could be useful”. People said that he was ‘better off going after the Devil as he had no man left to fight’.

Bendigo died on 23rd August 1880 aged 69, after falling down the stairs of his home in Beeston. The fall fractured ribs and punctured his lung, but he hung on for seven more weeks before he finally died. His funeral procession was a mile long and thousands lined the streets, including many nationally famous people of the period. Even The Times newspaper published his obituary, which was normally reserved for only the most illustrious people. He was buried in his mother’s grave, marked by a stone in the former burial grounds at Bath Street Rest Gardens (just near Victoria Leisure Centre). It is the only memorial not to have been moved during redevelopment and bears the inscription;

“In life always brave,
Fighting like a Lion;
In Death like a Lamb,
Tranquil in Zion”

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UBBAD BKB Supershow updated Fightcard

Further changes and updates have been made, as well as adding MORE fights to what will be an epic fight card for the UBBAD BKB Supershow at Coventry next Saturday 16th January.

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We are now giving an unbelievable 16, yes that right 16 top Bare Knuckle Bout and all of them ‘Thrillers’ and no ‘Fillers’!

Below in no particular order is the full updated fight card, tickets are still available now from www.bbadtv.com/tickets

 

Evans vs Sweeny – WBKBC Middleweight Title

Ferry Vs Glaysher – UBBAD British Heavyweight Title

McPhee vs Stuart – UBBAD Scottish Champion

Midgley vs Leeson

Nelder vs Edmonton

Hawthorn vs Goward

McFarlane vs Moore

Wheeldon vs Preece

Hawthorn vs Lax

Spencer vs Foreman

Amer vs Roy

Wilkinson vs Burton

Downie vs Brown

Ferguson vs Sweeney

Kelson vs Gillon

Keen vs Gibbs

UBBAD BKB Supershow Coventry TV Coverage

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We have received a lot of questions about footage and Live Streaming of our BKB Super show from Coventry on Saturday 16th January. The Internet Connectivity is not adequate to allow us to Live Stream in the quality that we want to give the fans, and in the quality that they deserve.
With this in mind the event will be professionally filmed, edited and produced with slow motion action replays and top quality graphics and to thank the fans of UBBAD for their support we will be making this available via the UBBAD TV Website free of charge on Saturday 23rd January, one week after the event.

The only way that you can see the event live will be to come to show, tickets are available now at www.bbadtv.com/tickets
I am sure that you will and appreciate the quality of the footage, with an extra camera added to past shows to catch more of the action and it will be worth the wait.

Results will be posted live on the night on the UBBAD Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter Feed.

Facebook Fan Page www.facebook.com/bbadtv
Twitter Feed @UBBADBKB

The Great’s – Lennox Lewis

Lennox Lewis is a retired boxer and a former world heavyweight champion.

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Quick Facts

Born on: 02 September 1965 AD

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Born in: West Ham, London, England

Spouse: Violet Chang (m. 2005)

Children: Ling Lewis, Landon Lewis

Education: Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute

Net worth: $140 million

Awards:

1999 – BBC Sports Personality of the Year

1999 – BWAA Fighter of the Year

1992 – 1994 – WBC Heavyweight Champion

1997 – 2001 – WBC Heavyweight Champion

1998 – 2001 – Lineal Heavyweight Champion

1999 – 2000 – Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

1999 – 2000 – WBA Heavyweight Champion

1999 – 2001 – IBO Heavyweight Champion

1999 – 2001 – IBF Heavyweight Champion

2001 – 2002 – IBF Heavyweight Champion

2001 – 2004 – WBC Heavyweight Champion

2001 – 2004 – IBO Heavyweight Champion

2001 – 2004Lineal Heavyweight Champion

2002 – 2004 – The Ring Heavyweight Champion

Quick Facts

Lennox Lewis is a retired boxer, who was, once, the undisputed world heavyweight champion. He represented Canada at the 1988 Olympics, winning a gold medal. He later became the world heavy-weight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC). He is of Jamaican descent and is known for his premeditated fighting style and his cool, confident demeanour in the ring. He is also the first Briton to win the world championship in a century and enjoys a colossal fan following in his home country. Turning professional in 1989, he won his first 21 fights. In 1992, he became the number one in the World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings and eventually the WBC heavyweight champion in 1993. Although he is retired from the sport, he tours around the world with his posse, promotes the game among boxing buffs. If you would like to learn more about this interesting sports personality, scroll further.

Childhood & Early Life

Lennox Lewis was born to Jamaican parents in West Ham, London, England. At the time of his birth, he weighed around 10 pounds, to which the doctor remarked that he looked like a ‘Lennox’. At the age of 12, he moved to Kitchener, Ontario, in 1977 and attended the Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute. He discovered his true passion for sports while playing football and basketball in school.

Career & Achievements

By the age of 18, he realized his love for boxing and became a dominant amateur boxer by 1983 and represented Canada in the super heavyweight category at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles but lost to Tyrell Biggs, who subsequently earned the gold medal.

He chose not to turn professional after the Olympics and competed for four more years as an amateur, hoping for another chance to win the gold medal. At the 1986 World Amateur Boxing Championship, he lost in the preliminary round to Petar Stoymenov. This did dishearten him for a couple of months, but he never gave up hope and eventually won several more titles in the following years. In 1988, he travelled to Seoul, South Korea for the 1988 Summer Olympics, where he won the gold medal. He achieved what he had set out to do and his hard work paid off when he defeated Riddick Bowe. After winning the Olympics gold, he turned professional in 1989 and moved to England, where he signed up with the American promoter Main Events.

In the late 1990, he bagged the European heavyweight title beating Frenchman, Jean Maurice Chanet and in 1991 he won the British title against the undefeated world champion, Gary Mason. In April 1992, he won the Commonwealth title against Derek Williams and by then, he was already the ‘consensus top-five heavyweights’ in the world. During this period, he defeated former WBA champion, Mike Weaver and journeymen Mike Dixon and Levi Billups. On October 31, 1992, he knocked-out Canadian Donovan Ruddock, getting the number one position in the WBC world rankings.

On 14 December 1992, he was declared the world heavyweight champion by the WBC after Riddick Bowe refused to face Lewis and relinquished the title instead. On September 24, 1994, he lost his title to Oliver McCall at the Wembley Arena in London. In the second round, McCall coupled his blows with a powerful right hook, planting Lewis flat on his back. Following this loss, Lewis decided that he needed a better trainer, and replaced Pepe Correa with Emanuel Steward. In 1997, he defeated McCall in Las Vegas and was recrowned the WBC champion. Lewis successfully defended the title during his forthcoming fights against champions including Shannon Briggs, Henry Akinwande and Zeljko Mavrovik.

In 1999, he faced WBA and IBF title holder Evander Holyfield in New York City but the session was declared a draw. Controversies arose and a re-match was sanctioned eight months later, on November 13, 1999. He was then conferred the title of ‘undisputed heavyweight champion of the World’.

In April 2000, he successfully knocked out the towering 6 feet 8 inches Michael Grant in Madison Square Garden and the same year he knocked out South African Francois Botha and David Tua.

During one of the most controversial fights of his career, Lewis got into a brawl with one of his opponents, Hasim Rahman. Many speculated that the fight was scripted to promote the fight, so the truth about the episode, is still a matter of debate. On June 8, 2002, he defended his title against Mike Tyson and in 2003 he fought Vitali Klitschko, the WBC world contender and champion.

In 2004, he announced his retirement from the sport and decided to pursue other interests including music promotion and sports management.

Awards

He was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada) on November 17, 1988. In 1999, he was conferred the most prestigious sporting award in Britain, ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year ’. In 2008, he was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

After he retired from boxing, he moved with his wife, Violet Chang and his four children to Miami Beach. Apart from boxing, he is an avid chess player and has sponsored an after-school program for underprivileged youths.

Trivia

Apart from the C.M. this former heavyweight champion was also awarded the M.B.E (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and the C.B.E (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to the sport of boxing.

 

The Great’s – Julio Cesar Chavez

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Julio Cesar Chavez is a retired boxer of Mexican origin.

Quick Facts

Nationality: Mexican

Born on: 12 July 1962 AD

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Born in: Obregón, Sonora, Mexico

Julio Cesar Chavez is a former Mexican professional boxer. For his remarkable performance in the arena of boxing, he was regarded for several years as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world. In his 25-year career as boxer, he won six world titles in three weight divisions: WBC Super Featherweight in 1984, WBA Lightweight in 1987, WBC Lightweight in 1988, WBC Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Light Welterweight in 1989, IBF Light Welterweight in 1990 and WBC Light Welterweight in 1994.

For the thirteen consecutive years, he did not lost a single match. It was Frankie Randall who defeated him for the first time. The interesting fact is that, he defeated Randall in a fight by a ten round decision even after taking retirement from boxing. As a successful boxer, he is notable for his remarkable punching power and indomitable spirit.

For his praiseworthy performance in the arena of boxing, he has ranked 24 on ESPN’s ‘50 Greatest Boxers Of All Time’. Prominent heavyweight champion Mike Tyson referred him as one of the greatest fighters of his generation. Currently he is engaged with his work as an analyst for a popular sports channel.

Childhood & Early Life

Born in a poor family of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, Julio Cesar Chavez grew up with his five sisters and four brothers. His father Rudolfo Chavez worked for the railroad. To earn money, he decided to be a boxer. At the age of sixteen, he started boxing as an amateur. Later he shifted to Culiacan, North-western Mexico to pursue a career in boxing.

Career

He performed for the first time as a professional boxer at the age of 17. He faced Miguel Ruiz during his twelfth fight on March 4, 1981. At the end of the first round, his delivery of blow knocked Ruiz out. The blow was delivered as the bell sounded; as a result Chavez was disqualified and Ruiz won the bout. But on the next day, when his manager Ramon Felix and the Mexican boxing commission changed the result, he was proclaimed the winner.

On September 13, 1984, he knocked out Mario “ Azabache” Martinez at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. This win brought him his first championship title, the WBC Super Featherweight. He won against former WBA and future IBF Super Featherweight champion Rocky Lockridge on August 3, 1986 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. In the next round, he defeated former champion Juan Laporte, by a controversial decision.

In November 1987, after shifting his preference to the lightweight division, he faced WBA Lightweight Champion Edwin Rosario. Chavez fought outstandingly to defeat Rosario by an eleventh round T KO.

On April 16, 1988, Chavez defeated top ranked contender Rodolfo Aguilar in sixth round knockout.

On June 4, 1988, he defeated former two-time champion Rafael Limón in seventh round knockout to successfully defend his title. In the same year, he faced Jose Luis Ramirez. Due to an injury on Ramirez’s forehead, the match was halted. After considering the scorecards, the judges declared Chavez as the winner. This victory earned him ‘The Ring’ Lightweight title.

This incident created great agitation amongst fans and media. Later, “ The Ring” , an American boxing magazine referred this fight as the “ Fight of the Year” for 1990. On April 10, 1992, he defeated Angel Hernandez in the fifth round. In the same year, he also defeated Frankie Mitchell by fourth round T KO.

In 1992, he faced Hector “ Macho” Camacho and defeated him. For his remarkable performance in this fight, the Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari sent a special car for him to take him from the airport to the President’s house after his arrival in Mexico.

In 1993, he also won a fight against Greg Haugen .In September of the same year, he challenged Pernell Whitaker for his WBC Welterweight title. The match ended in a draw. In December 1993, he defeated Andy Holligan, the British Commonwealth Light Welterweight Champion by fifth round T KO. In January 1994, Chavez was knocked down for the first time in his career, when he lost to Frankie Randall in a split decision. He blamed the match referee Richard Steele for his defeat in the fight as the referee deducted two points from his scorecard for his delivery of low blows.

This match created much uproar in the media. When the WBC organized a rematch, he won the fight on a split technical decision in May 1994. Later, he faced Meldrick Taylor whom he defeated in the eighth round. In 1995, he won a fight against Light Welterweight Champion Giovanni Parisi. In the same year, he defended his title against David Kamau, the number one ranked challenger.

In 1997, he fought against Miguel Angel Gonzalez for the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title which ended in a double draw. But he faced defeat against De La Hoya in a rematch in September 1998.

In 1999, Chavez won his first two bouts before losing to newcomer Willy Wise. In 2000, he challenged Light Welterweight Champion Kostya Tszyu but lost the bout in the 6th round T KO.

In 2001, Chavez retired after a victory over Terry Thomas. He came out of the retirement on November 24, 2003 to avenge his avenge his earlier loss to Willy Wise, and knocked him out in two rounds.

In April 2004, Chavez defeated Frankie Randall, in what he claimed would be his last appearance. On May 28, 2005, Chavez once again donned the boxing gloves and knocked out Ivan Robinson in ten rounds. On September 17, 2005, he lost to Grover Wiley and retired after injuring his right hand.

Awards & Achievements

He won six world titles in three weight divisions: WBC Super Featherweight (1984), WBA Lightweight (1987), WBC Lightweight (1988), WBC Light Welterweight (1989), IBF Light Welterweight (1990) and WBC Light Welterweight (1994) for the second time. He was inducted to the ‘International Boxing Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Amalia Carrasco with whom he has two children, namely, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Omar Chavez. Both of his children are professional boxer. In the later part of his life, he became a drug addict and alcoholic. In an interview, he stated that he started drinking the night after his fight with Edwin Rosario. He also became a cocaine addict. He visited rehab centres for several time for his treatment.

Presently, he works as an analyst for ESPN and T V Azteca nowadays.

Trivia

He holds records for most successful consecutive defences of world titles (27), most title fights (37), most title-fight victories (31). This boxer also holds the record for the longest undefeated streak in boxing history, 13 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great’s – Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is the legendary boxer became the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion.

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Quick Facts

Nationality: American

 

Religion: Sunni Islam

Born on: 17 January 1942 AD

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Born in: Louisville

Father:  Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr.

Mother: Odessa Grady Clay

Siblings: Rahman Ali

Spouses: Yolonda Williams (m. 1986), Veronica Porsche Ali

(m. 1977–1986), Belinda Boyd (m. 1967–1977), Sonji Roi (m. 1964–1966)

Children: Laila Ali, Hana Ali, Asaad Amin, Khaliah Ali

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Education: Central High School (1958)

Net worth:  $80 million

Awards:  2006 – CSHL Double Helix Medal Honoree

Quick Facts

Nicknamed ‘The Greatest’, Muhammad Ali is one of the legends in the sport of professional boxing. At 6 feet 3 inches, he was an imposing figure in the ring, known for his swift footwork, and powerful jab. What distinguish him from his contemporaries are the values that he has been upholding all through his life. An arch believer of religious freedom and racial justice, Ali had converted to Islam and with that even changed his name from the former identity, Cassius Marcellus Clay.

One of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, he created ripples in the arena of professional boxing at the tender age of 22, by knocking out the then heavyweight champion Sonny Liston. From then, there was no looking back for this powerful fighter who knocked off each of his opponents to bag the titles.

Throughout his career, Ali recorded 56 wins of which 37 came in knockout and 5 losses. The most historic matches were against Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman. He became the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion. Interestingly, apart from being powerful and dominating, Ali was extremely vocal as well and started the ritual of throwing remarks at his opponent much before the brawl.

Childhood & Early Life

Born to Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr and Odessa O’Grady, Clay Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr was the eldest of the two boys of the couple. While his father earned a living by painting billboards and signs, his mother was a household domestic.

Interestingly, it was a Louisville police officer who changed the fate of young Clay. The latter was enraged at a thief who robbed his bicycle and told police officer, Joe Martin that he wished to whip the robber. It was then that Martin suggested him to learn boxing first. Martin served as his early coach, teaching him the technicalities involved in the game. In the last four years of his amateur career, he was trained by boxing cutman Chuck Bodak.

Career

In his first ever fight which happened in 1954 he won by a split decision. Following this, he won the 1956 Golden Gloves tournament for novices in the light heavyweight class.

In 1959, he won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, as well as the Amateur Athletic Union’s national title for the light-heavyweight division. His outstanding achievements in his amateur years won him a seat in the US Olympic boxing team in 1960.

He won the first three bouts to face Zbigniew Pietrzkowski from Poland. Crushing the latter, he earned his first gold at the event. The Olympic win garnered him a ‘hero’ status. His heroic wins, majority of which were through knockouts, made him the top contender for Sunny Liston’s title. As such, a fight was scheduled between the two in February 1964 in Miami.

While Liston was the reigning champion of the title, Clay seemed to be the underdog at the event, more so because his last fights against Jones and Cooper displaying lack of skills. Even before the fight began, the two turned the pre-fight weigh-in into a circus, demeaning and defaming each other, an incident which was the first-of-its-kind in the history of boxing. Enraged by the disparaging comments, Liston looked over for a quick knockout but lost the match in the sixth round Defeating Liston, he became the then youngest boxer to assume the title from a reigning heavyweight champion.

Meanwhile, in 1964, he changed his name from Cassius Marcellus Clay to Muhammad Ali, adopting the religion of Islam. Following the conversion, a rematch was arranged between Ali and Liston. However, the second match bore the same results as the first one, except for the fact that it lasted for just about two minutes. His second title defence was against Floyd Patterson, who twice lost to Liston in first round knockouts. The match continued for 12 rounds post which he was declared the winner.

In the following years, he won a match each against George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Brian London and Karl Mildenberger. His match against Cleveland Williams in the Houston Astrodome received much limelight, which he won convincingly in the third round T KO.

In 1967, he stood against Terrell, who was the unbeaten heavyweight champion since five years. The fight prolonged for fifteen rounds, in which both the players displayed powerful performance. Ali won the fight in a unanimous decision.

Ali was stripped of his title as he refused to render his services to the army in the Vietnam War. Not only was his boxing license suspended he was sentenced to three and a half years in prison along with a fine.

After his period of exile, he made a comeback with the fight against Jerry Quarry on October 26, 1970. He was chosen as the top contender for against heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Nicknamed the Fight of the Century, it created a stir as two undefeated opponents were against each other. The fight took place on March 8, 1971. Though the initial rounds were neck to neck, in the latter Frazier took an advantageous lead and eventually was declared the winner. This was Ali’s first ever loss since his professional debut.

In 1973, Ali lost the second fight of his career to Ken Norton, who broke his jaw. In their second bout Ali, won a controversial decision against Norton, thereby earning the right to fight against Joe Frazier, who had recently lost his title to George Foreman. Ali-Frazier rematch took place on January 28, 1974, and Ali won the bout.

Frazier ’s defeat led to a title fight the against heavyweight champion George Foreman. The bout took place on October 30, 1974 and Ali was considered an underdog. However, the result of the match turned in the latter ’s favour as Foreman failed to make it to the count at the end of the eighth round.

Year 1975 witnessed one of the toughest fights as Ali fought against Frazier in a match that was titled ‘T hrilla in Manila’. Lasting for 14 rounds, the former was elected the winner. Post the fight against Frazier, Ali’s career graph observed a decline as he was defeated by Leon Spinks and knocked out by Larry Holmes. After losing his heavyweight title to Trevor Berbick, he retired from boxing in 1979.

Awards & Achievements

Over the years, he has been honoured with a number of titles including, ‘The Greatest’, ‘Fighter of the Year ’, ‘Sportsman of the Year ’, Sportsman of the Century and ‘Sports Personality of the Century’.

He is the proud recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom, which he received in in 2005 by then President George W. Bush. He was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He is even honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.

Personal Life & Legacy

Ali married four times in his lifetime. His partners were Sonji Roi, Belinda Boyd, Veronica Porsche and Yolanda. Overall, he had seven daughters and two sons from his alliances.

Trivia

Nicknamed ‘the Greatest’, he is one of the most notable professional boxing heavyweight champions and the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion. He converted to Islam.

 

 

The Great’s – Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard, is a legendary boxer, who won world titles in five different weight classes.

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Quick Facts

Nationality: American

Born on: 17 May 1956 AD

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Born: in Rocky Mount

Father: Cicero Leonard

Mother: Getha Leonard

Siblings: Roger Leonard

Spouses: Bernadette Robi (m. 1993), Juanita Wilkinson (m.1980–1990)

Children: Ray Charles Leonard, Jr., Camille Leonard, Jarrel Leonard, Daniel Ray Leonard

Net worth: $100 million

Sugar Ray Leonard, the name which inspired a whole generation of boxers, is one of the most charming and popular boxers of our time. His parents named him after singer Ray Charles, with the hope that he would become like him one day.

But fate had something else in store for him. He was drawn to boxing and soon decided to take it up as his profession. He was just sixteen when he began boxing following some rudimentary training from his elder brother, Roger Leonard. Soon, Sugar was winning all major championships and was seen as a rising star in the sport. When asked about what inspired him to wrestle professionally, the boxer replied, “So that I could pay my father’s hospital bills”. Apparently, it was the only profession where he thought he could make a quick buck and foot his father’s medical bills. Hardly did he know that a brilliant career

awaited him. Today, he is one of the most revered boxers and has set great examples for decades to come. As far as his personality is concerned, he is a natural charmer with a pleasant smile on his face. The public simply loved him for his agreeable persona and his sweet looking face which is miraculously unscarred.

Childhood & Early Life

Sugar Ray Leonard, christened as Ray Charles Leonard, was born to Cicero and Getha Leonard. He was only three when his family moved to Washington D.C. and they settled in Palmer Park, Maryland, where his father worked as a supermarket manager and his mother as a nurse.

Career

Leonard began boxing in 1969 at the Pational Park recreation center with his elder brother Roger, who helped him train. Soon, he was trained by Dave Jacobs, a former boxer, and Janks Morton, both of whom volunteered as his boxing coaches.

In 1972, he competed in the featherweight quarterfinals of the National AAU Tournament, against boxer Jerome Artism and faced the first defeat of his career. In 1973, he competed in the Eastern Olympic Trials where the minimum age eligibility was seventeen but Leonard, who was then sixteen, lied about his age.

He participated and won the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship in 1973, but was defeated by Randy Shields in the final of the National AAU Lightweight Championship, the same year.

In 1974 he earned both the National Golden Gloves and National AAU Lightweight Championship titles. In 1975, he won the National AAU Light Welterweight Championship, as well as the Light Welterweight Championship at the Pan American Games.

This great boxer represented the U.S. Olympic Team in 1976 as a light welterweight contestant, and went on to win the Olympic Gold Medal. He won the World Boxing Council’s welterweight title in November, 1979 and, in the following decade he wrestled in some of boxing’s most notable bouts, winning almost all of them.

His first retirement from boxing came in 1984 when this prodigious boxer decided to study business administration and  communications after receiving a scholarship from the University of Maryland.

On May 1, 1986, he announced that he would return to fight Hagler, a twelve-time World Middleweight Champion. However, after losing the bout he declared his retirement once again on May 27, 1987. Later, in June 1988, he announced his second comeback and fought Don Lalonde at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on November 7, 1988, which proved to be one of the most controversial fights of his career. In January 1990, he withdrew from the WBC Super Middleweight Championship, stating he was not interested in a third comeback.

However, he made a comeback on March 1, 1997 for the IBC Middleweight Championship to fight H?ector Camacho. He lost the bout and declared that it was indeed his final fight.

Awards & Achievements

In 1976, he won an Olympic Gold Medal after an impressive 5-0 win against Kazimier Szczerba in the semifinals and another 5-0 win against Andrs Aldama in the final round. He defeated Wilfred Benitez on November 30, 1979 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas in the WBC Welterweight Championship. T he victory earned him a whopping $1 million and he was given the ‘Fighter of the Year ’ title.

In 1981, he was named the ‘Fighter of the Year ’ for the second time by ‘T he Ring’ (magazine) and ‘The Boxing Writers Association of America’. He was also declared the ‘Sportsman of the Year ’ by the magazine, ‘Sports Illustrated’.

In January 1997, he was inducted into the ‘International Boxing Hall Of Fame’ in Canastota, New York.

He remains the only boxer till date to have won world titles in five different weight classes.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married his childhood sweetheart Juanita Wilkinson in 1980 and couple had two children before they got separated in 1990. He married Bernadette Robi in 1993 and currently lives with his four children and wife in Southern California.

Trivia

This former world-class boxer ’s assistant coach once said “That kid you got is sweet as sugar.” Thus, he was nicknamed ‘Sugar ’. Wilfredo Benitez, the famous boxer who had never been beaten before was knocked down by this exceptional boxer on November 30, 1979.

 

 

 

 

The Great’s – Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

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Quick Facts

Nick Name: Sugar

Also Known As: Walker Smith Jr.

Famous as: Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing Champion

Nationality: American

Born on: 03 May 1921 AD

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Born in: Ailey, Georgia, Detroit, Michigan

Died on: 12 April 1989 AD

Place of Death: Los Angeles

Father: Walker Smith Sr.

Mother: Leila Hurst

Siblings: Marie, Evelyn

Spouses: Millie Wiggins Bruce (m. 1965–1989), Edna Mae Holly (m. 1943–1960), Marjorie Joseph (m. 1938– 1938) Children Ronnie Robinson, Ray Robinson Jr. Education De Witt Clinton High school

Net worth: $70 million

Awards: 1957 – 1958 – Fight of the Year Awards

Sugar Ray Robinson was one of the greatest boxing legends of the 20th century. A prodigious child, he took to sports at an early age, dropping out of school to pursue a career in the same when he was in ninth standard. And rest as they say is history.

Match after match, he gave power packed performance within the ring and rose from his amateur status with two titles under his kitty. He stared his professional career in 1940, defeating each of his opponents in a crushing manner. From 1943 to 1951 he went on a 91-fight unbeaten streak, which is till date the third longest in professional boxing history. By 1951, he posed a professional record of 128–1–2 with 84 knockouts. He successfully held the Welterweight Championship title from 1946 to 1951 and thrice held the Middleweight Championship title in 1951, 1955 and 1958. No boxer in his league had an answer to his powerful and lightning fast paced punches. In his overall career, he was twice named ‘fighter of the year’.

Interestingly, Robinson did not pursue a career in boxing alone and tried his hand in the entertainment industry as well, but without much success.

Childhood & Early Life

Sugar Ray Robinson was born as Walker Smith Jr to Walker Smith Sr. and Leila Hurst at Ailey, Georgia. Among his siblings, he was the youngest and the only son of the couple. His father worked as a cotton, peanut, and corn farmer and relocated to Detroit to take up work as a cement mixer and sewer worker in the construction business. His parents separated when he was young and eventually, he moved with his mother to New York City.

He attained his formal education from De Witt Clinton High School. Early in his life, he aspired to become a doctor but soon gave up on the idea after he dropped out of school in ninth standard. He then aimed to become a boxer. After his attempt to enrol at a boxing tournament at the age of 15 was thrashed down due to age restriction of 18 years, he borrowed a birth certificate from his friend Ray Robinson.

Obtaining his AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) membership card, he started off by participating in his first fight in which he was complimented to be as sweet as sugar, which eventually led to his name, Sugar Ray Robinson. His outstanding performance quickly helped him move up the ranks. He finished his amateur career on a strong note recording 85-0 with 69 knockouts, of which 40 came in the first round. Furthermore, he won the Golden Gloves featherweight championship in 1939 and followed it up by Golden Gloves lightweight championship in 1940.

Career

He made his professional debut in October 1940 against Joe Evchevarria. The fight turned in his favour in the second round knockout as he outdid Echevarria to record his first victory as a professional boxer. The year proved successful for him as he recorded four victories in the five matches that he played.

His power packed performance in the boxing ring brought him immense limelight and fame as he recorded victories against world champion Sammy Angott, future champion Marty Servo and former champion Fritzie Zivic. In 1942, his winning spree lasted for long as he recorded four back to back knockout triumphs. In October, he faced Jake LaMotta who went on to become his most challenging rival. He defeated LaMotta convincingly and went on to win four more fights. He finished the year with a 14-0 record, thus earning the ‘Fighter of the Year ’ title.

His first ever defeat in his professional career came after 40 fights, against his top rivals, LaMotta. The loss did not prove to be detrimental to his career as he bounced back to form to record a victory against his childhood idol and former champion, Henry Armstrong. In 1943, he was inducted in the US army. However, his military career did not last long as he was medically unfit and was relieved from his duties 15 months later. It was there that he befriended Louis for life. By 1946, he had fought in 75 matches, out of which he won 73, losing one while one ended in a draw.

Despite him being the top contender for the Welterweight championship, his lack of cooperation with the Mafia robbed him of his participation. Eventually, in December, 1946, he was given a chance to win a title of Welterweight Championship in a fight against Tommy Bell and he won the match and the title. He defended his title in 1947 in a match against Jimmy Doyle. In the following years, he fought 21 matches out of which two were title matches. The rest of the matches were nontitle ones. While he won most of them, the fight against Henry Brimm ended in a draw.

In 1950, he yet again defended his Welterweight Championship title successfully in a fight against Charley Fusari. Having a successful professional bout, he moved to a more challenging middleweight championship. The same year, he knocked out Robert Villemain to gain the Pennsylvania state middleweight title. In his next matches, he defeated Jose Basora and Bobo Olson. In 1951, he successfully defended his middleweight Championship title by winning a knockout fight against

LaMotta in the 13th round. Following the victory, he embarked on a tour to Europe where he fought against European fighters such as Gerhard Hecht, Randolph Turpin and others.

In 1952, he faced his only knockout loss in the history of his career as he collapsed due to the immense temperature within the ring at the Maxim bout. Soon after the fight, he gave up his title and with this his career as well, finishing off with a record that stood at 131-3-1-1.

Following this, he ventured into the entertainment industry and tried his luck at show business. He switched to singing and tap dancing but lack of success in his performing career led him to take up boxing yet again. In 1954, he resumed training.

In 1955, he returned to the ring after a self-proclaimed hiatus of two years. Despite being out of touch, his performance was top notch. He went on to win several matches against top fighters and finally won against Bobo Olson to bag the Middleweight Championship title for a third time In 1957, he failed to defend the title and lost the same to Gene Fullmer. However, the loss was momentary as he regained the title back, winning in a rematch against Fullmer, who had no answer for his lightening fast punches. The same was replicated later in the year when he first lost and then regained the title against Basilio.

Towards the end of the 1950s decade, he failed to defend his title in a match against Paul Pender. Following this, he lost several matches against Fullmer. Except for a few victories, his performance was affected towards the beginning of the 1960s decade as age played a crucial factor on his playing style. He lost to Joey Giardello, Moyer and others. In November 1965, he finally announced his retirement. His record in the ring stood at 173-19-6, with 108 knockouts in 200 professional bouts. With such marvellous career record, he became the all-time leader of knockouts.

Post-retirement, he took to acting and was seen making appearances in a couple of shows such as ‘Land of the Giants’.

Awards & Achievements

In his career, he twice won the ‘Fighter of the Year ’ title for his performances in 1942 and 1951.

From 1946 to 1951, he held the Welterweight Championship title. In 1951, 1955 and 1958, he held the

Middleweight Championship title. In 1967, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

He first married in 1938 to Marjorie Joseph but the marriage was annulled the same year. They had a son Ronnie Smith born in 1939 In 1940, he met Edna Mae Holly, a club dancer. The two went into the wedlock in 1943. They were blessed with a son in 1949. The marriage did not work and the two separated in 1960.

In 1965, he tied the nuptials with Millie Wiggins Bruce. She allegedly is reported to have controlled him by keeping him under the influence of medication and drugs. In 1969, he founded the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation for inner-city Los Angeles area.

During the later years of his life, he was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and was treated with insulin. He then was diagnosed with Alzheimer ’s disease. He breathed his last on April 12, 1989 in Los Angeles and was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

In 1999, Associated Press named him as the ‘Welterweight of the Century’, ‘Middleweight of the Century’ and ‘Fighter of the Century’ In 2006, he was honoured by the United Postal Service which issued a commemorative postal stamp

Trivia

5-times World Middleweight Boxing Champion and World Welterweight Championship, he is the first American boxer to have an entourage.

 

The Great’s – Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey was a professional boxer who held the World Heavyweight Championship title from 1919 to 1926.

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Quick Facts

Nick Name: Kid Blackie, Manassa Mauler

Nationality: American

Religion: Mormon

Born on: 24 June 1895 AD

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

Born in: Manassa

Died on 31 May 1983 AD

Place of death: New York City

Father: Hiram Dempsey

Mother: Mary Celia

Siblings: Bernie Dempsey, Johnny Dempsey

Spouses: Deanna Piatelli (m. 1943–1983), Hannah Williams (m. 1933–1943), Estelle Taylor (m. 1925–1930), Maxine Gates (m. 1916–1919)

Children

Barbara Dempsey, Joan Hannah Dempsey, Barbara Dempsey

The great boxing icon Jack Dempsey who held the World Heavyweight Championship title from 1919 to 1926 was a boxer famous for his aggression, powerful punches, and amazing speed. Counted amongst the Top 100 Greatest Punchers for all time, Dempsey is one of the most popular boxers ever in history.

This boxing champion was born as William Harrison Dempsey and discovered his talent for fighting as a youngster. During his initial years he used to box under the pseudonym ‘Kid Blackie’ before adopting the name ‘Jack Dempsey’ as a tribute to his idol, the 19th century boxing champion Jack “Nonpareli” Dempsey. He started boxing as a means to earn money as a teenager. Confident of his powerful build and strength, he challenged people to fight him at saloons. He won most of these fights and decided to train as a boxer. Soon he gained the reputation for being a powerful puncher who could knock out his opponents within seconds. His moment of crowing glory occurred when he beat the boxing giant Jess Willard to win the heavyweight title—this victory earned him the epithet ‘Manassa Mauler’, a name which inspired fear in the minds of his opponents for years to come. He was inducted into the Boxing hall of Fame in 1951.

Childhood & Early Life

He was born as the son of Celia and Hyrum Depsey. His father had problems finding a stable job and the poor family traveled often in search of work. He started working at the age of eight. As a young boy he worked as a miner, farm hand and a cowboy to contribute to his family income. His elder brother Bernie, a prizefighter in saloons taught his younger brother how to fight.

He attended Lakeview Elementary School for some time before dropping out to work full-time. He held a number of odd jobs to make ends meet. In a bid to earn extra money the well-built and muscular Youngster started challenging people at saloons to fight him. He proved to be a capable fighter and decided to get trained in this field.

Career

After realizing that he could earn more money fighting than by working, he began to travel from town to town in search of fighting opportunities. From 1911 to 1916 he fought under the name ‘Kid Blackie’. A local organizer in Salt Lake City arranged his fights.

He took the name ‘Jack Dempsey’ after a 19th century boxer of the same name. He had his first fight under this name in 1914 which ended in a draw after six rounds. Following this he won six bouts in a row by knockout before losing to Jack Downey.

During mid 1910s he registered a winning streak of ten wins in a row, beating Downey by knocking him out in two rounds. He worked in a shipyard and continued to box even as the U.S. entered into the World War I in 1917. He was criticized for not enlisting even though he had tried hard to enlist but had been turned down by the army.

He fought in 17 bouts during 1918 and registered a record of 15-1 with one no-decision. His opponents for the year included Fireman Jim Flynn, the only boxer ever to beat Dempsey by a knockout in a previous match; he avenged his defeat by beating him this time. He won five regular bouts in a row by knockout in the first round in 1919. Dempsey was powerfully built and known to deliver forceful punches. He was very agile and had a unique style of bobbing and weaving.

He fought the reigning World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard on 4 July 1919 in Ohio for the World title. The match was dubbed a battle of modern “ David and Goliath” . Dempsey knocked down Willard seven times and went on to win the World title. He became a celebrity after this win and traveled all over the country and made publicity appearances with circuses, staged exhibitions and even tried his hand at acting. He defended his world title in September 1920 against Billy Miske and easily beat his opponent.

Over the next few years he successfully defended his title against the contenders Bill Brennan, Georges Carpentier and Tommy Gibbons. His last successful defense was in 1923 against the hugely built Luis Angel Firpo. Dempsey repeatedly knocked out Firpo and finally defeated him.

His reign as the undisputable world champion came to an end in September 1926 when Gene Tunney, a highly popular boxer with an excellent track record challenged him. Tunney easily defeated Dempsey to win the world title. He challenged Tunney to a rematch the next year in 1927. In this match too Tunney won and successfully defended his title. Dempsey retired from professional boxing following this defeat though he continued appearing in exhibition matches.

Awards & Achievements

Dempsey was one of the longest reigning heavyweight boxing champions in the history of boxing. He held the title for 7 years, 2 months and 19 days.

Personal Life & Legacy

His first marriage was to the actress Estelle Taylor which ended in a divorce. He married Broadway singer Hannah Williams in 1933 and had two children with her. This marriage too ended in divorce in 1943. His final marriage was to Deanna Piatelli to whom he was married till his death. He died of heart failure in 1983 when he was 87 years old.

Trivia

This boxing champion was also known as ‘The Manassa Mauler’

 

The Greats’s – Joe Louis

Joe Louis was a famous American boxing champion.

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Also Known As: Joseph Louis Barrow

Famous as: Former Heavyweight Champion

Nationality:  American

Born on: 13 May 1914 AD

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Born in: La Fayette

Died on: 12 April 1981 AD

Place of death: Las Vegas

Father: Munroe Barrow

Mother: Lillie (Reese) Barrow

Spouse: Martha Jefferson (m. 1959–1981) Rose Morgan

(m. 1955–1958) Marva Trotter (m. 1935–1945)

Children: Joseph Louis Barrow Jr., Jacqueline

Education:  Bronson Vocational School Founder/Co- Founder Joe Louis Insurance Company,, Brown Bombers,, Joe Louis Milk Company,, Joe Louis pomade (hair grease),, Joe Louis Punch (a drink),, Louis-Rower P.R. firm,, Rhumboogie Café

Awards: 1945 – Legion of Merit (a military decoration rarely awarded to enlisted soldiers) for

Quick Facts

Joe Louis was an illustrious world heavyweight boxing champion, who held the title of ‘world heavyweight champion’ for longer than anyone else in antiquity. Fondly known as the ‘Brown Bomber’, he brought about weighty skills to the game, which no one had seen till his time in the world of ‘boxing’. Of his 27 main fights, in which he came out victorious, four were won through knockouts. During his long and industrious career, he established his status as a meticulous fighter at a time when the sport was subjugated by bookmaking. Even years after his retirement, his influence was felt in the game he once

dominated. He is widely viewed as the first African-American to attain the rank of a national champion within the United States. He also became a pivotal point of anti-Nazi feelings which played a role in leading up to World War II. He shot to international prominence after he defeated world heavyweights such as Stanley Poreda, Natie Brown and Rosco Toles.

Childhood & Early Life

Joseph ‘Joe’ Louis Barrow was the seventh of the eight children born to Lillie and Munroe Barrow in Lafayette, Alabama. He was of African-American-Cherokee descent. Both his parents were children of former slaves in America. When he was a young boy, he suffered from a speech disorder and spoke very less till about the age of 6.

He spent most of his early years growing up in the countryside of Alabama. In 1920, his mother married Pat Brooks, a production contractor, after his father Munroe Barrow was admitted to a mental facility. Munroe Barrow lived there for the remainder part of his life and passed away there.

He studied at Bronson Vocational School and even though his mother always tried to get him to learn the violin, he carried his boxing gloves with him secretly every day. He made his amateur debut as a boxer when he was just 17-years old.

Career: In 1933, he won the Detroit-area championship, when he fought against Joe Biskey in the ‘light heavyweight’ division. The next year, he won the ‘light heavyweight’ division in the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. In 1934, he went on to win the United States Amateur Champion National AAU tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.

These amateur performances, in which he produced 43 knockout victories in 54 matches, soon caught the eyes of certified boxing promoters, who soon approached him. By the end of 1935, it was clear that his string of amateurlevel successes was no coincidence. He fought 14 sessions that year and received nearly $370,000 in prize money. The next year, he had his first professional downfall to Max Schmeling, a former heavyweight champion.

Undeterred by the defeat, he fought Jim Braddock in 1937 for the heavyweight crown and managed to eventually defeat him in the eighth rounds. He set the record as the new heavyweight king, earning the title of ‘Brown Bomber ’, a title he kept for 12 years. One of his most iconic matches was a replay with

Schmeling in June 1938. The fight took place in the Yankee Stadium before colossal crowds and in a matter of less than three minutes, Louis beat Schmeling with swift advances and knocked him down three times, before the referee announced him as the clear winner.

From 1939 to 1942, he secured his ‘heavyweight’ titled thirteen times. During this period, he was successful in his matches against John Henry Lewis, Tony Galento, Arturo Godoy, Al McCoy and Buddy Baer to name a few of the top heavyweight names, whom he defeated. He registered with the army in 1942.The next year, he made a brief appearance in the Hollywood ‘war ’ musical titled, ‘This Is the Army’.

On April 9, 1945, he was promoted to the rank of technical sergeant. The same year, he was given an honour by the army. After he got out of the army, he suffered from extreme financial debts.

He retired from boxing on March 1, 1949. He made a brief comeback but he failed to create the sort of magic he created earlier. Hence, he officially called it quits on October 26, 1951, after he was knocked out by Rocky Marciano in a match. After he retired from boxing, he was requested to partake in the San Diego Open for golf in 1952; a sport that he adored and followed right from his early years. He went on to become the first African-American to play a PGA Tour event.

He also invested in a number of businesses, many of which failed, including the ‘Joe Louis Restaurant’, ‘Joe Louis Insurance Company’ and a softball team called the ‘Brown Bombers’. It was during this time, he was a referee for boxing and continued with refereeing for the sport till 1972. He was last seen viewing the Larry Holmes-Trevor Berbick Heavyweight Championship in 1981, just hours before he passed away.

Awards & Achievements

He won the Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions for the ‘Light Heavyweight Champion’ category, in 1934. He won the National AAU Boxing Championship for the ‘Light Heavyweight Champion’ category, in 1934. The ‘Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year ’ Award was conferred to Louis, in 1936.

He held the title of ‘World Heavyweight Championship’ from the years 1937 to 1949. In 1941, he won the Edward J. Neil Trophy. In 1945, he was awarded the prestigious ‘Legion of Merit’ by the US Army. He also held the title of ‘Youngest Heavyweight Champion’ from 1937 to 1956.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Marva Trotter with whom he had two children. He then went on to adopt three other children. He divorced her in 1945, only to marry her again and divorce her again. In 1955, he married Rose Morgan and their marriage was annulled three years later. He married Martha Jefferson in 1959 and the marriage lasted a lifetime. Apart from his marriages, he enjoyed the company of other women such as Sonja Henie, Lana Turner and Lena Horne. A movie about Louis’ life titled, ‘The Joe Louis Story’ was filmed by Robert Gordon, with Coley Wallace playing the role of the protagonist.

He started doing drugs and in 1969, he was hospitalized after he collapsed on a street in New York City. It would later be revealed in the 1971 book by Barney Nagler, ‘Brown Bomber ’, which tags cocaine as the reason of the collapse.

Towards the end of his life, he suffered strokes and a number of heart ailments and later, even underwent surgery to correct aortic aneurysm, in 1977. He passed away due a cardiac arrest near Las Vegas, hours after his last public appearance. He was buried with full military honours at the Arlington National Cemetery.

A sports stadium is named after him in Detroit called the ‘Joe Louis Arena’. A memorial in Detroit was also made in his honour. The memorial is a 24-foot-long arm with a fisted hand, which is said to be a depiction of his hand. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, in 1982. In 1993, he became the first boxer to be featured on the US postage stamp, issued by the US Postal Service.

He made it into the list of ‘100 Greatest African-Americans’, in 2002. A bronze statue of Louis was unveiled in his hometown, located outside the Chambers County Courthouse.

Trivia

This famous world heavyweight champion backed the careers of several African-American golfers including Bill Spiller, Clyde Martin, Charlie Sifford and Howard Wheeler to name a few.

 

 

 

The Great’s – Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson was the first African American to become the world’s heavyweight boxing champion.

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Quick Facts

Nationality: American

Born on: 31 March 1878 AD

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Born in: Texas

Died on: 10 June 1946 AD

Jack Johnson, born as John Arthur Johnson, is often regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time. Nicknamed the Galveston Giant, he was the first ever black boxer to win the world heavyweight boxing championship. The son of former slaves, he had to drop out of school at an early age to find work

in order to supplement his family income. Tall and well built, the youngster planned on taking up boxing and made his professional debut in a boxing match at the age of 20.

He was once arrested for illegal prizefighting with veteran boxer Joe Choynski and the two were imprisoned together—this turned out to be a boon in disguise as the young Johnson got the opportunity to learn the techniques and nuances of the sport from the older and experienced Choynski. Johnson became a very successful boxer and became the world Coloured heavyweight champion—a title he defended 17 times. Bigger success was to follow when he defeated white boxer Tommy Burns to become the first black world heavyweight boxing champion. Accorded the status of a celebrity athlete, he also had his share of controversies mainly because of his involvement and subsequent marriages with white women which was a rarity during those times when interracial marriages were virtually unheard of.

Childhood & Early Life

Johnson was born to former slaves Henry and Tina in Galveston, Texas. His parents worked hard to raise their large family consisting of several children. Due to family circumstances the young Jack had to drop

out of school at an early age to work as a dock boy and support his family. He began boxing locally as a teenager.

Career

He started fighting professionally in 1898 at the age of 20 and won the Texas State Middleweight Title defeating Charley Brooks. He got his first big opportunity in 1899 when he fought against the African-American heavyweight John Haines who fought under the name of ‘Klondike’. Johnson lost the fight on a technical knock-out in the fifth round.

He fought experienced boxer Joe Choynski in 1901 and lost out to him in the third round. Since their fight was considered illegal at that time, both the boxers were arrested and imprisoned. During their time together in jail, Choynski became Johnson’s mentor and taught him many boxing skills.

In 1903, he won his first title–the World Colored Heavyweight Championship—by beating Denver Ed Martin in a 20-round match. He defended this title 17 times and held it till 1908. With his eyes now on the World Heavyweight Championship, he challenged the reigning champion James Jeffries. Jeffries, a white boxer, however, refused to fight with a black man. The Canadian boxer Tommy Burns became the World

Heavyweight Champion in 1906 and he challenged boxers of all races and ethnicities to come and fight with him.

In December 1908, Burns agreed to spar with the black boxer and Johnson created history by beating Burns to become the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World. T he former world champion James Jeffries who had retired undefeated years ago decided to come out of retirement to take on Johnson. In 1910, the two boxing greats fought each other in what was called ‘The Fight of the Century’ which Johnson won easily. The triumph of a black man over a white one led to racial tensions and riots

all across the U.S. Johnson decided not to fight against black boxers during the initial years after becoming the world champion and he was criticized for denying other blacks a chance at winning the championship. Johnson was the reigning world champion till 1915 when he was knocked out by Jess Willard in the 26th round of the fight in the heavyweight title and Willard took the championship.

He continued fighting professionally till the age of 60.

Major Victories

He created history by beating Tommy Burns in Australia in 1908 to become the world’s first black heavyweight champion. He beat the former undefeated world champion James Jeffries in what was dubbed the ‘Fight of the Century’ in 1910.

Awards & Achievements

He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954.

He was named on the list of 100 Greatest African

Americans by scholar Molefi Kete Asante.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was often romantically involved with white women, a subject which created much controversy during his times. He married thrice and all of his wives were white. His first marriage was to Etta Duryea in 1911. The marriage was troubled from the very beginning. He physically abused his wife who later committed suicide in 1912.

He married Lucille Cameron in 1912. His second wife divorced him in 1924 because of his infidelity. His third marriage was to Irene Pineau. He was arrested in 1912 for violating the Mann Act and sentenced to a year in prison. Today, however, it is widely accepted that it was a racially motivated attack perpetrated by white racists.

He was killed in a car crash on June 10, 1946 at the age of 68.

Trivia

The 1970 movie ‘The Great White Hope’ is based on the life of this boxing champion. He was one of the first athletes of the modern era to achieve celebrity status. This famous boxer was nicknamed as the Galveston 
Giant.

The Great’s – George Foreman

George_Foreman_2009Famously known to the world as ‘Big George’, George Foreman Is a former World Heavy Weight Champion, Olympic gold Medallist, a pitch man, an entrepreneur and an author.

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Big George, The Heywood Giant

Also Known As: George Edward Foreman

Nationality: American

Religion: Protestant

Born on: 10 January 1949 AD

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Born in: Marshall, Texas

Father: Leroy Moorehead

Siblings: Roy Foreman

Spouses: Mary Joan Martelly (m. 1985), Andrea Skeete (m.

1982–1985), Sharon Goodson (m. 1981–1982),

Cynthia Lewis (m. 1977–1979), Adrienne Calhoun

(m. 1971–1974)

Children: George Foreman III, Freeda Foreman, Georgetta

Foreman, George Foreman Jr., Michi Foreman,

Natalia Foreman, George Foreman VI, George

Foreman IV, Isabella Brandie Lilja Foreman,

George Foreman V, Leola Foreman

Education: Rice University

Net worth $250 million

Awards:

1973 – Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year

1976 – Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year

1973 – BWAA Fighter of the Year

1994 – BWAA Fighter of the Year

1968 – United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion

1974 – World Heavyweight Champion

1994–1995 – IBF Heavyweight Champion

1994–1995 – WBA Heavyweight Champion

1994-1997 – Lineal World Heavyweight Champion

1968 – Olympic Boxing Champions in Men’s Heavyweight

1994 – Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year

Quick Facts

George Edward Foreman is the former World Heavy weight Champion who started his life from street fights and poverty but trained himself to be a world renowned boxer.

He is known for his epic fights with ace boxers like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, etc. His is a very interesting life story of epic victories, devastating defeats, retirements and larger than life comebacks. His was not a consistent boxing career as after every defeat he retreated into a safe haven away from the world of boxing. After his well-known defeat at the hands of Muhammad Ali, Foreman became a born-again Christian and devoted his life to god, charity and his family. But just when the

world thought that he has succumbed to oblivion, he made a massive comeback at the age of 40, proving to the world that age is just a number. His fame and unorthodox boxing career earned him a lot of respect and money and he turned into a successful entrepreneur. He has been rated as one of the 25 greatest fighters of the past 80 years by The Ring magazine.

The magazine also ranked him as the 9th greatest puncher of the century. He is also an author of multiple cookbooks and children’s books.

Childhood & Early Life

George Foreman was born on 10 January 1949 in Marshall, Texas. He was raised by his mother and his

stepfather J.D. Foreman, whom his mother married after he was born. His biological father was Leroy Moorehead. He grew up with six other siblings in a very poor household in Houston, Texas. His stepfather was a drunkard who spent all his railroad worker’s wages in drinking and they all depended on his mother’s meagre salary.

As a youth he got into trouble with the law many times and got dropped out of the school at the age of 15. He was often involved in street fights and gang clashes. It was during these years that he decided to join Job Corps and moved to California to get trained in boxing.

Career

In 1968, Foreman went on to win a gold medal in Olympics’ Heavyweight Boxing Championship in Mexico

City. It was during this time that there were riots in US over civil rights and Vietnam. African-American community was still under speculation whether to support US policy or not. Many African-American athletes were publicly showing their contempt against US policy. Foreman was tempted for a while but it did not deter him from winning the medal. In 1969, Foreman decided to take up boxing professionally

and went through serious and rigorous boxing training sessions. In the same year he fought his first pro boxing match against Don Walheim in New York City. He won the match in a three-round knockout.

1969 and 1970 were glorious years in the career of Foreman as he fought 13 fights in 1969 and won all of

them, and in 1970 continued winning boxing matches by knocking out 11 men in total. Despite all his wins people criticized Foreman and said that he only won these matches because he fought against the has-beens.

In 1973, he silenced all the criticisms against him by fighting the ace champion Joe Frazier. In this epic match Foreman sent Frazier twice to the mat by the end of first round, once by lifting him off his feet. By the end of second round Frazier was beaten. In 1974, Foreman escalated his success by fighting a

match against the infamous heavyweight boxer Ken Norton. Ken Norton was notorious for his awkward boxing techniques and for breaking Muhammad Ali’s jaw. By the second round, Foreman had beaten Norton so badly that he wobbled on his legs in the ring and the referee had to intervene to stop the fight. This gave him 40-0 record with 37 knockouts. In the summer of 1974, Foreman suffered his first defeat.

He fought against Muhammad Ali in a match that took place in Congo. It was a tough match where both the boxers fought very hard but by the 8th round Foreman started to get tired and with Ali’s final blow to his head and jaw it was declared that Foreman has lost the match. After his first defeat, Foreman made his comeback in 1976 in Las Vegas. He fought against Ron Lyle and after the 5th round Foreman sent Lyle to the ground and won the match. This win helped him to gain the confidence that he had lost in the match against Muhammad Ali. In 1977, the course of Foreman’s life changed. Although, he won the match against Pedro Agosto in Florida, he lost to Jimmy Young in Puerto Rico. Foreman, like his match with Ali, was tired by the second half of the fight and endured a flash knockdown at the hands of Young.

It was in the dressing room after the fight with Jimmy Young that Foreman became ill and claimed to have

suffered from a near death experience. Later on he said that it was in that moment of despair and suffering that he decided to change the ways of his life and dedicate his life to Christianity. He became a born-again Christian and stopped fighting. In the following years, he became an ordained minister in

Houston, Texas and devoted his life to god and his family. He also opened a youth centre and shared his Christian experiences on the television transmits like The 700 Club and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

After 10 years of keeping himself away from the boxing ring, in 1987 Foreman declared his comeback at the age of 40, surprising everyone.

Despite being out of shape, he knocked out Steve Zouski in the 4th round of the match in Sacramento, California. In 1988, he won 9 fights, notably knocking out the Cruiserweight Champion Dwight Muhammad Qawi in one of these fights. By 1989, Foreman started using his fame to get himself more fame and became the household name by selling diverse products in the advertisements on the television. People started associating with him a friendly and smiling image in contrast to the ferocious and ominous image he had before.

In 1991, Foreman fought the heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield for the world title in a Pay Per View boxing event. Although, Foreman lasted the full 12 rounds but Holyfield proved too swift and strong for him and he lost the match. In 1993, Foreman lost the match against Tommy Morrison.

Morrison was more agile and younger than Foreman and he tired him out by the 12th round. It was unlikely that Foreman would be offered to fight at another championship after he lost to Morrison but he took the case to the court pleading age discrimination and eventually won the case. In 1994, he stood against Michael Moorer in a title challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the first 9 rounds Moorer outboxed Foreman but in the 10th round he punched Moorer in the chin and he landed flat on his back. This win earned Foreman the championship that he had lost to Muhammad Ali 20 years back—the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation heavyweight Title.

In 1997, Foreman fought his last boxing match against Shannon Briggs for the right to face WBC champion Lennox Lewis. By the 12th round, Briggs was declared as the champion and Foreman retired for good at the age of 48.

Major Fights

In 1974, the match famously promoted as ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ against Muhammad Ali was a historical match and an important one in the life of Foreman. It was the first time that he faced a defeat in his boxing career. In 1987, Foreman made his comeback after 20 years of retirement from the boxing world. He won at the age of 38 in a match against Steve Zouski by knocking him out by the 4th round. He won the match even when he has been out of shape for the years he was not boxing. He selfproclaimed that he wanted to show everyone that the age 40 is not a ‘death sentence’. In 1994, he became the world champion by defeating Michael Moorer in Las Vegas. He gained the title of the World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, the tile he has lost to Muhammad Ali in the epic ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ 20 years back.

Personal Life & Legacy

During 1981-83, Foreman got married and divorced thrice. It is also known that one of his wives fled to Barbados with their kids but he found them and got them back. He has 12 children and 2 daughters. He has adopted two girls, Isabella Brandie Lilia and Courtney Isaac, in the years 2009 and 2012 respectively. He lives with his wife Mary Joan.

Trivia

On November 5, 1994, at the age of 45, he became the oldest heavyweight champ in history when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round. The time when Foreman lost to Muhammad Ali, it dented

his pride and he got caught into a self-destructive cycle by wasting money and womanizing. In 1989, Muhammad Ali and Foreman became good friends. Foreman made a return from his retirement in 1987

because he had exhausted all his money earned from boxing from previous years and he needed to support his children.

During his match for the title with Michael Moorer in Las Vegas, Foreman wore the same red trunks that he wore when he lost the same title to Ali 20 years back.

He was signed as a spokesperson for the ‘fat-reducing grill’ by Russell Hobbs. It is said that the company paid him around 137 million dollars to buy out the rights for his name to name a grill the ‘George Foreman Grill’.

 

 

 

Billy Hawthorn Bang Banging his way to the top.

Last Saturday night on the huge Team Reps Rise of the Warriors 4 show saw the first title defence of the FCC Heavyweight Title from number two ranked Bare Knuckle Boxer, Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn.

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Hawthorn who is riding a wave of success in both his Bare Knuckle and gloved fight career, was talking on ex professional boxer Phil Reid in his return to the ring after some time out on the undercard to the eagerly awaited rematch of Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry and ‘Big’ John Lewis.

The first round showed that Hawthorn who is best known for being a banger going for the early knockout really can box as Reid tried him for size showing some good movement and not giving Hawthorn the opportunity to unleash his deviating overhand trademark punches that very often see Billy’s fights ending in the first round.

Early in the second round ‘Bang Bang’ took advantage of an opening by Reid and it was all over, lights out for Reid and another win by Knockout for Hawthorn as he retains his FCC Heavyweight Title belt.

 

Redemption – Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry vs ‘Big’ John Lewis

Well what a year it’s been for Newcastle Michael Ferry as he has rocketed to the pinnacle of the BKB World picking up no less than three titles. The British Heavyweight BKB Title, The Transatlantic BKB title and the World Bare Knuckle Boxing heavyweight BKB title but all roads lead back to avenging a loss early on in his gloved career to Middleborough’s powerhouse the aptly named ‘Big’ John Lewis.

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Ferry took quite a heavy loss against Lewis seven years ago at the tender age of 18 and was eager to have another shot to get his own on the strong and talented Lewis.

In what is likely to be the most eagerly awaited rematch in the UK, Team Reps gave Ferry the chance to do just that on the Rise of the Warriors 4 – Redemption’ show in Newcastle last weekend as the two met once more to do battle for the vacant BBU British Heavyweight Title.

In a battle fought over four good rounds of boxing both men more than proved their worth showing skill, experience and power with Ferry taking an early lead but Lewis showing that he was no pushover as he let his experience show. By the end of the third round Lewis seemed to have tired as he returned to his corner with a bloodied face, but came out in the fourth rejuvenated picking up pace looking sharp.

Both fighters managed to catch each other with some powerful shots and both managed to rock each other but in the end Ferry’s speed and skill was just too much for Lewis, handing him the win, the BBU British Title and ‘Redemption’ in a unanimous points decision.

The new British Boxing Union (BBU) British Heavyweight Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry.

 

Ex European Contender trains new Albanian Fighter to title success

What a weekend it was for boxing in Newcastle upon Tyne with the huge success of the Team Reps Rise of the Warriors show on which we saw the latest outing for talented young Albanian born boxer Bledi Metaj.

Bledi who has been trained my North East Boxing legend Paul Charters who in the late 80’s and early 90’s held two northern Area Titles, fought in two final British Eliminators and fought Antonio Renzo in Sicily for the European strap returned to the ring in a title bout for the vacant FCC super welterweight title against the more experienced Jack Scott.

Both fighters fought a touch four rounds with Bledi edging away all the time thank to some very fine footwork, add that to dropping Scott to the canvas in the third round saw a resounding unanimous decision on points making Bledi the new Super Welterweight FCC Champion.

Ex European Contender trains new Albanian Fighter to title success

What a weekend it was for boxing in Newcastle upon Tyne with the huge success of the Team Reps Rise of the Warriors show on which we saw the latest outing for talented young Albanian born boxer Bledi Metaj.

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Bledi who has been trained my North East Boxing legend Paul Charters who in the late 80’s and early 90’s held two northern Area Titles, fought in two final British Eliminators and fought Antonio Renzo in Sicily for the European strap returned to the ring in a title bout for the vacant FCC super welterweight title against the more experienced Jack Scott.

Both fighters fought a touch four rounds with Bledi edging away all the time thank to some very fine footwork, add that to dropping Scott to the canvas in the third round saw a resounding unanimous decision on points making Bledi the new Super Welterweight FCC Champion.

No 2 ranked lightweight signs for UBBAD!

Hot off the press. It was announced on social media by UBBAD’s Joe Brown this morning that the number two raked lightweight by the World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council, Bradley Harris has signed for UBBAD!

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Brad who has had two fights and two wins in BKB, his first taking a win over the very tough Andy Walsh and amazingly Brad took this fight with little over an hours’ notice, and who could ever forget his epic battle with the Outlaw, Sean George at Battle Royale in Nottingham where he picked up a win on points after three rounds of all-out war.

Brad also have a very impressive gloved record and turned down the chance of going pro to become contracted to UBBAD as he sees just how well looked after UBBAD fighters are and how they are going mainstream.

We can’t wait to see Harris back in the ring very soon and look forward to a very bright BKB career with UBBAD

Interview with the ‘Celtic Warrior’ Jimmy Sweeny

Any chance of a cheeky written interview please mate

Hey Stu my good pal of course I’ll give you a quick interview.

Well what a year it’s been for you, when you debuted at New Blood in Kettering did you ever think in less than a year you would be fighting for a title?

Yeah it’s been a great year for me in BKB and I’m delighted with the ways it’s gone and my progression through the ranks. Well I knew if I kept winning and looking good doing it I’d eventually get a shot nit didn’t think it would come so soon.

 What has been your favorite fight so far?

The Jon Stuart fight was my favorite over the importance of that fight and what it meant to me to fight for the Jay Strickson memorial belt.

What do you see as your hardest fight so far?

No disrespect to any of my opponents but I can’t really say any of them were my hardest fight and that’s not me being big headed but I’ve only taken about two punches in five fights.

Your BKB record stands at unbeaten is that something that you’re proud of?

Yeah I’m proud to be 5-0 at this stage of my BKB career I just hope I can keep up that unbeaten record but it’ll be hard with all the top lads UBBAD have but I wont give it up easy.

To what do you attribute your success?

My success this far I would have to say is down to my natural ability as a boxer and one very awkward style lol.

 Are you going to approach your title fight with Christian Evans?

I’m going to approach this fight as I have done all my others just because it’s a title fight I’m not going to treat it any different.

 

Is your training regime going to be any different?

I’m going to do the usual training I have always done its got me this far so why change a winning formula. I might go on a diet though and do a few sunbeds just for the camera haha

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Will you take time out of training for Christmas?

Yeah of course mate I’ll have to take a few days out with the family if not I think my woman will kill me lol. Its going to be real hard to not just pick out over Xmas but this fight is more important to me than a few days eating shit and drinking so its going to be a boring Xmas for me.

This Title as you know is fully sanctioned by The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council, does that mean more to you?

Of course Stu. The WBKBC are great governing body with a great board who know their stuff. This fight means a lot you me any way because if I beat Christian it’ll prove I’m the best middleweight in UBBAD.

Call the fight how will it end, who will win and when?

I’m not going to predict rounds or how its going to end but I have full confidence in my ability as I’m sure Christian has and I believe without a doubt that I’m going to win this fight. I’d like to wish Christian all the best because he’s a very good friend of mine.

 If you take the win over Christian who is in your sights next, would Scott Midgely be on your radar?

If I win this fight all the middleweights will be in my sights because I’ll have something they want bit yeah Scott is definitely one of the fights I want and even though he’s not even close to being in the same league as me, I’ll just enjoy beating him up because he talks some shit. Scott that fight is going to happen bud I just hope your going to be ready for it

As you know Billy Martin has just signed to UBBAD, do you fancy a pop at him?

Billy martin is a fight that’s going to as well, we were supposed to fight in November but unfortunately he got injured so lets just hope that doesn’t happen again if we do have to fight.

The Coventry show is huge, 1500 capacity with some treats in store for the VIP guests, what do you think of that?

That’s a great idea to give the fans that pay a lot of money for these shows a little extra treat because if it wasn’t for the fans these shows couldn’t be possible. So a big thank you has to go to the loyal UBBAD fans for turning up at every show and showing brilliant support to all the fighters. Thank you

What do you think of UBBAD as a promotional company?

I think the world of UBBAD all the management all the people that help out and all the fans and nearly all the fighters haha they’ve shown me nothing but the height of respect since I started and have done the same with my brother. So for me there’s no other promotion I would rather fight for or I will ever fight for other UBBAD.

What do you think of the ‘World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’ the world sanctioning body for BKB?

The WBKBC are doing a great job and I hope it continues for a long time. Well done lads

OK, let’s call some fights, who will win when and how?

Ferry vs Glaysher

I’m going with ferry on this one he’s a good fighter he’s young, strong and fast plus I haven’t seen his opponent fight yet.

 

John Sweeney v Jay Ferguson

Ah this is a tough one but I’m going with my brother john. He had a good first win after being the best part of 10+ years out of a boxing ring so I’m expecting big improvements with more fights he has. Best of luck to jay who’s a very nice lad.

Billy Burton vs Sean Wilkinson

I’m going with Billy Burton on this one because he’s a mate but it’ll be a tough fight for both lads as Billys coming off a loss and Sean is going to give it all for his first win.

The Scottish tile defense of Donald McPhee vs Jon Stuart

Hard one to call this two gentlemen bit Donald has me in his corner so I’m going with him lol.

The Rematch of Ross Chittock vs Leon Coker

Possible contender for fight of the night this one. But I’m going with my mate Leon Coker. I think Leon has realized after their last fight that this is a hard sport and you have to be dedicated to your training or you will get beat. I think we’re going to see a better Coker than the first fight but he’ll have a very tough Ross Chittock in front of him that’ll give him all sort of problems but I think he’ll come through them this time.

Thanks for you time Jimmy, have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing in in January.

 

 

 

 

 

UBBAD’s ‘Iron Lion’ talks about his up and coming rematch. LEON COKER vs ROSS CHITTOCK 2!!

Its been quite a year for you since starting to fight for UBBAD, unbeaten until your last outing with Ross Chitock, are you looking forward to the rematch?

Yes, I can’t wait

Do you think that the outcome will be different this time?
I must win my next fight against Ross he is a very tough lad, I had to retire because I injured myself but I had Ross in trouble for two rounds and I am sure that he would agree.

To what do you attribute your success in BKB?
I have great power but the biggest thing I would say  is that I have a great heart, I have seen so many good fighters but if they don’t have the heart then the wont do well.

Are you going to approach your rematch with Ross differently this time?
I learned a lot from the fight with Ross and I will be picking my shots better this time

Is your training regime going to be any different?
Well not so much different but twice as hard, twice as brutal and putting twice as much into it

Will you take time out of training for Christmas?
Christmas is off this year!

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If you take the win over Ross, this time who is in your sights next?
I will fight anyone to be honest, but with each fight I want to be stepping up a level, I know that we have a lot of really good boxers in UBBAD and, well my boxing skills just keep getting better and better each and every day, and I promise you it wont be long at all until I can mix it with the best of best!

What do you see as your hardest fight so far?
I would say my fight with Ross, it was all out war

As you know Billy Martin has just signed to UBBAD, do you fancy a pop at him?
As I said I will fight anyone that UBBAD put in front of me

The Coventry show is huge, 1500 capacity with some treats in store for the VIP guests, what do you think of that?
I think its amazing to be honest we get bigger and better every show and UBBAD leading way as always

What do you think of UBBAD as a promotional company?
Well they don’t get any better than UBBAD and I am pleased and proud to be part of the team

What do you think of the ‘World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’ the world sanctioning body for BKB?
I think its important to have a sanctioning body to make sure that fighters are looked after, but what makes the WBKBC different as they are all about looking out for the fighters and are not there to make money, they don’t even charge membership fee’s to fighters

OK, let’s call some fights, who will win when and how?
Ferry vs Glaysher
I can’t see anyone beating Michael Ferry at the moment

John Sweeney v Jay Ferguson
I think John Sweeney will edge it through boxing skills butt Jay is a tough guy so could win as we all know in BKB one shot can change the game

Billy Burton vs Sean Wilkinson
I am very confident that Sean will beat Billy Burton

Thanks for your time and I wish a safe fight in January

Thanks Stu and can I just wish the very best of luck to everyone in there next fights #trainhardfighteasy #ubbad

Billy Martin Signs for UBBAD

Top International BKB Fighter signs to UBBAD!

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It is with great pleasure that we can confirm the USA’s Billy ‘The Kid’ Martin has signed with UBBAD to become an official contracted UBBAD fighter, Billy who was in the UK to fight for UBBAD against Scot Midgely for the Middleweight Transatlantic Title will fight regularly in the UK for UBBAD.   Please join us in giving Billy a very warm welcome to UBBAD!

 

Out Now! North East Online Magazine featuring UBBAD’s Michael Ferry and James McCrory

Out Now! North East Online Magazine featuring UBBAD’s Michael Ferry and James McCrory

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Out today is issue 19 of the hugely popular North East Online Magazine, in this edition featured are two great articles written by UBBAD’s Stu Armstrong featuring Michael Ferry and James McCorry.

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Take a look at Page 82 onwards and them go back and read the rest of this great free magazine.

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Click here now to read

UBBAD BKB Academy Training Day 12th December

We will be conducting a number of training days looking for the BKB stars of the future, the next one being in Nottingham on Saturday December 12th 2015 with the sessions being ran by James McCrory, Michael Ferry and Dave Radford. During this training day they will look at your potential to become a UBBAD fighter, if you have what it takes you will be rewarded with a UBBAD Fight Contract.

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Please note that this is now the ONLY way in which someone can join UBBAD as a fighter. They day itself is free and is an amazing opportunity to train with the champions of BKB, the day is open to anyone aged 18 and over and is Free.

 

Please contact Stu Armstrong on Facebook or email fighters@ubbadtv.com with your name, experience, weight, age, and telephone number to book your place.

 

A Mini bus will be leaving Newcastle on the morning of Saturday 12th December and returning lunch time on Sunday 12th, there are limited spaces available and this will be free to anyone attending the training day but be quick. (Please note accommodation is not provided unless you are an existing UBBAD contracted fighter)

 

Those fighters already contracted to UBBAD please contact me if you need a seat on the mini bus from Newcastle to confirm

 

The Training Day will take place from 12pm at the following venue:

 

Muscle factory gym
Alexandre house
Watnall road
Hucknall
Nottingham
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Check out this video with some highlights of the last training day https://youtu.be/o5SB2NcSyMc

 

 

 

A BKB Fight Card to make your mouth water!

January is set to see UBBAD in conjunction with Rouge Elite once more raise the bar when it comes to BKB shows. On 16th January 2016 all eyes will be on Coventry for what has been quite rightly termed the ‘BKB Super show’.

Many promoters in this day and age look to fill venues with capacities of 200 or 250 maximum, but UBBAD don’t believe in doing things by half and after three sell out shows of 500 plus in 2015 at Nottingham’s Cowlick Hall its time for things to get yet again bigger, with the 1500 capacity Coventry Blitz show which is looking to also be a sell-out very soon as well.

Why is this? Well it’s a combination of top class management, top class venues with all of the stops pulled out and World class BKB Bouts. As yet the full card hasn’t been announced for January but the bouts that have been announced so far can only be described as mouth-watering.

Topping the bill is a real explosion of two differing fighting styles with two unbeaten BKB fighters as they contest the ‘World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’ Middleweight Belt, what a match this is with both warriors unbeaten with a 5-0 record, Jimmy ‘The Celtic’ Warrior Sweeney vs Christian ‘Fatboy’ Evans. Now this truly is a fight that the fans want to see in what is surely going to be one of the most talked about bouts of the year.

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Then the Co-main event see’s British, Transatlantic and WBKBC Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry return to the ring in a bid to defend his UBBAD British Heavyweight title against someone with a huge amount of boxing experience but still new to both UBBAD and BKB Richie Glaysher.

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So with just the two top of the bill fights we can already see that this is shaping up to be one of epic proportions, but what about the lightweight division is here you say, well what about this to wet you’re your appetite? Well how about a WBKBC Lightweight Title Eliminator fight between none other than Sean ‘The Outlaw’ George and Martin ‘The Immaculate’ Conception this guarantees to be an action packed battle right to the end!

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Now as always in a bid to give the fans want they want, and here at UBBBAD we all know just how much you love a title fight, so we will also see Donald ‘The Highlander’ McPhee in his first title defence where he will take on Jon Stuart who is determined to become the Scottish Champion.

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Now here at UBBAD we know that when the fans watch a fight that is an all-out war then they just love to see a rematch of that fight, so how about this one Ross ‘The Problem’ Chittock will once more take on Leon ‘The Iron Lion’ Coker, everyone will remember the absolute battle that these two tough middleweights fought at the ‘Fists and Fireworks’ show of early November with Ross taking the win, now in the rematch Leon will be looking for redemption and Ross of course will want to make it two out of two!

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Yet another corker on the card will be two of the newer names to UBBAD both having one bout each and both proving that they fire on all cylinders in an explosive way, John Sweeny vs Jay Ferguson you want fireworks? You want all-out war? You want Armageddon then we promise you this bout will have it all!

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And Ladies and Gentlemen how about The Return of the ‘Pretty Boy’ as Nathen Lesson takes on Scott Midgely, this will be an amazing bout and one that the fans will love to see as Boxer takes on Brawler, in the matches literally anything can happen, and Midgely will be seriously pumped up looking for an explosive win in his first fight back from his failed World Title bid against American Billy Martin.

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Now a true fight where anything can happen see’s ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ Josh Foreman who stands unbeaten in BKB at 2-0 after wins over both Tony Crawford and John Hawthorn go toe to toe with the 0-2 John Spencer, but don’t let statistics make you think that Josh is in for an easy fight as the combat sports Veteran John Spencer has taken on two of the very best in UBBAD, ex commonwealth Champion from Hartlepool Kev Bennett and ‘The Outlaw’ Sean George. John Spencer has a huge amount of fights in the bank in a variety of disciplines including, BKB, Boxing, K1 Rules Kickboxing and Professional MMA.

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Following on with the lightweight match ups we see the return of Nottingham’s Tom Lax who will do battle with non-other than ‘Bang Bangs’ younger brother John ‘The Hitman Hawthorn. John will be looking to prove himself coming back from two losses and I am sure that Lax will want to pick up a second win in his UBBAD journey.

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What’s that I hear you say? You want a Heavyweight Clash? Well ok how about this one for you Adam Downie, who was the first to defeat the tough Bradford fighter in BKB Nathen JDogg with cross swords so to speak with Rouge Elites Adam ‘Butch Brown’, both of these big men will meet in the ring coming from wins last time out in what is sure to be a real clash of the Heavyweight Titans.

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We also have ‘The Slovakian Hammer’ making his welcome return to the ring after his loss to Michael ‘Mad Dog’ Ord last time out at Rumble in the Forrest who will be looking to avoid the ‘Bam Bam’ of Dean Byfield, and a cracking bout lined up will be two tough experienced guys who will both maker their UBBAD Debut, as Birmingham’s Ricky Nedler takes on Jason Edmand.

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Coming back from bitter disappointment after losing out on the Scottish strap the ‘Highlander’ Donald McPhee is Billy Burton who takes on ex K1 Rules Kickboxer and two fights in Sean Wilkinson, Sean who debuted for UBBAD at Wales and lost out by one single point to Duane ‘The Wrecking Machine’ Keen and last time out stepped up at only a few hours’ notice to fight Glenn Moore after a late pull-out will be looking to change his 0-2 record and take the win over Burton.

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Talking of Glenn Moore we give you what I think has the potential to be a fast and powerful fight as Moore takes on Sean ‘Razor’ McFarlane, Sean who trains out of Shaun Smith’s Gym in Warrington debuted on the Wales show this year and took a first round win over Sunderland’s Johnny Hawthorn and what about this one for you, one of my favourite new fighters that always puts on a show Chris Wheeldon who last time out took a convincing win from Glenn Moore will be taking UBBAD debutant who comes to us fresh from a win in the bales Brian ‘The Preacher’ Shepard.

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So how does that fight card grab you so far then? This is better already than most BKB shows in the UK, or even worldwide and these bouts are guaranteed all ‘Thrillers’ and no ‘Fillers’ but that isn’t enough for us hare at UBBAD to give you as we still have some more amazing matches to announce.

The show itself will take place at ‘The Sports Connexion’ Leisure centre in Coventry and already tickets are flying like for this 1500 capacity BKB Super Show with tickets priced at £30 for standard and £50 for VIP.

Once again UBBAD are pushing the boundaries of BKB making it mainstream with what is easily the biggest and best BKB fight show ever staged worldwide, and working alongside Rouges Elite just who could ask for more?

Tickets can be ordered online now using the secure UBBAD online ticket portal which can be found at www.bbadtv.com/tickets

 

My advice? Don’t hang around or you may just find that you’re missing out on BKB history!

 

Statement from the management of UBBAD Promotions in regard to Corey Williams.

We would like to make it abundantly clear that Corey Williams is not, never has been, nor will he be in the future, a contracted fighter of UBBAD Promotions.

Furthermore, he will not fight for us in the future due to a number of reasons and does not represent UBBAD Promotions in any way, shape or form and has no right to speak, procure or conduct business on our behalf, in any capacity.

It is clear that UBBAD Promotions and Mr. Williams have very differing ideas about the meaning of professionalism, truth and honesty. UBBAD Promotions remain professional and transparent and operate a company that promotes honesty and integrity and this does not sit well with the ethos of Mr. Williams.

We would like to express out thanks to Mr. Williams for traveling to the UK on two occasions for his defeats by Michael Ferry and James McCrory and would like to wish him luck for whatever avenues he choses to pursue in the future.

Kind regards

The UBBAD Promotions Management Team

Who is next for ‘The Real Deal’ Michael Ferry?

There isn’t a BKB fan out there that isn’t desperate to know who will be taking on the UBBAD British, Transatlantic & World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry in January at the UBBAD Super show.

In an announce on Ferry’s fan page last night the 25 year old Champion from Newcastle upon Tyne announced that he would be issuing an announcement by video tonight to let everyone know his opponent.

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Social Media is rife with all kinds of names and suggestions in this very closely guarded secret. Make sure to keep an eye out on Michaels Facebook Fan Page this tonight by clicking here and be amongst the first to know.

In what will be the co-main event of the BKB super show scheduled to be held ion Coventry on 16th January Ferry will defend his UBBAD British Heavyweight Title.

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Michael has been quoted as saying ‘I have had some amazing support again through 2015 by UBBAD, Fans and my sponsor www.primestrike.com and I feel it would be the right thing to do to tell all of my fans and everyone in the BKB world who my next opponent will be myself by video”

The Pretty Boy returns!

After suffering disappointment on an epic scale after Scott Midgleys World and Transatlantic bid earlier in the year Scott is proving that you can’t keep a good man down. Midgely who without doubt is one of the most exciting and best known middleweight fighters in the game hasn’t rested on his laurels and is back in the January 16th super show.

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‘Pretty Boy’ will be facing the very experienced ex-pro from Leicester Nathan Leeson in what will be the kind of fight that we all love to see, Brawler vs Boxer!

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Tickets are selling fast at £30 for standard and £50 for VIP so be quick and order now from www.bbadtv.com/tickets Payments by Credit or Debit Card and Paypal

Another cracking match for UBBAD

Chris Wheeldon 1-1 vs Brian ‘The Preacher’ Shepard 1-1 is a cracking match and is one that will be sure to be like Armageddon as ‘The Preacher’ looks to make a name for himself with his first fight for UBBAD.

Both fighters have the same record and both are exciting fighters that will not give up easily and undoubtedly will give their very best and give each other and the fans an epic fight.

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Tickets are selling fast at £30 for standard and £50 for VIP so be quick and order now from www.bbadtv.com/tickets Payments by Credit or Debit Card and Paypal

UBBAD announce the rematch of a war with Chittock and Coker

One of the most exciting fights or the year so far surely had to be the clash of Ross ‘The Problem’ Chittock and Leon ‘The Iron Lion’ Coker, this really was a war! The win wasn’t an easy one but was taken by Chittock and the fans loved it, so are you ready? Ready for ‘The Rematch’ on the January 16th BKB Super show at Coventry?

We can’t predict who will win, but we can tell you that this will be a war, fireworks will be the watchword of this battle!

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Tickets are selling fast at £30 for standard and £50 for VIP so be quick and order now from www.bbadtv.com/tickets Payments by Credit or Debit Card and Paypal

UBBAD Announce Main Event for the January BKB Super Show

We have all heard of the phrase ‘The fight that the fans want to see’, well how many promoters actually listen to the fans? Well we at UBBAD do just that and are very pleased to announce that the main event of the evening at the January 16th BKB Super Show at Coventry will be the fight that the fans want to see.

Fighting for the ‘World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council’ Middleweight title are two of the most exciting Middleweights in BKB, both unbeaten at the top of the pile with a 5-0 record.

Somebody’s 0 has got to go!

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Christian ‘Fatboy’ Evans vs Jimmy ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sweeney will go toe to toe as the main event, when this was announced in the UBBAD group last night by Jim Freeman-Dove the excitement stated to build between the fans almost immediately.

 

Tickets are selling fast at £30 for standard and £50 for VIP so be quick and order now from www.bbadtv.com/tickets Payments by Credit or Debit Card and Paypal

 

The UBBAD TV website is growing each and every week

 

The UBBAD TV website is growing each and every week with huge success, in just the last week we have had over 53,000 visitors to the site from all corners of the world as you can see below.

UBBAD fans have visited the site in all of the shaded countries below, and once again the  country with the most amounts of visits after the UK was Russia.

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Think you can fight? Like BKB? Then this is for you!

So, you think you can fight?………..

You’re interested in BKB?……………..

You want fight for the biggest & best BKB Promoter in the world?…………..

If the answers were YES then this is for you!
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Three Legends of BKB Michael Ferry, James McCrory & Dave Radford will be holding a training day on December 12th in Nottingham, come and train with the champions and see if you have got what it takes, see if you have the BKB FACTOR and you never know, this may be the first step that you take in become a future UBBAD BKB Champion!

 

For those that make the grade a much sought after UBBAD Fighter Contract will be available on the day!

UBBAD COVENTRY BLITZ BKB SUPERSHOW TICKETS OUT NOW

UBBAD in conjunction with Rogues Elite proudly present ‘UBBAD COVENTRY BILTZ BKB SUPERSHOW’ on January 16th 2015 which will be the biggest ever of its kind with around twenty of the best Bare Knuckle Bouts you will ever see and a main event that will BLOW YOUR SOCKS OFF!

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We will start to release details of this amazing fight card this week but be quick as tickets are on sale now and are moving quickly.

Tickets can be ordered now online from the UBBAD secure tickets portal at www.bbadtv.com/tickets and payment can be made by Credit or Debit Card or Paypal.

Tickets are priced at £30 for standard and £50 for VIP.

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Don’t miss out on what will be the biggest and best BKB showcase ever worldwide!

UBBAD BKB to feature in December Edition of MMA Uncaged Magazine!

We are very pleased to announce that UBBAD will be featured in the massively popular MMA Uncaged Magazine in the latest edition due out next month!!

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There will also a regular feature in each edition bringing UBBAD and BKB to the world of Mixed Martial Arts fans written by UBBAD’s very own Stu Armstrong.

MMA Uncaged is an excellent magazine with great articles on many forms of combat sports, as well as, from now on BKB, the next edition with the first article written by Stu is available online and in Newsagents from December 23rd to February 23rd.

 

Please check out the website http://www.mmauncagedmag.com/themagazine and get down to your newsagent and order your copy now or order the digital copy online.
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MMA Uncaged Magazine is available is shops nationwide Including WH Smith, Martins, McColl’s, Easons, Asda, Sainsbury’s and independent newsagents

Gypsy Boy raising much need funds for Little Frankie

James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory  has put this glove up to raise some funds for a little fighter Frankie

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The highest bid takes the glove ??

Come on lads and lasses dig deep for this brave young lad

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Help save Frankie Click here to find out more about this little fighter

 

Bidding starts from now until next Saturday night on James’s Fan Page www.facebook.com/JamesMcCroryBKB 

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Bare knuckle fight champion Michael Ferry from Wallsend in North Tyneside

Credit: Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Michael Ferry’s a family man.

Weighing in at 16.5 stone, the 25-year old from Wallsend’s pride and joy are his two young daughters.

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And now Cecilia and Cynthia will have another reason to be proud of their dad – Michael’s just been crowned world bare knuckle boxing champion.

The match was against 6’7 Stevan “The Killer” Miller, and refereed by Shaun Smith, better known as “The UK’s Scariest Debt Collector”.

And the experience made Michael, who first started boxing aged six, determined to help children in the North East.

The Newcastle born and bred fighter, who fought his first bare knuckle bout aged 22, said it was time the sport shed its ‘dodgy’ reputation and association with backstreet pubs and traveller camps.

Of his title fight, he said: “The place was dead classy, it was all a controlled environment.”

He the emerging bare knuckle boxing scene to the early days of Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is now broadcast in 150 countries worldwide.

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And he stressed the importance of maintaining a disciplined, professional approach to his fights.

He said: “It’s like football, you don’t hate the person you’re fighting. You keep calm, don’t get reckless and keep doing what you trained.

“I don’t get angry. I’m cool as a cookie”

In the run-up to a fight Michael’s training regime is brutal.

He gets up at 5:30 for six mile runs three days a week, combined with strength training.

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In addition to the world title, he’s also won the British Heavyweight and Transatlantic titles within the last 2 years

He credits his trainers, especially Paul Charter, Malcolm and Keith Pape and [Littlejohn], for helping him get to where he is.

In the future he wants to set up his own gym, and help youngsters stay off the streets and find a discipline.

He said: “That’s what you see in this day and age; Kids who have no goals, nowt in the morning to get up for.

“It’s a routine.”

Michael’s partner, Mary Jane Tate, 27, said her emotions could run high before a bout.

She said she knew everything Michael did was for his daughters.

“It used to be a lot of drunken men, now it’s professionals,” Mary, from Wallsend, said.

“Now it is professional. He even runs in the sea.

“He could go from holding his babies to the ring in an hour.”

Work by promoters like Joe Brown have helped move the sport to the mainstream.

London based Joe has been been running BBAD sports promotions for the last 18 months, working to solidify bare-knuckle boxing as a legal, professional sport.

He said it was vital to make the sport attractive to female fans.

And he said the sport had been held back in some areas by less-controlled bare-knuckle fights.

“In some groups it’s just a couple of blokes from a pub, and you can see that on a Friday night,” he said.

“When I first got involved there were about fifty to sixty fans at a fight, all male, all with a can of beer in their hand.”

But at the most recent fight, a 625-person sell out, Joe estimated that more than 40% of the audience was female.

Joe added that fights were now available on pay-per-view and were attracting fans as far away as Canada, New Zealand and India.

And medical research has suggested bare-knuckle boxing may be less dangerous than its gloved counterpart.

The research suggests that gloves enable fighters to endure hits to the brain for longer periods of time, which can heighten the risk of brain damage.

Joe said: “If you hit someone around the back of head with a glove you’ll send shockwaves through their skull. If you hit someone their bare-knuckle you’ll break your hand.”

 

Champion boxer Travis Dickinson quits to become bare knuckle fighter

Former English light heavyweight champion Travis Dickinson disillusioned with boxing and will make bare knuckle debut in January

Credit: John Gibson (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/other-sport/boxing/champion-boxer-travis-dickinson-quits-10465680

Tynesider Travis Dickinson has given up his English light heavyweight crown and quit pro boxing – to become a bare-knuckle fighter!

A disillusioned Dickinson, unable to get quality bouts, will instead enter the rapidly growing sport of bare knuckle with his first fight on January 16.

The former Prizefighter victor has had some joy in an unrelenting 2015 – he and his partner have become parents to a little girl, Sienna, who was born prematurely six weeks ago.

“She weighed only 1lb 14oz and is still in hospital, though we hope to have her home for Christmas,” Travis told me.

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His elder brother Jon-Lewis, the former British cruiserweight champion, has also been frustrated by a lack of action recently but he hopes to be on an Eddie Hearn bill in February or March.

Travis said: “It all became too much, being let down and having bouts cancelled. I took time off work to prepare properly then nothing happened. It’s also been increasingly hard to make the weight. I’ve had a tough time, but I’m out of it and ready to fight as a hobby in bare knuckle.”

Jon-Lewis won his comeback fight in April but hasn’t fought since, which means he’s lost the impetus victory gave him.

“It’s been sickening, but I hope Eddie has me out in February or March,” he said. “I impressed Hearn last time out and was to feature prominently on his autumn bill in Newcastle, but when Bradley Saunders lost and got injured, that was the end of that. I was offered a couple of dates but I wasn’t given enough time to train properly, so I had to turn them down.

“I will be 30 next May and I want a big year. I want to fight three times and see where it takes me.”

Fighting Chance stablemate Craig Dixon has been granted a British title eliminator against Mike Towell. The welterweight contest is subject to purse bids by December 9, with the eliminator set to be before the end of March.

Only last month, ‘The Birtley Bullet’ returned after an 11-month lay off and showed little signs of ring-rust as he stopped Duane Grimes within two rounds to earn the first stoppage victory of his career.

Towell, a 24-year-old Scot, has an unbeaten record in nine fights, and was steered to a Scottish Area title last December by manager Tommy Gilmour.

 

James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory goes out on a high

Think Bare Knuckle Boxing and one man stands out, James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory, his epic battles with another BKB Legend Dave Radford have millions of hits on YouTube but this weekend saw the final fight for ‘Gypsy Boy’ as he retired from Bare Knuckle Boxing.

Most fighters like to go out in style for their last fight before retirement and McCrory has certainly went out in Style and with a bang after winning a first round victory over American Corey Williams to become World Champion.

After a substantial delay and a frenzied hunt for the American William as he literally disappeared as he was due to walk into the ring, the crowd breathed easy when the American with his typical arrogance got into the ring unprepared for the eruption that was about to begin by a rapturous crowd when the flamboyant McCrory’s famous Irish themed walkout song started to play.

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All seats were left empty as the crowd all stood with rapturous applause as the first glimpse of James McCrory was seen walking out from the fighters area, dressed in matching Newcastle United Shirt as always and Black and white shorts McCrory ever the showman didn’t disappoint as he showed of his beard that had been dyed especially for the occasion in the Irish tricolour and braided hair complete with a pair of white slatted sunglasses. The roar of the crowd proving that to Irish Geordie Gypsy Boy was as popular as ever as he climbed into the ring.

As these two men went toe to toe, it was clear from the outset that Corey Williams was simply outclassed as he kept holding and clinging on and trying to loosen off some body shots that didn’t seem to have much of an effect on McCrory, by the middle of the first round once again as in his fight with Michael Ferry, Williams seem somewhat confused by the rules and was trying to treat this fight like a WWE Wrestling match, many commenting that he was fighting dirty.

McCrory continued all the way through to outclass Williams, and then ended it all early in the second round as he caught Williams hard and clean and put him to sleep with a very convincing knockout. The crowd at a world cup final had nothing on the UBBAD fans as the relished McCrory’s victory making him the new BKB World Champion.

A very fitting final fight for a man that is one of only a small few that has been instrumental in bringing Bare Knuckle Boxing back, in not only the UK but worldwide.

James McCrory’s World Title win was the main event of UBBAD’s ‘Fists and Fireworks’ show last Saturday at Colwick Hall in Nottingham with featured another twelve top fights with the co-main event seeing Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry add a belt to his growing collection and Billy Hawthorn scoring a first round Knockout victory over Nathen JDogg in a bout which featured a double knockdown the likes of which are only seen in of Rocky.

James was quoted as saying “Its the end of a journey……………………….”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the NEW BKB Champion of the World James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory.

 

I am sure that friends and fans alike would like to join me in thanks James for his services to BKB over the years. Full HD quality fight footage of James winning the World Title as well of the other fights on the card will be avaible very soon at www.mercurysportnetwork.tv

 

Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry makes history.

One of the most well-known names on Bare Knuckle Boxing surely must be UBBAD’s 25 year old Power House from Newcastle, Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry.  It’s been quite a year for Michael as he has literally punched his way right to the very top of his games. The unbeaten in BKB Ferry won the British Heavyweight BKB Title in a win in only seconds when he fought the very tough and experienced Craig ‘The Hammer Amer.

He was then set to take on ex UFC fighter the Canadian Tim Hague in September but Hague pulled out and was replaced with Corey Williams from the USA and again Michael took a victory by stoppage easily and was crowned the Transatlantic Champion.

Ferry who is a 6ft 1” 18 stone Bare Knuckle fighter for UBBAD is seemingly unstoppable after once more stepping up to the plate last Saturday to face his toughest BKB challenge to date, Stevan Miller. This was no mean feat as Miller was unbeaten in Bare Knuckle Boxing and is the UK’s biggest Bare Knuckle Boxer at 6ft 7” and 22 stone.

There was a lot on the line for both of these men, someone has to lose their unbeaten record, and then add into the mix the this was to be the first ever fully sanctioned BKB Title in the UK as they contested the ‘World Bare Knuckle Boxing Councils’ Heavyweight Title.

Michael who as always was the bookies favourite and by no means under estimated Miller, a good and well connected shot from a 22 stone 6ft 7” fighter, especially in Bare Knuckle could always be a game changer, and as the old saying goes ‘Never underestimate the Under Dog’.

As the co-main event of the evening on the huge UBBAD fists and Fireworks show this was to be the final bout of the show following twelve top class displays of BKB, as the theme tune to Star Wars rang out through the 500 strong capacity crown at the luxury Colwick Hall Hotel Miller appeared and strode out to rapturous applause from the crowd after bringing his army of supporters from Leicester. Stevan is a very well-known, well liked and very popular character on the BKB scene who also runs BKB Management Company with welsh business partner Oli Morris, and this could be seen without doubt by the reaction of his fans.

Once in the ring, God Save the Queen rang out and as the crowd went crazy Michael Ferry appeared from the fighter’s area accompanied by Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn and Bledi Metaj who proudly walked to the ring with ‘The Real’ Deals British and Transatlantic Belts held aloft along with his trainers, Mal & Keith Pape and Paul Charters.

Once both fighters were in the ring it was only then you could really appreciate the sheer size of Stevan Miller as he dwarfed Ferry, who is by no means small at 6ft 1” and 18 stone, but the ever confident Ferry didn’t look phased one bit to take on the UK’s biggest Bare Knuckle Boxer.

Before the bout got underway both fighters were reminded of the rules and had hand wraps checked by referee Shaun Smith aka The Deb Collector, by now the crowd was in a frenzy and ready to see history be made.

From the bell Miller made a very impressive start pushing forward and managed to catch Ferry with some powerful shots, one of which sent Ferry back into the ropes proving that Ferry has a great chin.

Ferry with a cracking shot broken Millers nose early in the first round and Miller had problems keeping in his gum shields, Ferry carried on with a combination of speed, agility and power as well as some great defensive work which left some great powerful shots from the big man miller going wide, Miller proving his worth and never backing away from Ferry like we have seen in the past with many of his previous challengers, continued to plough forward with some big shots and some very impressive movement proving to any doubters out there that he is really a force to be reckoned with, but combination of agility, lighting fast combinations and power took its toll and was too much for Miller as towards the end of the first round Ferry felled the giant of man to the canvas. This signalled the end of the first round and Miller accepted defeat gradually and failed to come out to the second bell and and giving ferry the title fight win.

In the run up to this fight as always Miller has his fair share of supporters, as did the Ferry camp, however social media was rife with comments that the big man wasn’t even in the same league as the champ and many seemed to doubt that Miller would even be able to catch Ferry, Miller may not have taken this win, but anyone who was there on the night or has seen the mobile phone footage on social media sites will tell you that he put in an impressive performance to say the least. He wasn’t able to cope with the lighting fast, super fit powerhouse that is Michael Ferry but he can most certainly hold his head up high at his Performance. Any doubters of either of these two very tough hard men, surely must be silenced once and for all.

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So what now for the 25 year old multiple title winner from Newcastle? Who is out there to face Ferry next and give him a credible challenge? There can’t be many, not just in the UK but in the rest of the world as Ferry seems to get faster, more powerful and always the intelligent fight with each win that he takes.

We are not going to speculate on this at this time but social media is rife with fans of BKB asking the same question. Add to the fact Michael still has youth on his side he surely is going to prove to be a world beating long time champion

Michael was quoted as saying about him win, “It means a lot to me to win the World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council title and to be part of such a historic occasion and would like to thank everyone in making this happen and bring on the next fight”

 

For more on both of these fighters please visit www.bbadtv.com where you will find an exclusive interviews with both Michael Ferry and Stevan Miller recorded only hours before this fight.

As always with title fights no matter what the outcome people ask the question that is as old as fighting itself, will there be a rematch? It’s not impossible but improbable, Miller did by anyone’s stretch of the world give a great performance but was outclassed by Ferry, and Miller has his professional boxing debut planned for February 2016.

Full HD quality fight footage of this heavyweight clash  as well of the other fights on the card will be avaible very soon at www.mercurysportnetwork.tv

 

 

 

Fists and Fireworks Results

What a night i was on Saturday at UBBAD Fists and Fireworks, as promised 13 top class Bare Knuckle Bouts, all thrillers and NO fillers with two title fights, and two belts coming home to UBBAD.

The main event of the evening was a World Title fight pitting the american Corey Williams against out very own James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory. This was James’s final BKB bout as he is going into retirement and what a note to bow out on, picking up an early second round win over Corey Williams making James the NEW BKB Heavyweight World Champion!

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The co main event of the evening  was a title fight for the first ever fully sanctioned title fight in the UK, The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council Heavyweight title fought between the current British and Transatlantic Heavyweight Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry and the huge man that is Stevan ‘The Killer, Miller which was won by Ferry adding another belt to his growing collection after Miller failed to come out after the second bell, but this was one hell of a gutsy fight by Miller that didn’t see Ferry have it his own way in the ring as wee have seen on previous occasions.

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But, perhaps the most talked about but of the evening was the heavyweight clash between Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn and Nathen Dogg which was won by Hawthorn in a first round knockout but sensationally this bout saw saw a double knockdown which saw both both fights connect with a heavy shot on the other at the same time and saw both of them crashing to the flaw like something from a rocky movie, making mobile phone footage of this bout go viral!

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The full list of results is below

 

Glenn Morre v Sean Wilkinson – winner Moore
John Hawthorn v Josh Foreman – winner Foreman
Chrissy Bennett v Liam Preece – winner Bennett
John Sweeny vs Geoff Sheridan – winner Sweeney
Martin Conception v Andy Davis – winner Conception
Kev Bennett v Malcolm Richardson – winner Bennett
Craig Amer v Richy Glaysher (No Contest)
Jimmy Sweeny v Jaime Gelder – winner Sweeney
Sean George v Reece Gillon – Winner George
Ross Chittoc v Leon Cocker – Winner Chittock
Billy Hawthorn v Nathen Dogg – Winner Hawthorn
James McCrory v Corey Williams – Winner McCrory
Michael Ferry vs Stevan Miller – Winner Ferry

Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn vs Nathen JDogg Bare Knuckle features knockout action and an amazing double knockdown reminisant of the Rocky Movies that has went viral.

The hotly anticipated heavyweight clash between Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn and Nathen JDogg certainly didn’t disappoint. These two have history having fought twice before with JDogg winning both fights, but this was with gloves on, so it was with baited breath that we waited to see if Hawthorn who is aptly nicknamed ‘Bang Bang’ could settle the score when the gloves were off and these big powerful men went toe to toe Bare Knuckle last Saturday at the colossal UBBAD Fists and Fireworks show held at Colwick Hall in Nottingham, and streamed live worldwide by The Mercury Sport Network.

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This as I predicted right from the onset ended in a first round Knockout, that was something I was always sure of, the only thing was I couldn’t tell you which fighter would be the victor and which would be sleeping, but this fight has really hit the headlines all over the world for another reason, and that was before the end of the bout.

Both fighters renowned for the colossal Knockout ability started hard and fast and were throwing bombs, but what nobody in the word could predict was the double knockdown that has caused a sensation as mobile phone footage of the fight goes viral on Facebook.

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In what was timed better than any chorographer could do, both of these two Bare Knuckle Warriors unleashed a devastating blow to the other, they both really unleash bombs, and in split second timing both fighters both connected on the other. The 500 strong crowd fell silent for a second in disbelief as JDogg floored Hawthorn, and Hawthorn floored JDogg at the exact same second!!

Both fighters crashed to floor and much of the crowd indeed thought this was a double knockout for a second, I myself sitting in the Mercury Sport Network Commentary Box also thought this for a split second, and for what is most likely the first time ever I was stuck for words.

JDogg started to move first to get up and then Hawthorn sprung up and was back to his feet first, with JDogg close behind him. I have never before seen the likes of this except for in the movies, the referee for this bout Christian Evans appeared to be just as shocked as everyone else and to look on his face was priceless.

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After checking both fighters were ok to carry on he restarted the fight and with some powerful shots, Hawthorn finished to fight with a devastating knockout sending JDogg crashing to the canvas.

The excitement of the crowd was at fever pitch, and this spilled over to the commentary box as I couldn’t help but jump off the stage and jump into the ring for a second to congratulate the victor Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn.

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Speaking to Billy on the drive home from Nottingham the following day he was quoted as saying

“I loved the fight with Nathen, he is am extremely tough guy and I knew that to win this I had to give him all that I had, when he caught me and dropped me, I instinctively covered my face and was ready to take the start of the 20 count, it was then that my coach Mal Pape shouted get up, he is down as well, until I heard Mals voice I didn’t know Nathen was down as well, I knew then I had to get up quickly, which I did and managed to end the fight by KO. Massive respect to Nathen JDogg, he is one tough tough guy”

When I asked Billy his reaction to the almost viral sharing of this double knockdown bout he said this, “I loved it, I hope that people who have not seen BKB before will see just how exciting it can be, I have also been talking to JDogg and he is over the moon that its getting shared so much”

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Quite rightly so in my opinion, this was made fight of the night by UBBAD and I am sure that this bout will have people talking for time to come, and end up a classic internet Bare Knuckle Bout.

Huge respect to both fighters in what was one of the most exciting BKB bouts that I have ever seen.

For your viewing pleasure as it was we have taken the clip from facebook and added it to the UBBAD TV YouTube Channel at this link https://youtu.be/NrZd-g8yupY

Please take a look and share with your family and friends

This leaves Billy Hawthorn’s unbeaten BKB record in take with a record of 5-0 and Nathen JDogg with a very respectable 2-2 in BKB.

Full HD quality fight footage of James winning the World Title as well of the other fights on the card will be avaible very soon at www.mercurysportnetwork.tv

 

 

 

 

Watch 13 BKB Bouts and Two Title Bouts LIVE for 38p per fight!

Yes, I kid you not. This Saturday see’s the biggest and best Bare Knuckle Boxing Card ever when UBBAD return for the third time this year to the amazing Colwick Hall in Nottingham with 13 top level BKB fights but don’t worry if you cant make it then you can watch LIVE on the Mercury Sport Network for on £4.99

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Yes £4.99 which works out at around 38p per fight

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Register now and order the show at www.mercurysportnetwork.tv

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Sean ‘The Outlaw’ George talks to Stu Armstrong

Hi Sean, thanks for your time and for agreeing to this short interview. You’re relatively new to UBBAD and are now three fights in, with your fourth on Saturday and all I can say is WOW, what a fighter! To date you have had some amazing performances, two of which are my favourite fights of the years, your first against Gillon, and second against Harris. Did you expect to make such an impact so soon in the world of BKB?

No problem thanks for takin the time to go me this interview. Yes I am new to UBBAD and I know that I have stood out from the rest with the three fights that I have already had already as I always bring war. I didn’t expect to take the sport by storm as it’s a tough sport with some real tough lads. But the way I train is somewhat different from you average fighter. I train everyday putting fitness first. Plus I have had a busy past involved in fighting. Muay Thai being my roots.

I know that you have an extensive fight background in different disciplines, I believe you have had a huge amount of experience in K1 rules kickboxing, can you take us through the highlights and tell us your record?

I started at a young age and got straight in to fighting Maui Thai rules being elbows, knees and kicking with bare shin. The was a lot of condition in involved so I put my body through hell. My highlight of the sport was becoming British Muay Thai champion. It was one of the best moments of my career. And a moment I will never forget. MMA kicked off with a bang and I decided to take that up alongside still training Muay Thai. So with my skills from Thai and putting it together with BJJ I had become a dangerous Fighter who was hungry. I fought a few wars in cage and fought a tough lad from a tough camp to become welter weight champion in MMA. Also took part in k1 rules. K1 being just like Thai without option of throwing so many elbows. In all of the driplines I was unbeaten in all fights. I only had 1 draw to my record after a five round war of Muay Thai rules find stand up is my best ability.

What made you want to get into BKB?

Wanted to get in to BKB after seeing videos on the net and realising that it was totally legal. I knew that fighting didn’t get much realer than that

And, why was it UBBAD you wanted to fight for?

I wanted to join UBBAD as two of my mates. Leon Coker and Christian Evans was already involve. I already knew Leon Coker bit I never knew Christian Evans. Bit since joining the sport and becoming part of team wales we have become brothers who I love and respect so much.

You’re a firm favourite with fans and fighters alike, did you expect this and why do you think that is?

I find I am a firm favourite with the fans as I give them what they pay to see. I always fight hard and even when take shots, sometimes big shots. I just keep walking forward. It’s the mentality I process and no1 can take the fact away that I got real heart.

Another UBBAD fighter Andy Price once described you do me as a gentlemen both in the ring and out and that you always be respectful to others and handle hold yourself well, I have to say I agree with him and I like that as I believe a huge part of BKB is about respect, is this a conscious thing or is that just who you are?

I appreciate what Andy price and a few other fighters, prompters, and spectators have said about me being a real gentleman inside and out of the ring. To me it’s a sport we love doing and I am not the sort of person to make enemies as we are one big family in my eyes.

Brothers doing what they love and playing their part on helping the sport grow. I find that bit of respect for each other goes along way and gets noticed

Where the name of ‘The Outlaw’ came from

I made the name THE OUTLAW up myself, growing up I was bit of a bugger. I had been in trouble with the law and people looked down there nose at me with dislike so what better name that the outlaw? An outcast from all of the rest.

Your UBBAD debut at Newcastle taking on fellow debutant Reece Gillon was one of the best BKB bouts that I have seen, and rightly so was fight of the night with your taking the win, how did that feel achieving so much in your first fight?

My debut at Newcastle was one to remember for myself and fans as fought a tough lad by the name of Reece Gillon, people are still talking about it now. I travelled up from Wales on a plane and went to war getting the win by KO in the 2nd round. I showed my opponent total respect from start, all the way through till the end and came away with win and also fight of the night. It was a proud moment for myself knowing that all my hard work had paid off from that moment I was hooked. I love the scene and all that comes with it. I was happy to be a part of such a group of polite and respectful people who made me feel more than welcome.

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How are you feeling about the rematch with Gillon, you know more of what to expect now I should think as you have three BKB bouts in the bank now and have the experience of fighting Gillon before?

I am a few days away with a rematch with Reece. I have ad 2 tough wars in-between our last meet and I’ve changed a lot since then also. I no e is a tough lad who has gone away and trained hard and I respect him 110% for stepping back in the ring with me. But I have also trained hard for this too so would not be surprised if we Av fight of the night again

I have noticed that you don’t wear boxing boots, or even trainers and fight barefoot with ankle supports, is this left over from your K1 rules days?

That’s a funny question u ask. Why I don’t wear boxing shoes or not even trainers when I fight. I wear ankle supports and that’s it. It’s just something that I am used to having fought for so many years barefoot. It makes me remember my roots and where I came from. As to me you should never forget your roots . It’s where it all began.

If you beat Gillon, who would you be looking to fight next?

If I beat Reece I am looking forward to a rest over Christmas. Not saying stop training but jus tick over till the New Year. But I Av spoke to Brad Harris, The KO Kid, who got the win over me by decision and we have agreed amongst ourselves that we will have a rematch

Would you want to rematch Brad Harris at some point, to try and avenge your only BKB loss?

I’m ranked third and with him being 2nd it’s only right we fight again to decode who belongs and that number 2 spot

I would also love to see a rematch against John Spencer who had to retire with a broken hand when your fought him in Wales, like yourself John has a huge amount of experience across different combat sports, would this be on the cards at any time soon do you think?

I’m not saying I wouldn’t fight John Spencer again as he is a real tough lad who I respect and knows his capabilities. Who knows? But I am shooting for that number one spot and aim to get there, I’m a very active fighter who fights once a month. I just love the sport and the scene that comes with it. In other disciplines I would love to fight john spencer as I know he also has experience in MMA so I’d like to see how he handles using kicks and knees

Another fight I would like to see you in, I don’t know if it could ever happen or not, but I would love to see you in the ring with ex commonwealth Champion Kev Bennett, I think this would be a great fight.

I am going to have to face Kev Bennett as he is ranked number 1 BKB fighter in UK. I don’t much about Kev’s past. I no he was a champion and got skill. But I think with the mentality and dedication to training I have. Plus being able to jus big shots I got that chance of winning. It would be a great opportunity to maybe fight for the title, who knows.

Who would you most like to fight BKB, living or dead?

Kev Bennett, that’s who I want to fight

Who would you most liked to have fought, living or dead in any fight discipline

My dream fight would be Sweeny and Luke Atkins again. That fight between them was one I was waiting for. It was a shame Luke got cut and fight stopped because I knew he was bringing war. Don get me wrong Sweeny is a top fighter and in his own league. But all his opponents Av been no were near his level

Prediction Time, who wins and how?? McCrory vs Williams

Mccorey or Williams. I have to go with Jimmy as he has paved the path the likes of Williams and myself are walking. Total gentleman and top fighter who has heart of a lion. 110 % respect for Gypsy Boy

Ferry vs Miller

Ferry or Miller. I’d have to go with Ferry as he got skill and I have only seen Miller fight one time against Heggie but its going to be a war of the giants. Respect both men

Hawthorn or Jdogg.

Both good boxers. I’ve seen them fight gloved. I love respect both. But I think billy is going to snatch it real quick and he goes in like a bull dozer throwing bombs

Chittock vs Coker

Chittock or Coker well I got to go with my boy Leon. He’s trained for this fight like none of his others. As long as he keeps cool head and fights smart he will get the win. But I respect Ross too as he has been in game a while. It’s going to be a good war. Can’t see it going past 2nd

Anything you would like to say or anyone you would like to mention? Thanks for your time Sean, I wish you good luck and a safe fight on Saturday and look forward to following your career with interest.

Just want to add that I respect all of the UBBAD Fighters, Promoters, Sponsors and Fans. We have all done so well in getting the sport to where it is. The respect and love is like nothing I seen in any of the disciplines over all the years as a fighter. Well done everyone. Love and respect #THEOUTLAW. All done Stu. Hope all is good. See u Saturday my friend. Love and respect x

Thanks Sean, you’re a total class act and look forward to seeing you Saturday and wish both you and Reece a safe fight.

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Lucky 13!

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13, Unlucky for some?
It may very well be unlucky for some but not for the fans as UBBAD as thats just how many top class Bare Knuckle Bouts that we are giving you!

McCory v Williams (World Title)

Ferry v Miller (WBKBC Title)

Amer v Glassier – Conception v Davies – Bennett v Richardson

Preece v Bennett – George v Gallon (Rematch) – Moore v Woodward

Sweeney v Pappa – Sweeney v Sheridan – Chittock v Coker

Hawthorn v Jdogg – Foreman v Hawthorn

So never mind fireworks on the 5th November, there will be explosive fireworks on the 7th!

The Venue for UBBAD Fists and Fireworks 7th November

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Colwick Hall Hotel is a magnificent Palladian style Georgian country house mansion nestling in over sixty acres of parkland. A historic building dating back to Saxon times and once the ancestral home of Lord Byron. Located two miles from Nottingham City Centre, Colwick Hall is a grade II* listed manor with a grand entrance overlooking Nottingham racecourse offering exquisite facilities. From the most elegant Byron’s Brasserie, 1776 The Grand Ballroom ~ hugely popular for grand weddings, several function rooms for meetings and conferences and private dining, through to the Lakeside Pavilion ~ a grand marquee within the grounds of Colwick Hall overlooking the lake. Cowlick hall has hosted two previous events in 2015 and has proved to be a firm favourite with the fans!
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Travel to Cowlick Hall is easy from anywhere in the UK, or indeed further afield. Located not far from Nottingham City Centre, just next to Nottingham Race Course it should be a breeze, the Racecourse is well signposted from the Centre of Nottingham.
Cowlick Hall is easily accessible by:
Road – M1, A1, A52, A46 and A612.
Rail – Nottingham Midland Mainline & Newark North Gate.
Air – East Midlands Airport, Tollerton Airport.

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The Venue is also host to a wedding the same day so please be mindful of this.Thats if the groom doesn’t disappear into the UBBAD Show!!!!!

Trio of Heavyweight Clashes on November 7th – Fireworks Guaranteed

Less than a week since the sell-out UBBAD BKB show in Wales last Saturday matches are being finalised for UBBAD’s return show to the all VIP Colwick Hall in Nottingham. This will be the third show held at Cowlick Hall in 2015 which is a venue that is a firm favourite will fans and fighters alike.

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In the great tradition of Guy Fawkes Night then fireworks, and bangs are guaranteed as we see a trio of bouts featuring the top heavyweights going toe to toe in what will be some serious Bare Knuckle Action.

 

Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry vs Stevan ‘The Killer Miller Fresh from his beating of Corey Williams to add the Heavyweight UBBAD Transatlantic Belt to his growing collection we see the number one ranked Heavyweight Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry back in action as this time he will pit himself against a giant of a man, Rouge Elites Stevan ‘The Killer’ Miller.
This will be a battle held, as all title fights at UBBAD, over five two minute rounds in a battle that will see the victor walking away with the title of The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council heavyweight title.
Stevan Miller as we know is a giant of a man at 6ft 7” and 22 stone, and has enjoyed success in his BKB career with his best known fight being when he fought Decca Heggie for the Raging Bull Heavyweight title, this fight ended in a draw and that was the last time the Miller has forayed into Bare Knuckle Boxing.
Michael Ferry as we know has made his way to the top of his game relatively quick and is still unbeaten In BKB, Still a big heavyweight at around 18 stone and 6ft 1”, some six inches or more shorter than Miller, Unusually for a Heavyweight Ferry’s speed is like someone that we would see coming from a speedy lightweight, but will that coupled with his huge power be enough to take down the mountain of a man that is miller, who is no slouch either with a huge reach. Once thing is for certain there will be fireworks, personally speaking I don’t think that this will be a fight that will go the distance

 

James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory vs Corey ‘The Whiz Kid’ Williams
As I think most of us know in the BKB world this is the fight that Corey has wanted for some time now, after speaking with him he promises a much fitter Corey this time as opposed to when he stepped in for that Canadian buffoon that pulled of the Ferry fight. But will he have enough in the bank to go toe to toe with Gypsy Boy, a name synonymous with BKB as one of the pioneers of modern day BKB. James McCrory more than most can take a hell of a lot of punishment, a give as well as a taker as James can both box and brawl, but as we often see James hands up, head down taking the best that his opponent can give as then as they tire he is there to finish them off.
This will be McCrory’s last fight as he retires after this fight so can Williams take his crown? If he can then it won’t be easy. This being a title fight will be fought of five two minute rounds with two very tough men that can box, that can really both bang and that have great chins.
Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn vs Nathen JDogg Now this is a fight that I am very much looking forward to as always ‘Bang Bang’ provides real value for money, unbeaten in BKB and really puts on a show with his colossal knockout ability, but Nathen JDogg has more than proved his own KO ability with two round one knockouts against Clifford ‘Romeny Rye’ Grey at New Blood held at Kettering Town Football Club and against Jon ‘Chopper’ Stone at Ferry’s first of Furry at the NE6 Suite in Newcastle. Nathen’s last time out didn’t see him fare so well after a loss to BKB debutant Adam Downie. What also make this one of the best matches on the card to me is the fact that these two heavy hitters has battled each other twice before with gloves on with JDogg being the victor on both occasions. This really is a case of two exciting and hard hitting heavyweights and whoever connects with a good clean shot will undoubtedly put the other to sleep.

Exclusive Interview with Richie Glaysher in the run up to his fight with Craig ‘The Hammer’ Amer

Hi Richie and thanks for agreeing to this quick interview
Hi Stu Thanks for allowing me the time to put across some of my views

Its fight week!! How are you feeling? 
I’m feeling good I’m fit and ready but I’m sure just like every fighter it’s always on my mind I try to play the fight in my head how I would like it to go.  I will get more nerves the closer it gets

I remember a few months ago you contacted me through the UBBAD TV website looking to fight for UBBAD, how did you first become aware of UUBAD?
I became aware of UBBAD through social media and you tube and decided I would like to give it a go but then changed my mind and then changed it back haha, I think it was going from the gloved to the un-gloved that scared me lol

I know that you have an extensive boxing background, can you take us through the highlights? 
I have had some excellent night’s boxing the highlights being fighting Brian McGee, Scott Dann and the honour of being trained by former undisputed welterweight champion Lloyd Honeyghan

 What is your official boxing record?
My record is 76 wins 26 loses and 1 draw

So what made you want to get into BKB? 
I have wanted to do BKB for many years.  I have had the privilege to meet the late Roy Shaw and another bare knuckle fighter called Norman Buckland and watching men like James McCrory really stirred my interest

Why was is UBBAD that you wanted to fight BKB for as opposed to other promotions?
UBBAD seemed the most professional promotion when I was looking to fight and from talking to yourself and Jim Freeman and consequently being invited to the England v Wales show and meeting Joe, Jim, Shaun and yourself and seeing it first-hand i.e. the medical coverage the whole promotion I can honestly say it’s probably the best promotional outfit I’ve seen in the last 20 years and I’m happy to be a part of it

You fighting a good friend of mine and very experienced multi discipline fighter Craig Amer, how are you feeling about this?
I am obviously nervous I wouldn’t be human if I wasn’t and I’m not going to sit here and lie to you and tell you I’m not, but I believe I have enough experience to stand my ground against Craig and once that bell goes the nerves go and its time for work

As your good friends with Pete Stotton, Craig’s Cornerman and brother from another mother do you know much about Craig?
I know Pete from my mean machine days he was the cruiser/heavy champ and was banging them out for fun lol.  I was going to fight on his promotions but for some reason I didn’t I can’t remember why.  But Pete’s a top man and a top fighter but I don’t know a lot about Craig apart from wot I’ve seen and read

How do you think the fight will go? Can you predict the outcome?
I’m not the sort of bloke to mouth off about my opponents and I would disrespect Craig or anyone I fight by saying I was going to do this and that but I will say we’re both experienced we both want to win were both tough fellas so I can guarantee it will be definitely one to watch

How have you been training for this fight, the same as you would for a gloved bout or have you done anything different?
I’ve trained exactly the same apart from my bag drills and pad work I have been doing bare knuckle and now my hands hurt lol

Will this be a one off BKB bout for you, or are you looking to make a career in BKB
This is definitely the start of hopefully something big for me I have a contract now so I intend to honour it and fight as often as I possibly can I also want to kick start it down in the south west as BKB isn’t really known down here but I think it could be massive

If you take the win over Craig, who would you be looking to fight next?
I will fight anyone the promoters think would be good for me and more importantly the promotion, I think UBBAD is going to be massive in the next year and I want to be a part of that but obviously I would like to fight the big names like Billy Hawthorn, I really rate him as a fighter and if he drops down to light heavy I reckon we could have some explosive fights

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And the same question if you lose?
If I lose I will re-group and come back stronger its the marine in me I will refuse to lay down lol I am in a bit of a win win situation cos if I win its a massive win for me but if I lose but lose well so to speak I will put that down to it being my first BKB and Craig is experienced in BKB and its no disgrace losing to a fighter of Craig’s calibre

What has been the hardest fight in your career?
I took part in a Prize-fighter tournament about 4 years ago and it was 3 fights to get to the final. On my first fight I drew a lad called Conan he was a national kickboxing champion and ex Mr Slovakia and weighed 126kg the first punch was a jab that fractured my cheek bone and the second punch he threw perforated my ear drum lol I went out for the second all guns blazing and stopped him. I seem to get dragged into slug fests lol

In UBBAD who would you most like to fight and why?
It’s got to be James McCrory or Dave Radford because they are legends of BKB

If you had the choice of who you would most like to fight, living or dead in their prime who would it be and why?
I would most like to fight Rocky Marciano, he is my favourite fighter I have his name on my shorts.  He was just unreal so fit so strong and as hard as coffin nail when he fought Ezzard Charles, he was cut so badly across his nose at the end of the round the ref said to him and his corner that he had one more round and then he would stop it so rocky went out and knocked Charles out 20 seconds later!  I would have loved to share the ring with him and tried to make it past the first haha

Predictions Time I am afraid who will win, how and when out of the fights below:

Michael Ferry vs Stevan Miller
All these predictions are based on me as a fan
Ferry v Miller, this one is the one that intrigues me Michael is fast for a big man and unbeaten and confident and that’s a hard combination to beat but Steven is a big man and showed against Heggie that he belongs at the top.  My pick is Michael but there both big men and with heavyweights it only takes one punch

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Billy Hawthorn vs Nathen Jdogg 
Bang Bang v Jdogg, They have fought before with Jdogg winning with body shots after Billy taking the lead. I reckon Billy will have learnt from them and won’t make the same mistakes again but don’t blink you may miss it

Billy Hawthorne 1st round

Sean George v Reece Gillon (The Rematch)
Sean v Reece, I loved the first fight this one is going to be just as good I watched Sean live in Wales and he is very good but I can see this one going all the way

George on points

James McCory vs Corey Williams
McCrory v Williams, God what can I say Corey is the main man in America and is trying to push BKB mainstream in the state’s but he is up against James Gypsy Boy McCrory, this fight will go all the way. James just refuses to lose and it’s well documented what this title means to him on a personal level so no matter what Cory can bring to the table James will have the answer

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Well last but not least is there anything you would like to say or anyone you would like to mention?

I would like to thank you Stu for the opportunity to do this interview, and for helping me come on board.
I would like to thank Joe Brown, Jim freeman Dove and Shaun and Amanda Smith for this chance to join the best promotional outfit in the UK and to my beautiful partner Louise for putting up with every time I’m at the gym or on a run or putting boxing before her and also good luck to all the fighters on Saturdays show and look forward to meeting you all

Thanks for your time, welcome to UBBAD and I wish both you and Craig a safe fight.

Its fight week at UBBAD with only 4 days to go

At long last its fight week! Only five days to go until UBBAD’s BKB extravaganza ‘Fists & Firework’ at Cowlick Hall in Nottingham. The 500 all VIP venues all but sold out with only a handful of tickets remaining, so be quick if you haven’t ordered your tickets yet then do it NOW at www.bbadtv.com/tickets

Except for prior arrangements tickets will not be on sale on the night at the door so please don’t be left out in the cold, get your tickets now!

The fight build up has begun! Each day this week we will be issuing a news letter with exclusive content to get you going ready for Saturday! To be the first to receive this content please subscribe to the UBBD TV mailing list by clicking here

Highlights to come this week will include interviews from Sean ‘The Outlaw’ George, Richie Glaysher, Craig Amer, New Scottish Champion Donald ‘The Highlander’ McPhee and UBBAD’s Chief Medical Officer Bill Ellis.

UBBAD TV – Exclusive Interview with Stevan ‘The Killer’ Miller in the run up to his showdown with Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry!

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Hi Stevan, and thanks for agreeing to this short interview, How did you first get into Bare Knuckle?

Through my good friend jay Wann. I was undefeated in unlicensed and he asked me to give it a go
What is it that you like about BKB?

I like the sportsmanship shown in many of the great fights. None more show than McCrory and Dave Radford
I know that your recently turned pro, why the change of heart back to BKB?

Joe and Jim offered me an opportunity I couldn’t refuse. I will still make my pro debut in February.
Your last fight with caused a lot of publicity was against Decca Heggie, which was declared a draw, on both sides a lot of people say it shouldn’t have been a draw, what’s your opinion?

Yes I thought I won that fight 4/2 but was hard for the referee as I’ve since experienced lol
I have got to ask this as I will get lynched if I don’t but you were the referee for the Heggie vs Prices fight earlier this year, you declared it a draw and then later publicly changed your mind, what was all this about and why the chance of heart?
I think in a small pit it’s very difficult for the ref to actually stand back and watch the action. You have to be in the middle to protect the fighters. For instance if they go over the bail you have to stop them from being hit.
You know run your own BKB company with the one and only Oli Morris named Rouge Elite, you have a good stable of fighters and they fight on shows from all promoters including UBBAD, will Rouge Elite ever have their own show or are you strictly a management type company?
Strictly management. We will do a big show in conjunction with UBBAD but that’s it. And Stu it’s ROGUE elite. The boys aren’t red lol
Twat!
You have a very big fight only two weeks away against The UBBAD British and Transatlantic Heavyweight Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry, how did this come about, and by the way huge respect for doing this as you wouldnt get me in the ring with Micky?
Joe rang me, first I said no then decided why not? I don’t claim to be any good but we will see. You won’t see me give in. Let’s put it that way
It’s a title fight for The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council Heavyweight Title, the pressure must be enormous?

Pressure single parent families feel coming up to Christmas is enormous. This is just a fight.

As a single Dad to three Sons, I agree there!!

You are obviously a huge man at about 72ft Tall and weighing about 120 stone, do you see this as an advantage against Ferry?

I’ve lost weight I’ll be coming in at about 17.5 stone. Been working a lot on fitness and speed
How do you think you will cope with his renowned speed?

Move out the way and hit him back. Massive respect for Michael he’s a nice fella and too family man but I won’t freeze. I’m too long in the tooth for that. I know I’m the underdog in many people’s eyes and that’s fine. But I’m sure he won’t be taking it lightly
What do you think the outcome of the fight will be? How will it be won? By who & When?

I think it will be a draw

Hahaha, I asked for that I suppose
How is your training camp going? Are you doing anything differently to what you did in the run up to say the Decca fight?

Yes I’m training
What will be next for you if you beat Michael? Would you move on would you go for a rematch?
Yes I believe rematch would be in January at the Coventry show
And the same question if you don’t beat him?
Depends how the fight goes. If it’s close and the fans demand then I’ll ask for a rematch. If I’m totally outclassed I’ll probably go on the lash for a week and turn my phone off
How does training effect your job, as most people know you work away from home a lot as a bodyguard for celebrities?
I’ve taken time off thanks to my amazing sponsors who have afforded me to do that. This is the first time I’ve ever had anything like a training camp. So massive thanks to them
Does training and the fight build up have an effect on your family?

I’ll be totally grumpy next week but that’s it
Both you and Michael Ferry have a lot of support, is there anything you would like to say to your fans and supporters out there?

Fans make the sport what it is. I will have well over 125 people travelling and just a massive thanks to all including Michaels fans for the respect shown. Except for Andrew Irving. He’s a bell end
Haha, I know Andrew and I am sure he will have a reply to this comment very soon  
Well I wish both you and Michael a safe fight and looking forward to both seeing you on the day, and commenting on your fight. Thanks for your time in talking to me.
No Problemo

Trio of Heavyweight Clashes on November 7th – Fireworks Guaranteed

Less than a week since the sell-out UBBAD BKB show in Wales last Saturday matches are being finalised for UBBAD’s return show to the all VIP Colwick Hall in Nottingham. This will be the third show held at Cowlick Hall in 2015 which is a venue that is a firm favourite will fans and fighters alike.

In the great tradition of Guy Fawkes Night then fireworks, and bangs are guaranteed as we see a trio of bouts featuring the top heavyweights going toe to toe in what will be some serious Bare Knuckle Action.

 

Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry vs Stevan ‘The Killer Miller

Fresh from his beating of Corey Williams to add the Heavyweight UBBAD Transatlantic Belt to his growing collection we see the number one ranked Heavyweight Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry back in action as this time he will pit himself against a giant of a man, Rouge Elites Stevan ‘The Killer’ Miller.

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This will be a battle held, as all title fights at UBBAD, over five two minute rounds in a battle that will see the victor walking away with the title of The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council heavyweight title.

Stevan Miller as we know is a giant of a man at 6ft 7” and 22 stone, and has enjoyed success in his BKB career with his best known fight being when he fought Decca Heggie for the Raging Bull Heavyweight title, this fight ended in a draw and that was the last time the Miller has forayed into Bare Knuckle Boxing.

Michael Ferry as we know has made his way to the top of his game relatively quick and is still unbeaten In BKB, Still a big heavyweight at around 18 stone and 6ft 1”, some six inches or more shorter than Miller, Unusually for a Heavyweight Ferry’s speed is like someone that we would see coming from a speedy lightweight, but will that coupled with his huge power be enough to take down the mountain of a man that is miller, who is no slouch either with a huge reach.

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Once thing is for certain there will be fireworks, personally speaking I don’t think that this will be a fight that will go the distance and my prediction is that IT will be ended by Knockout or stoppage within the first two rounds in favour of Michael Ferry.

 

James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory vs Corey ‘The Whiz Kid’ Williams

As I think most of us know in the BKB world this is the fight that Corey has wanted for some time now, after speaking with him he promises a much fitter Corey this time as opposed to when he stepped in for that Canadian buffoon that pulled of the Ferry fight. But will he have enough in the bank to go toe to toe with Gypsy Boy, a name synonymous with BKB as one of the pioneers of modern day BKB.

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James McCrory more than most can take a hell of a lot of punishment, a give as well as a taker as James can both box and brawl, but as we often see James hands up, head down taking the best that his opponent can give as then as they tire he is there to finish them off.

This will be McCrory’s last fight as he retires after this fight so can Williams take his crown? If he can then it won’t be easy. This being a title fight will be fought of five two minute rounds with two very tough men that can box, that can really both bang and that have great chins.

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My Prediction, a third or fourth round stoppage in favour of McCrory

 

Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn vs Nathen JDogg

Now this is a fight that I am very much looking forward to as always ‘Bang Bang’ provides real value for money, unbeaten in BKB and really puts on a show with his colossal knockout ability, but Nathen JDogg has more than proved his own KO ability with two round one knockouts against Clifford ‘Romeny Rye’ Grey at New Blood held at Kettering Town Football Club and against Jon ‘Chopper’ Stone at Ferry’s first of Furry at the NE6 Suite in Newcastle. Nathen’s last time out didn’t see him fare so well after a loss to BKB debutant Adam Downie.

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What also make this one of the best matches on the card to me is the fact that these two heavy hitters has battled each other twice before with gloves on with JDogg being the victor on both occasions. This really is a case of two exciting and hard hitting heavyweights and whoever connects with a good clean shot will undoubtedly put the other to sleep.

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My prediction, Win to Hawthorn by first round KO

 

There just my predictions but as we all know in BKB more than any other combat sport one clean punch can end the game, so who knows but it will be great to watch and see!.

Exclusive Interview with Corey Williams we is set to fight James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory in two weeks time!

Hi Corey, thanks for agreeing to do this quick interview, In your last fight you lost in the second round to Michael Ferry, how do you feel about that?

I’m upset at how that fight was stopped, Mike is a very respectable young man with huge upside but I was just getting warmed up. If I ever have a corner stop a fight on me like that again you will see fireworks in my corner. I took a break in my training for McCrory to fill in with mike, I wanted to see for myself what he was about. I was a lot of fun, it’s been a long time since I knew I was in a fight, I absolutely loved the experience!

Would you like a rematch with Ferry at some point?

A rematch was part of my original agreement to face Mike, I was nowhere near ready for a fight on that level at that stage of my camp but as I’ve said 100 times FIGHTERS FIGHT! I look forward to our rematch next year.

If you ever did get the chance to fight Ferry again would you do anything differently?

You will see a completely different fighter November 7th and even more so by that rematch. Their a chance it could be to unify the bare knuckle world titles for the first time in history, you will definitely see the best I have to bring in that fight, well at least what my old legs can carry. First things first though is James McCrory, which I think is a much tougher fight for me, styles make fights and I have the toughest test of my career ahead of me November 7th

What was your experience like of being and fighting in the UK, was it different to your native US?

It’s definitely a different class of people. It was my 3rd trip to the UK thus far my most enjoyable by far.

We look forward to seeing you back in the UK in November where you take on James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory, is this a fight that you have wanted for some time?

This is a fight I have wanted and asked for for some time. He is a living legend in every sence of the word. Anywhere in the world there are two names mentioned when bare knuckle is discussed, Kimbo Slice and The Gypsy Boy. They are the most recognizable names in the modern sport so why wouldn’t I want a shot at the best? This fight has far greater implications for the future of the sport then many people know and understand, especially in the United States.

Why in particular James?

I just answered this in part above but the biggest reason is the unite the sport across the pond and establish the United States as a legitimate competitor in the world wide sport of bare knuckle. A Who’s Your Daddy fighter went to Columbia and won in their bare knuckle program and yet another in Mexico. Our mission is to take this mainstream and for that to happen we need as many promoters and shows as possible taking place worldwide. This is yet another step in that direction, and selfishly, I want to see if James really hits as hard as everyone says he does.

How do you think this fight will play out? And who will win and how?

I think the fight is 50-50, we are both at the end of our careers and quit isn’t in either of our vocabularies… I see a very technical fight, a chess match if you will that could very well come down to who wants the win more…

If you pick up a win against McCrory, who would you be looking to fight next?

A rematch with Ferry or I will fight #Bobbywho anywhere in that mix at any time.

And the same question if you don’t?

I should retire for good lol, for the 5th or 6th time but it looks like I’ll be making a return to MMA I’ve been approached about fighting UFC veteran Josh Copland next year. Josh is a great young man with huge future in combat sports. If my body continues to respond as well as it has I will take that fight. For me it’s a day by day decision.

How does BKB Differ between the US and the UK?

The difference is drastic honestly, in the states the politics and social perception are much tougher than in the UK. As for the fights themselves the big difference in the rounds, we stick to the traditional last man standing format which I prefer. Our medical studies here show that rounds are NOT safer.

What did you think of the UUBBAD show at Nottingham that you’re fought on?

The show was a much better presentation then past events in my opinion. Lighting was much improved and there different elements of entertainment add to the event. Definitely a step in the right direction.

To set the record straight once and for all, is BKB illegal in the USA or not?

There is no federal law in the United States addressing Bare Knuckle Fighting! The decision is up to the individual states if they chose to allow it or not. At this point it is illegal in 2 states, and in 6 other states ANY (meaning gloved or not) combat without a referee is Illegal. In the United States there is a long legal precedent that clearly distinguishes boxing and bare knuckle as separate sports, rightfully so as the dynamics of the sports are very different. I am a very respected man in the industry, not necessarily liked but respected and just today I had a conversation with a high ranking inspector/commissioner about the subject. He gave me permission to share his words on the subject but out of respect I will not give his name at this time but his opinion is clear on the subject. I have had several conversations with top ranking officials who all have similar opinions, that modern bare knuckle must be distinguished as a standalone sport to have any chance of surviving let alone making it mainstream.

That’s the reason for my “Pig Pen” design and for staying as close to the original bare knuckle rules as possible. Social acceptance will come with time and popularity. Bridging these gaps between countries to unify the sport and the rules is the key to acceptance in America and mainstream networks. As long as BKB takes place inside a traditional ring, it looks like boxing without gloves, and its more than that, we constantly see boxers winning with accuracy and fights getting stopped due to cuts from that accuracy, and I have also seen BKB fighters hurting themselves when they put gloves on because they fight the same way and rip tendons etc, the two disciplines are DIFFERENT and should be treated as such, but the ABC will NEVER look at it that way all the time it’s in the ring. If you could convince UBBAD to use the ‘Pig Pen, you would have a good safe precedent to take to the various sporting commissions in USA, the ABC would be automatically pissed off, and you may well get sanctioned

You brought over fellow American Billy Martin in November to fight Scott Midgely for the Middleweight Transatlantic, how did you rate Billy’s performance?

Billy is experienced but young fighter and this was his first trip abroad so it was obvious to me his nerves were a factor most definitely but the bottom line is he got the job done. I wish he wouldn’t get pulled into a brawl and would stand back and use his skills more but again he got the job done.

Well, thank you very much for speaking to me today Corey and look forward to seeing you again in two weeks.

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Interview with the fighter thats taken the world of BKB by storm in a few short months, Jimmy ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Sweeney

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Well Mr Sweeney, you have certainly hit BKB and UBBAD with a bang getting a 4-0 in a matter of months, and scoring two wins be quick first round KO’s at Kettering, do you attribute your skill to your extensive boxing background?

Thanks Stu, yeah of course. I have been boxing now on and off for over twenty years so I’ve learned an awful lot throughout that time, but whether or not I could transfer my boxing skills into BKB was something that excited me, as you know yourself not all boxers can but luckily for me I have been doing alright so far.

I totally agree with you there Jimmy, it fascinates me when boxers cross over into BKB to see if the can transfer the skill set across, and like you say not all of them can do it.

We all know that you have an extensive and successful boxing background, but can you tell us all what your record is and what you managed to achieve?

Well I have had over 80 fights as an amateur winning four national titles both in England and Ireland and I have been beaten in as many finals so I have always been up there with the best. I won a silver medal in the four nations and I have represented Ireland on many occasions.

How did you first get into boxing and at what age?
I come from a boxing family, my father and three older brothers all boxed before me so it was inevitable that I would follow them into the sport. I first started going boxing at around 7 years old but at that age I didn’t take it very seriously and it wasn’t until my family moved to London that I really got hooked on it

What did you most like about boxing when you were younger?

I loved it to be honest, from training, sparing, fighting and having a laugh with all the lads in the club but what I loved most about it was how happy it made my father seeing his sons doing well, and I have never forgotten that.

Why did you stop?
At the age of 24 I was going to turn pro but unfortunately I got into a bit of trouble and had to go away for a significant amount of time and by the time I got home my hunger for boxing had gone.

Why did you choose to go into BKB?
BKB is something I’ve seen throughout my life so the interest was always there and even though I am good enough to go back to boxing as an amateur or a Pro I just fancied doing something different and BKB has given me that hunger back again.

Why did you choose UBBAD?
I decided sometime at the start of the year to try BKB out in England as I had seen a couple of UBBAD shows on YouTube and it got me interested in it but I didn’t know how to get involved and then one day a cousin of mine added me to the UBBAD group and I saw a familiar face in Jim Freeman on the page and even though I had known Jim for quite some time I didn’t know that he was involved with BKB. So I messaged Jim and the rest is history

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What were your expectations and what did you feel you wanted to achieve in your first UBBAD fight at Kettering?
I didn’t really know what to expect at my first show as it was all new to me as we don’t get shows like that in Ireland so I was both excited and nervous at the same time, not nervous of the fights but of the whole experience as I had never experienced anything like this before in my life and I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for. I achieved what I set out to achieve and that was to get everyone to remember my name after that show.

How did you end up having two fights in the same night at Kettering, Michael Ord in the First half and Tom Lax in the second?

I think Tom had been let down that day by an opponent so I said that would fight him as well if need be.

How did you feel when you knocked out Michael Ord, on your very first fight?

I was expecting a tough fight off Michael as I had seen a couple of his previous fights so I knew I had to fight him smart and counter him which I did perfectly and caught him with a great shot which dropped him.

I was hoping at the very least to get a couple of rounds out of him as I had travelled from Ireland for the fight and wanted to at least try and showcase my skills but it was a great shot which would have dropped a lot of guys. I can remember thinking to myself this isn’t a bad start to my career in BKB!

And again, after knocking out Tom Lax on the same show?
I knew from the first punch that Tom threw what was going to happen in that fight and what punch would end it, and again I was pleased to get the win.

Your next fight at Ferry’s First of Furry in Newcastle against a very worthy opponent in Luke Atkin who also has an excellent boxing record, did you prepare differently for this?

Yeah I upped my training for Luke as he is a top fighter with a great record so I had to do plenty of sparring and pad work to get as sharp as possible as I knew Luke was a strong lad so I knew that I had to be quick with my reactions.

You picked up the win after a nasty cut on Luke’s eye, was this your game plan rather than going for a knockout?

I had bad flu and throat infection coming into that fight and at one stage I was thinking of pulling out as it was that bad but I am a fighter so I had to get on with it. I tried pacing myself as knew that my fitness wasn’t great so I stuck to my jab and kept out of danger with my movement which worked perfectly for me and I came of of that fight without any damage. My game plan was just to go in there and box and not take any unnecessary punches. I cut him early on in the round and from there on I aimed for that eye and to cause him as much damage as possible so he wouldn’t be able to continue

As we know the fight was stopped due to the cut but Luke wanted to carry on, do you think this was the right decision to stop the fight?

Nobody wants to loose, especially to a cut but he was cut in two different places over the eyes and his eye was closing. That was just after the first round so you can imagine what it would have looked like after the third if it had continued.

If it has continued he could have ended up with permanent damage in the eye and then people would have been saying it should have been stopped earlier, so I think Bill Ellis made the right decision in stopping it when he did because it would have got a lot worse.

I agree, I think Bill did the right thing

Will be ever see you and Luke sharing the ring again for a rematch?

Yeah, I can see that fight happening again in the future but as I have said before I have other fights that I want first but I can see this happening. I think Luke has to have a few fights to build his name in BKB and I have no doubt we can talk about a future fight.

In your next fight at UBBAD Battle Royale you were given the honour of fighting for the Jay Strickson Memorial Belt against Jon Stuart. Was this a proud day for you? 

When I got the call to fight for the Jay Stickson Memorial belt I jumped at the chance as I know the pain his family is going through as suicide has also torn my family apart and that’s why I really wanted to win that fight bad. That will always be my proudest moment in BKB winning that fight.

Again you picked up the win against Jon but in a very different fight to your other three, you seem to have the ability to adapt do different styles from your opponents, would you agree?

Well in any fighting sport you have to have the ability to adapt to any fighting style and I think that I do that very well and very quickly and if you can’t do that you won’t be successful

How did you feel the fight went with Jon?

I think that I let the importance of that fight get to me in the first round as I came out looking for a KO which I never do and I wasn’t my normal calm and relaxed self, but I think I did relax more in the second round and finished it quite early, and that’s not taking anything away from Jon as he is a very tough lad but he just got caught with some great shots

It was an amazing gesture to give the belt to Jay Stricksons children, what made you do this?

I wanted Jays Kids to have that belt to always remember the great warrior their father was and to know how loved he was throughout the whole BKB community and that he will never be forgotten.

Much has been made lately about the sadly not to be title shot in November against Billy Martin, what’s your take on the whole thing and Billy’s injury?
The fight was agreed at the Nottingham show with all parties happy with it until the next day when my cousin got talking to Billy’s Manager on Facebook and he said Billy wouldn’t be ready for me for a few fights, and then a few days later we started hearing about his injury. But now it’s all sorted and Billy still wants that fight when his hand is healed so I just have to keep winning until it does happen.

Is it true that your will be up against Evans at some point and the winner of that bout will get a title shot against Billy Martin?

No, that’s untrue I have Billy after the New Year and then Evans faces the winner of that.

How do you think you would fair against Evans?

Christian is a very good friend of mine who I have a lot of respect for. We will just have to wait and see but it will be a great fight.

How do you think you would fair against Martin?

I don’t think that Martin is in the same league as me to be fair, I think he would put up a fight for a round or two then you would really see the difference with experience between us, and believe me I will take him out easily.

Do you know much about the match that you now have for 7th November, experienced White Collar Boxer Tim papa?

No, I don’t know much about him the lad except that his has plenty of experience. I am confident of beating anyone that’s put in front of me as you have to be there or there’s no point being there

How do you think this fight will end?

I am not going to predict knockouts or what round I will do it in but I see me winning but I have to give this lad the respect he deserves and not think that’s its going to be an easy fight

Much has been made about a possible clash at some point between yourself and Scott Midgely, how do you think that fight would go, and how do you think it would end?

Well, firstly they won’t be calling him ‘Pretty Boy’ after it. Personally I don’t think Scott is in my league, I believe that he is a mediocre fighter at best and I aim to prove that. And that’s not being disrespectful to Scott he is a nice lad but being nice doesn’t win you fights! Scott has lost twice already and he will get another shot but has to get to the back of the queue again and himself back up

UBBAD Middleweight Champion Dave Radford, a legend in the world of Boxing and BKB and a good friend of mine I think would be a great match in the future for you, how do you think you would fair with Dave?

These are the fights that I am looking for as I want to test myself against the best and Dave is definitely one of the best and I have so much respect for his as a fighter and a man, he is a legend. I am not being disrespectful to Dave but I think that my youth and speed would cause him awful problems as I am probably the fastest middleweight in the division and I have great movement, but saying that he could catch me and knock me out, who knows, but it’s defiantly a fight the fans would love.

I am fascinated by your unusual stance, where did this come from, and don’t say the Karate Kid?

Growing up as a kid my favourate fighters were Roy Jones, Chris Eubank, Price Nassem and fighters with similar styles, I loved the way they moved and how they avoided puchces with ease, but I do think my strange style works for me

Is Scott Midgely right when in his last interview he said that he thinks your stance is to try and draw people forward so that you can counter?

That shows that Scott has a lack of experinace when he comes out with a stamen like that. You would imagine being 32- he would know about styles

Being an Irish Traveller I would say it’s safe to say that fighting is in your blood, it goes without saying that BKB and Irish Travellers go hand in hand, but before UBBAD have you had any experience of BKB?

I had one fight when I was 15 years old against a much older cousin which I won easy. I was never really into that kind of fighting growing up as I was concerned with my boxing in the ring

Have you been sea fishing lately?
Fishing? Hahaha Fuck Off Stu!

What do you think of all of the callouts from the USA over the last few days from a Journeyman with I think a record of 20-17 and 11 of those losses by knockout, and his friend ‘Bacon Rind’?

I think their scared of Billy Losing to me so they bring in these others fighters to challenge me which I have no problem fighting but I have to fight Billy first. I’d fight Flores and Rind on the same night no problem at all.

Would you prefer that matching was left to the matchers?

Yeah well that is their jobs lol. As fighters you obviously have a say in who you fight also but its the matchmakers job to put those options of fighters in front of you. I don’t see the problem in asking for a match up but not demanding one. And whoever’s job it is to do the matchmaking has been doing a good job as we’ve seen on the last few shows.

Anything else you would like to say or anyone to mention?

Yeah I’d like to thank Joe brown for the opportunity to fight for UBBAD and also to Amanda and Shaun thank you. And to a very good friend of mine Jim Freeman who’s the reason for me being in UBBAD in the first place and to yourself Stu for being a good mate. And to all the UBBAD staff that help out and so much for UBBAD and Mercury Sports got covering all the fights and to the fans that spend their hard earned money to come support us fighters but most of all I’d like to thank my father who’s no longer with us for making me the person I am today.

R.I.P Daddy you’re always with me x

Well Jimmy thanks for your time mate and look forward to seeing you soon my friend

Fighter Profiles – Donald McPhee

Name: Donald McPhee

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Fight Name: The Highlander

Home Town: Castletown (Scotland)

Height:.5ft 8″

Weight: 88-95kg

Age:40

Occupation: Labourer

BKB Record: 2-3

Boxing Record: N/A

Other Combat Sports: Back Belt in Kuk Sool (National Korean Karate) and have training in Kickboxing

Who have you fought in BKB and what were the results: Jako Jackson (W), Aaron Gaghan (L), Seth Jones (L) Scott Midgley (L), Billy Burton (W)

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: I am the current UBBAD Scottish Champion

 

Fighter Profiles – Josh Foreman

Name: Joshua foreman

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Fight Name: Baby Faced Assassin

Home Town: Evesham

Height:.5″9

Weight: 55-60kg

Age:18

Occupation: Ground Maintenance

BKB Record:1-0-0

Boxing Record:0-0-1

Other Combat Sports:

Who have you fought in BKB and what were the results: Tony Crawford with a round 3 TKO

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: I’m the UK’s youngest contracted Bareknuckle Boxer

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Scott MIdgley talks BKB and Billy Martin

 First of well done for a great performance against Billy Martin, you must be gutted at the outcome with the Middleweight Transatlantic and BKF Association World Titles at stake, how are you feeling now that the dust has settled?

The dust has settled but I still feel very very disappointed, I feel I let everyone in the UK down, not too much in my performance as the only mistakes I made were walking into his shots a few times carelessly and getting caught on the button. There wasn’t hard shots or shots hard enough to hurt me or knock me out just ones clean on the button. But I’m back in training and ready to test my ability against anyone out there. People don’t realise how much that roar of the crowd made me feel. I’ve been to a hell of a lot of shows and that roar when I walked out blew me away I’ve never heard anything like it in BKB. So I feel with me not having my arms raised at the end of the night I Let you lot down and my grandma who I had a half an hour conversation with in my room before I came out. She sadly passed a few months before the fight but I spoke to her and told her I’m going to do this for her and nothing or no one was going to stop me. No matter how bad I’m bleeding, no matter how many broken bones and no matter how many times I go down I will beat him. I just feel I let her down and every person there who screamed for me.

 

The fight stopped when your corner man and friend James McCrory threw in the towel, there’s a lot of things been written about this on social media, some of this by you so let’s clear this up once and for all from the horse’s mouth, Do you think that it was the right decision in hindsight?

Absolute NOT……. That was a very poor call from him. There was no were in the fight were billy was beating me up, I was the one giving it out yes I carelessly walked onto a few shots but there wasn’t shots hard enough to hurt me or knock me out in the slightest just well placed shots. Billy’s only real success was me losing my rag and asking him to hit me to try get him to engage in a fight. We have seen far worst fights than that, guys getting beat to shit with blood all over, eyes closed up knocked down more times than humpty dumty and on jelly legs. My fight was nothing like that and it was for a world title so even if I was in a state like that in a title fight you let it go a big more. I was the more dangerous fighter in that fight so even if that fight was to go the same way for another 3 more rounds even in round 5 I would of still been more dangerous as I can end a fight with one clean right. I was very fit for that fight so would have been just as strong and just as quick later on. I honestly thought it was the end of the round when Shaun pointed me to my corner and when someone said it was over I looked over to billy to see if he had quit as I split his mouth open and thought I may have broken his jaw, not for one second did I think it was me who just lost. Billy is a great fighter and hits very accurate but I seriously believe as a fighter I’m the better man and I have the ability to knock him out. There’s so many things I could say about that but I won’t people know my view on it and there’s not I could do now. I’ve been in far worst states in fights than that and won over my life in fact I wasn’t in no state at all.
As we know you have been left with a damaged hand from the fight, what exactly is the injury and how long will it be until your able to fight again?
I have broken my right ring finger knuckle. It’s absolutely crushed not even a break or fracture but it’s crushed like the front of a car has hit a brick wall. Although it’s a lot worst injury than a normal break as long as nothing flaked away and healed as one it’s going to be fine. It’s healing very well right now but it’s not strong enough for me to hit a bag yet which is a real shame because I wanted to fight in November. But I’ve got to let it heal this time as I’m coming back with a bang
Who would you be looking to fight next?

Anyone in the top 4. I don’t want an easy fight just to look good getting a knock out or build my confidence or record I want to fight the best simple as
Would you like a rematch with Billy Martin?
I’d give anything for that rematch and I’m sure billy would want to too to try prove that he could of beaten me with out what happened in the fight at the end. I’m not a spoilt brat though and I won’t kick and scream and make stupid demands. Yes a lot of people did say they wanted to see a rematch but I’m also a fan of BKB myself and look at it from a fans point a lot too and others deserve a crack at Billy’s title like Radford for sure and Evans. They have earned it. I will do what I think all fighters should do and earn my spot back and earn my rematch. People like to see me fight because that is exactly what I do come for a fight. So if I get a couple of great knock outs with a couple of the top boys then I know we will get our rematch.
If this was to happen would you do anything differently? And if so what?
Not give McCrory a fucking towel lol only joking, I’d sit him at the bar with a row of pints so he can’t think with his heart over his head lol yeh there’s a few things I’d do differently. If you watch the first half of round one when I boxed him I was slicker he didn’t hit me and I was giving it to him and rocked him good, I dropped him to a knee and Shaun came in and I thought he was going to give billy a standing 8 but said continue I then carelessly went in to land a  big right and forgot for a second his main punching hand was his left, he’s got a longer reach than me and he got to me before I got to him and he caught me clean on the jaw which dropped me. That one there was the only knock down what had anything behind it as it was a good clean shot that. Then I went back to my let’s have a fucking fight attitude lol if I’d of carry on with the boxing I’d of looked a lot better. But I’m not there to look good and although I was still giving him a good fight and been the aggressor I wasn’t looking at his left as much as I should have. So may be in a rematch I’d box him more or maybe I’d be more aggressive and try put my fist through his jaw lol
Do you still see yourself near the top of UBBAD’s middleweight division with a lot of new fighters joining the ranks?

I will never rank myself, if you were to ask me do I think I can beat everyone in my division absolute yes. I’m an aggressive hard hitting guy who loves a fight. I can box but I’d rather have a toe to toe fight all day and if I can get them to have a good fight with me I’d put money on me all day long knocking them out. There’s some great fighters in my division so for someone to be near to top is a bit achievement for anyone. But I do believe I’m the most dangerous because of my power, because of my chin, recovery time and heart. I think heart is the most important out of them because I’ve seen fighters quit when they could have won.
In an interview that went online yesterday Andrew Price (3-0) said that at some point he would love to fight you due to respect and friendship, how do you think Andy is progressing in BKB?
I really like Andy, in fact we are very close friends. I think Andy is doing really well in BKB and if he didn’t have pull outs a few times his record could be 5-0 or 6-0 by now so he’s been a patient guy. If Andy does well against Evans then absolutely I’d look at that fight and he’s like me he’s not wanting to fight me because we don’t like each other it’s just through respect like the same reason I said I’d fight Radford or when James was trying to come down to middle weight I said I’d love to fight them because there good at what they do and I respect them at what they do so I know were Andy is coming from. We are here to test ourselves that’s what I think anyway.
Do you think that he will have enough to take a win over Christian Evans?
Christian doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. The guys now ranked number 2 behind Radford, he gets over looked by people talking about other fighters. I know he has his kick offs and his rants but that’s what I love about him. The guy is a fighter you can’t ask us to have bare knuckle fight punching the living shit out of each other then also want us to walk around like gentleman with bowling hard and dickie bow ties on. The reality is most of us were brought up hard live a hard life and aren’t no angels. Now if Evans was disrespectful then maybe I’d agree but I’ve never seen him be like that. The guy has a great sense of humour and is very confident in his ability.  Andy’s boxing isn’t no were near Christians but most people’s aren’t. I know Ross really give it to Christian in that first round and if I’m honest I fought Ross was going to get a knock out after watching that first round. Christian started catching Ross when he kept coming in and then Ross screwed his arm up. I think Christian would of pulled off the win unless Ross then came out in the 3rd like he did the first but we won’t know. I bet them too get it on again and what a cracker it will be. Weather Andy can do that I don’t know. Ross did well close up and Andy is a tall fighter with long arms and Christian is very good a distance too
Someone relatively new to UBBAD who has taken the middleweight division by storm is a good friend of mine Jimmy Sweeney, what do you think of his progress to date?
I know he’s got a decent amateur boxing back ground and his fight with Luke Akins looked to be a tasty fight but I’d of liked to of seen that fight finished as to me Akins looked decent even with a bloody eye. He looks sharp though Sweeny, but I’ve not seen enough of him to give an opinion weather I think he’s going to be the next big thing or not. I’d like to see him fight Evans as that would be a good match up. That would have been great match for November or Jan, but I’m not the match maker I’m sure he will get a good fight soon though.

Can you see yourself meeting Jimmy in the ring at some point?
Absolutely he’s in the top 4 so he’s on my radar. In face it was one of the fights I wanted strait after the Martin fight I said because Radford is lined up to fight Craig so I obviously can’t fight that legend of a man I’d like to fight Sweeny or the winner of Evans vs price. I was told Sweeny had someone lined up so it was possible for me to fight the winner of Evans and price in November which to me was ok because Evans is ranked number two and him and Sweeny aren’t bothered a bit fighting each other right now. A couple of days later I’d been to the hospital and been told there would be no way my hand would 100% by November never mind train for it. So I’m not back till after the New Year.
If so how do you think that will play out?
I’ll go with me by knock out. I’ve not seen enough of Sweeny in a good fight yet to say what his weakness and strengths are. Unless he’s got a killer knock out power what he’s holding back all I can see him doing it’s trying to counter me. But once they get hit in the face then its game on and that’s where the fun starts. He’s got a very strange stance which puts people off as it’s like he is trying to get them to come forward and engage him so he can counter. I’ve only watched his fights once apart from the Luke fight I’ve watched that a couple of times but more to watch Luke.

Career wise in BKB after getting all the way up to bring a contender for the Transatlantic and BKF Association World Title, do you have an overall plan progression up the ranks?
Yeh to get my spot back and finish the fight me and billy started. I know I’ve got his number. He’s good don’t get me wrong but I know I’m too strong and hard hitting for him. In that fight I would of hit him clean and that would have been game over. There’s a few big plans I’ve got regarding my bare knuckle career so we will see but I plan on earning that shot back one way or another and if I after beat everyone till there’s no one left to beat I will. I won’t sit there and take novices to pads up my record or guys coming off losses knowing it will be a walk in the park. I just don’t see the point in that at all.
I know that you have mentioned on more than one occasion that you would love to fight a good friend of both yours and mine, and a full on Legend Dave Radford for the Middleweight Title, can you see this happening at some point?
That’s the fight I would want over any right now. Just like the situation with me and Andy price, people don’t realise how much I love this guy. Radford is my idol. Were both Yorkshire who love our families and love a good hard fight. I think the Amer vs Radford fight is all wrong. That’s just my opinion. But just to share a ring with Dave would mean the whole world. Don’t get me wrong once I’m in that ring I’m not holding back. I’m giving it my everything and we will have a great toe to toe fight. Me and Radford and been lined up then unlined up for over a year now, it’s got to the pint I’m like for fuck sake I just want to know one way or another are we going to do it ha ha I’m like Dave and just want to fight the best Dave is the UK number one and legend so to finally share a ring with Dave would mean the world to me.
How can you see the fight going with Dave? Would you be looking to pit youth against experience?
I’ve always said my aggression speed and power is too much for most. In Daves case power won’t bother him it with be the hand speed, I’m sure he’s used to fighting aggressive guys too but I do think I’ll catch him. Weather he catches me is just as important as Dave has some cracking hooks.
Ferry or Miller Ferry round 2 unless miller can tie him up and exhaust him out then pick him off then it’s miller round 4
Price or Evans Evans is the better boxer so Evans by decision or price by KO round 2
Radford or Amer Not calling this one sorry
McCrory or Williams McCrory by late stoppage or decision
Woodward or Cocker    Coker by KO round one
Jim or Joe Joe the cockney gangster lol
Shaun or Amanda I know both well enough to say me and Shaun together couldn’t win an argument with Amanda lol only joking Amanda is an absolute diamond of a woman. She really is and people don’t realise just how much of a hard worker she is and how much charity work she does , I saw a comment the other day about someone saying no one dare say anything to her cos she will run to Shaun. That can’t be further from the truth she works her pants off that woman she really does I’ve seen it all with my own eyes her getting stressed pulling her hair out in the office while me Shaun and the lads are in the ring knocking bells out of each other. She truly is a big driving force behind the smiths. So I’d love to see a bit more love towards her as she deserves a lot.
George or Spencer
George win
Holborn or McFarlane

Not seen anything from either  but I’ll go with McFarlane
Slater or Forman

Forman I like him a lot

George or Gallon (The Rematch) Gallon looked good he looked sharp but when George tagged him on the chin he couldn’t regain his composure. I’ll go with George again but it’s going to be a cracker

Sweeney or Martin Go with Martin because I’ve fought him and not seen enough of Sweeny to judge yet.
Hawthorn or JDogg
I’ve got to always go with my boy Jdogg, but I love billy to bits but I think Nathen will tire him out and make billy blow out in this fight then go in himself
Who would you most like to fight and why?
Aaron Gaughn or billy Martin because there the only people in my whole life who have ever beaten me. Funny enough both fights were stopped by the same man Mr Jimmy McCrory!!! You got something to tell me jimmy lad how much they paying you lol only joking but then 2 I’d like to fight over anyone
Who would win and how?
I think I’d get the win on both occasions. I wouldn’t bother having it if I thought I was going in there for an arse kicking if I’ve already got the loss to them lol
Living or dead at their peak who would you have most liked to have fought and why? Jack Dempsey 100% there’s no point saying Tyson or Ali or any of the greats like that as there elite pro boxers and I’m not having a boxing match but Dempsey was around 190lb and used to fight people for money bare knuckle to make a living so him. Now if it was a street fight and anything goes then Roy show. Clash of the pretty boys lol
Who would win and how? Fuck knows that’s why I’d love the chance to see how good they were
And last but not least, your Dream BKB match to watch, who would it be between? Who would win and how?
Bartley vs McLean but I’d say Bartley wins a bare knuckle boxing match but McLean would win a street fight. Nigel Benn vs Steve Colin’s BKB , I’d go with Benn. Duran vs Pacman BKB I’d go with Duran

Thanks for your time as always Scott and looking forward to seeing you back in the ring soon.

Exclusive Interview with UBBAD Team England Captain Andrew ‘Death Wish’ Price.

 

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How to you feel about taking part in the first ever national BKB Championship, England v Wales?

I am absolutely over the moon that I have been chosen to represent my country for UBBAD, and even more so that I’m the English captain

You are not just representing your country, but as England Captain your leading them into battle, that’s a big responsibility do your think that you’re up for the job?

I am 110% percent up to the job, I just can’t wait to go into battle!

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Who else makes up team England?

Check the fight card! Ha Ha

Who do you think will be particularly strong on the team?

I think that both England and Wales have very strong team, but I think that one to watch for definite will be Johhny Holborn.

As Captain of England you’re taking on the Welsh Captain, Christian Evans. Christian’s record stands at 4-0 and yours at 3-0, so either way one of you will be swapping your 0 for a 1, who do you think this will be?

Well I am definitely confident, so I’d say I’ll keep my 0 but who knows because as you know in Bare Knuckle Boxing just one punch can change everything!

Without revealing too much do you have a game plan for Christian?

I’m not really one for game plans because I like to adapt as the fight goes on, but I’d like this fight to go the distance if and have a real tear up!

If you take a win over Christian who would you be looking to fight next?

I think I’m going to have some time out after this fight but I will still be training and see what happens in the new year but to be honest if Joe or Jim offer me a fight and you as my manager agree it I will fight anyone

The same question if you don’t?

As above

Again without giving away too much do you have a game plan for your team?

Like I say I have never been a fan of game plans well just see how things go and enjoy it

Your still quite new to BKB, how did you first get involved?

I blame James McCrory, just watching him at the first show I was at I thought I’d love to test myself and have a go! My goal was to have three fights and be happy if I won one out of the three but I have managed to have three and win three, so I am happy!

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What is it about BKB that you like more than gloved?

I’d like to fight gloved as well, it’s just finding the time really fitting it around work family and other commitments but we will see what happens in the New Year.

What has been your hardest fight to date?

My hardest fight was my first fight with Nathen Woodward, I only found out he was left handed an hour b4 the fight and then when we started fighting he was fighting orthodox, so I was well baffled and felt like I couldn’t get near him but it went in my favour in the end.

Who would you most like to fight?

I’d love one day to fight Scott Midgely because in my eyes he has so much heart and an attitude to never give up. Ever since I saw his fight Aaron Gaughn and break his ankle but still kept fighting. Seeing that I instantly had massive respect for him

Who would your dream fight to watch be between?

James Quinn vs Bobby Gunn

Who Wins?

James Quinn

Come one then lets have some fight predictions

Ferry or Miller? Ferry

McCrory or Williams? Mccrory

Sweeney or Evans? Sweeney

Joe or Jim

Joe

Spencer or George

George

Billy or JDogg Bang

Bang all day long!

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You’re now a contracted UBBAD fighter, but I know that you have fought on other promotions previously, why have you chosen UBBAD to sign for?

I like that way that UBBAD look after their fighters, I really feel that they have my welfare at heart, they have a great medical team headed by Bill Ellis and they pay the fighters fairly. That’s not to say that others don’t, but I feel at home with UBBAD

What do you think the future holds for BKB?

BKB is going to explode! Just like the UFC did many years ago!

What do you think the future holds for UBBAD

I see UBBAD leading the way in making BKB mainstream, I see them leading where other promotions follow and will continue to break new ground.

Anything else you would like to say?

I would just like to say a big thanks to Joe Brown for having the faith in me to make me a contracted fighter, and thanks and respect as always to Billy Hawthorn who has looked out for me at every fight that I have had from doing my wraps, to giving me expert advice and doing my corner. Thanks also to Nathan Woodward for two great fights and an even better friendship, and last but not least thanks to my manager who is the best in the business, Stu Armstrong.

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Bare Knuckle Boxing (Wiki)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bare-knuckle boxing
Irish American bare-knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan

Irish American bare-knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan
Also known as Fisticuffs, Prizefighting
Focus Striking
Country of origin Ireland
Creator Unknown
Parenthood Ancient Greek boxing, Street fighting

Bare-knuckle boxing (also known as bare-knuckle, prizefighting, fist fight or fisticuffs) is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports. It involves two individuals fighting without boxing gloves or other padding on their hands.

The difference between a streetfight and a bare-knuckle boxing match is an accepted set of rules, such as not striking a downed opponent.

Click here to read the full Wikipedia article

The Origins of Boxing (Britannica)

The terms pugilism and prizefighting in modern usage are practically synonymous with boxing, although the first term indicates the ancient origins of the sport in its derivation from the Latin pugil, “a boxer,” related to the Latin pugnus, “fist,” and derived in turn from the Greek pyx, “with clenched fist.” The term prizefighting emphasizes pursuit of the sport for monetary gain, which began in England in the 17th century.
The Early Years
Boxing first appeared as a formal Olympic event in the 23rd Olympiad (688 bce), but fist-fighting contests must certainly have had their origin in mankind’s prehistory. The earliest visual evidence for boxing appears in Sumerian relief carvings from the 3rd millennium bce. A relief sculpture from Egyptian Thebes (c. 1350 bce) shows both boxers and spectators. The few extant Middle Eastern and Egyptian depictions are of bare-fisted cotntests with, at most, a simple band supporting the wrist; the earliest evidence of the use of gloves or hand coverings in boxing is a carved vase from Minoan Crete (c. 1500 bce) that shows helmeted boxers wearing a stiff plate strapped to the fist.
The earliest evidence of rules for the sport comes from ancient Greece. These ancient contests had no rounds; they continued until one man either acknowledged defeat by holding up a finger or was unable to continue. Clinching (holding an opponent at close quarters with one or both arms) was strictly forbidden. Contests were held outdoors, which added the challenge of intense heat and bright sunlight to the fight. Contestants represented all social classes; in the early years of the major athletic festivals, a preponderance of the boxers came from wealthy and distinguished backgrounds.
The Greeks considered boxing the most injurious of their sports. A 1st-century-bce inscription praising a pugilist states, “A boxer’s victory is gained in blood.” In fact, Greek literature offers much evidence that the sport caused disfigurement and, occasionally, even death. An amazingly bloody bout is recounted by Homer in the Iliad (c. 675 bce):
“Sons of Atreus, and all you other strong-greaved Achaians,
we invite two men, the best among you, to contend for these prizes
with their hands up for the blows of boxing. He whom Apollo grants to outlast the other, and all the Achaians witness it, let him lead away the hard-working jenny [female donkey] to his own shelter.
The beaten man shall take away the two-handled goblet.”

He spoke, and a man huge and powerful, well skilled in boxing,
rose up among them; the son of Panopeus, Epeios.
He laid his hand on the hard-working jenny, and spoke out:
“Let the man come up who will carry off the two-handled goblet.
I say no other of the Achaians will beat me at boxing
and lead off the jenny. I claim I am the champion. Is it not
enough that I fall short in battle? Since it could not be
ever, that a man could be a master in every endeavour.
For I tell you this straight out, and it will be a thing accomplished.
I will smash his skin apart and break his bones on each other.
Let those who care for him wait nearby in a huddle about him
to carry him out, after my fists have beaten him under.”

So he spoke, and all of them stayed stricken to silence.
Alone Euryalos stood up to face him, a godlike
man, son of lord Mekisteus of the seed of Talaos;
of him who came once to Thebes and the tomb of Oidipous after
his downfall, and there in boxing defeated all the Kadmeians.
The spear-famed son of Tydeus was his second, and talked to him
in encouragement, and much desired the victory for him.
First he pulled on the boxing belt about his waist, and then
gave him the thongs carefully cut from the hide of a ranging
ox. The two men, girt up, strode into the midst of the circle
and faced each other, and put up their ponderous hands at the same time  and closed, so that their heavy arms were crossing each other,
and there was a fierce grinding of teeth, the sweat began to run
everywhere from their bodies. Great Epeios came in, and hit him
as he peered out from his guard, on the cheek, and he could no longer  keep his feet, but where he stood the glorious limbs gave.
As in the water roughened by the north wind a fish jumps
in the weed of the beach-break, then the dark water closes above him,  so Euryalos left the ground from the blow, but great-hearted Epeios  took him in his arms and set him upright, and his true companions  stood about him, and led him out of the circle, feet dragging  as he spat up the thick blood and rolled his head over on one side.  He was dizzy when they brought him back and set him among them.

The History of boxing (BBC)

Early Forms of Boxing
Boxing can be said to date back to ancient times as fighters have stood against each other in hand to hand combat competitions held for the entertainment of others since the earliest human civilisations.

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The ancient Greeks, who believed a form of fighting for the sake of sport had been invented by the gods on Mount Olympus, were known to partake in a sport akin to boxing and in 688 BCE, it was made a part of the Olympic Games.

In ancient Rome the boxing scene provided a common spectator sport until eventually in around 400 CE, the Roman establishment, who by this time had adopted Christianity, abolished it as it was seen as a particularly brutal activity.

Professional vs. Amateur Boxing
Boxing is a combat sport where two people engage in a contest of strength. It is an intense sport where boxers throw punches at each other with gloves. The game is controlled by a referee, who officiates a series of one to three minute rounds depending on if they are professional or amateur fights.

In Professional boxing matches they can last up to three minutes long and the bouts can last anywhere between four to thirteen rounds. The main objective in professional boxing is to win each round or get a knock out. If a boxer knocks his opponent down or hits him hard enough for the ref to instigate a ‘standing count’, he rarely loses the round.

In amateur boxing the bouts are usually around three to four rounds long and only last up to two minutes. Amateur boxing can be found at events like the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games, and the objective is to win points by landing more scoring shots on the opponents target area.

Besides the view on boxing being a rough sport, the big fights still remain some of the most watched athletics events across the world despite the recent rise of the popular MMA sports. We can thank boxing legends Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, and George Foreman that boxing numbers have increased, with online bookmakers Betway title fight, Groves v Froch, selling out the 70,000 seating stadium Wembley within 5 minutes.

The 17th Century Boxing Revival
Although fistfights done for sport or entertainment undoubtedly took place throughout history, there was no real coherence or connection between bouts or fighters after boxing was banned by the Romans until in the 17th century, it saw a major revival in London.

By the 1680s, matches had started to become common in Britain’s capitol city and by the turn of the century, scheduled fights were taking place at the Royal Theatre.

Some of the best fighters on the boxing scene at the time would tour the country in ‘Booths’, where they would challenge anyone to go a set number of rounds with them for the entertainment of the crowd and a cash reward for the few who could manage it.

When not fighting in booths, prize-fighters would go up against each other in bare knuckle fights that would have an unlimited number of rounds and would continue until someone was knocked out or unable to go on. Very little skill would usually be involved in these early stages of modern pugilism history, though this changed over time as boxers came along who found ways to use tactics and brain power to overcome bigger and stronger opponents.

In the mid-eighteenth century, John ‘Jack’ Broughton (pictured above) became known as the Father of English Boxing after he introduced a number of rules. They were mainly concerned with the safety of the fighters and included banning hitting a man when he was down and low punches; he also introduced helmets and boxing gloves filled with horse hair, though these were just used for training purposes.

Boxing in the Modern Era
Broughton’s rules would be the only real regulation the sport had for around one hundred years until in the 19th century, the sport developed further with the introduction of the Queensbury

Rules. Boxing gloves worn within the fights, three minute rounds, the ten second count and a ban on wrestling moves were all introduced making boxing recognisable as the sport that we know today.

Towards the start of the 20th century, America began to take an interest in boxing and Britain’s stranglehold on the world titles began to wane. Throughout the century, new weights, rules, safety guidelines and boxing commissions have gradually been introduced and today boxing is recognised as one of the most popular sports on the planet, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars each year and entertaining countless people in the process.

 

Further Reading

Holland, G. [Internet]. 2008. History of London Boxing. The BBC. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/london/content/articles/2007/11/13/early_boxing_history_feature.shtml [Accessed April 12, 2013].

Kent, G. 2009. The Little Book of Boxing. The History Press. Gloucestershire.

Poliakoff, M. [Internet]. 2013. Boxing. Britannica. Available from: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/76377/boxing [Accessed April 12, 2013].

The Ancient Olympics: Bridging past and present. [Internet]. 2013. The Open University. Available from: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/body-mind/health/sport-and-fitness/the-ancient-olympics-bridging-past-and-present/content-section-8.2 [Accessed April 12, 2013].

Tom Cribb’s bareknuckle deeds in the cradle of international sport

Tom Cribb, left, on his way to defeating the freed American slave Tom Molineaux in their second fight at Thistleton Gap, Rutland, in 1811  Pugilism was the height of fashion in the Britain of 1810, mixing and matching all classes – and it staged possibly the first international sporting contest.

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The recent  string of championship boxing matches shared by the old port of Liverpool and the neon-winking Strip joint in Nevada and relayed live around the world by television happened just days away from an exact two centuries after the first international sporting event ever staged – which was on a filthy wet winter’s day on a muddy patch on Copthall Common, near East Grinstead, Sussex, on 18 December 1810.
Or is it too fanciful to claim that when the bareknuckle champion of all-England, Bristol’s Tom Cribb, squared up on that historic day to Tom Molineaux, a black American freed slave from Georgetown, South Carolina, it launched a brand new category of competition, a completely novel one in which nationhood’s pride and prestige was equally as significant as personal esteem and achievement?
A primeval inauguration, I’d say. Well, name me an earlier international sporting contest? The dramatic episode at Copthall Common a week before Christmas 1810 happened all of three-score years before England played Scotland in the first international matches at both football and rugby; it was 67 years before England would play Australia at cricket, or before Wimbledon began its “international all-comers” lawn tennis championships. Dammit, 1810 was a whole 92 years before two football teams representing “foreign” countries played one another (Austria 5, Hungary 0, Vienna, October 1902). So Cribb (GB) v Molineaux (USA) was a world première “first” all right.
Pugilism was the height of fashion in the Britain of 1810. It mixed and matched all classes – the Prince Regent and his aristo toffs were regular ringside “incognito”. Pugilism helped mollify racism: there were some fabled Jewish boxers on the circuit (Daniel Mendoza, “Dutch Sam” Elias and Barney Aaron); and Irish, too (“Sir” Dan McCarthy and Jack Randall, “the nonpareil”).
Nor was Molineaux the first black fighter. He had been inspired to come to Britain by hearing of the formidable Bill Richmond, a slave who had been bought 20 years previously in New York by a sympathetic British army general, Earl Percy; and who was now, as an ex-boxer, bodyguard to the Duke of Northumberland and an expert teacher of the “sweet science”.
Advertisement Molineaux had sailed for Liverpool in 1809 having left his Carolina plantation after victory in a “free-the-winner” fight with another slave. Once Richmond saw the 25-year-old Molineaux’s strapping build (5ft 9in and 14 stones) he set up a trial match, in which old hand Tom Tough was easily dispatched at Margate in August 1810, and then they challenged the battle-hardened national treasure, Cribb, not only the undisputed champ but wealthy landlord of the Union Arms in London’s Panton Street.
The match created unprecedented interest. Waves of anticipation buzzed all around and at every level the Fancy and its underworld was engaged in feverish certainties – and uncertainties – about national honour being at stake in the face of Molineaux’s apparent talent and strength.
No railways yet, of course: transport was by horseback, carriage, or foot. The crowd’s enthusiastic descent on the venue and the fearful weather turned all Copthall Common’s paths and lanes into ankle-deep mud. Yet still nearly 20,000 turned up. Last year’s vivid biography of Cribb by Jon Hurley describes how the “congregation hummed with expectation and the gabbling of bookies laying odds. The money bet on the contest was vast with the knowing ones laying huge sums on Cribb to destroy the black in less than 15 minutes”.
For twice as long as that, however, the throng was silenced as they saw their champion – approaching 30 now, under-trained and over-confident – out-thought, out-muscled and out-hit by the younger Molineaux. In the ninth round, Cribb was felled by a cruel axe-like blow to the throat. It seemed all over – until his second, the ex-champion Joe Ward, harassed referee “Gentleman” Jackson, claiming Richmond was concealing a bullet in each of Molineaux’s palms to increase the punching power of his fists.
In the six minutes it took to prove the accusation false, Cribb recovered his senses while Molineaux stood shivering as the wretched English weather bit into his spirit. It turned the match: 50 minutes and 22 rounds later, Molineaux was carried out, heroically defeated.
Cribb far more easily won the return match in September 1811 at Thistleton Gap, Rutland. The great champion lived on, feted by one and all, and died at a ripe old 66 in 1848. Alas, Molineaux was to over-enjoy the Regency’s best wines, whiskies and wild, wild women and in no time was reported to be fighting – and losing – around the fairgrounds of Ireland’s Galway where, still drinking, he died, alone and destitute, in 1818, aged just 33.
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The Father of English Boxing

By Gary Holland
The story of Jack Broughton – England’s Champion Prizefighter.
John ‘Jack’ Broughton, known as the father of English boxing, was champion from 1729 until 1750 and was a pupil of James Figg.

Broughton made his first appearance at George Taylor’s booth at the Adam and Eve in Tottenham Court Road. He then went on to teach boxing at his arena known as Broughton’s Amphitheatre in Oxford Road near to Oxford Street.

The theatre was opened in March 1743 and in the same year Broughton introduced the first rules of boxing.

Broughton’s Rules introduced a 3-foot square in the centre of the ring, breaks when a fighter was knocked down and gloves used but only for practice.

The introduction of these rules happened after Broughton injured an opponent in the ring after which the man died. Broughton’s Rules were used until 1838 when the London Prize Ring Rules were developed by the Pugilistic Society.
“Mr John Broughton, Champion Prizefighter of England, Died Jan 8th 1789, Aged 86 years”
The gravestone inscription at Westminster Abbey.
He died in January 1789, aged 86, at Walcot Place in Lambeth. Many references have been made that state Broughton is buried at Lambeth Church.

However BBC London visited Westminster Abbey where he was a Yeoman of the Guard and found that he is buried in the West Cloister along with his wife Elizabeth.

 

 

 

The origins of the Lonsdale Belt, the oldest championship belt in boxing

imageThe Lonsdale  Belt is the oldest championship belt in boxing and its origins started in London back in 1909. The belt is named after Lord Lonsdale who was patron of the National Sporting Club. The Earl of Lonsdale was a keen boxing fan who supported boxing for many years.
It was originally presented to the champion in each British weight division and the holder could keep the belt if it was won and then defended two times. The belt was first won by Freddie Welsh in 1909 for winning the British lightweight title. Heavyweight Henry Cooper was the first person to win three Lonsdale Belts outright in his seventeen year professional career.
The belt is still won today and awarded by the British Boxing Board of Control although to keep it you must win and defend it three times. The belt is crafted from gold and porcelain and is therefore very expensive to produce.
Billy Wells “Bombardier” Billy Wells from London’s East End was the first British Heavyweight to win the Lonsdale Belt back in 1911 where he defeated Ian Hague with a knockout in the sixth round.

The original belt won by Billy Wells
He defended the title thirteen times, a record that stood for many years, before losing against Joe Beckett in February 1919. The Lonsdale Belt that he won was the original heavyweight belt and is crafted from 22 carat gold unlike later belts.
BBC London have managed to track down this historic belt and we can exclusively reveal that the Belt is kept at The Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, South East London. The belt however is not on display to the general public.

Fighter Profiles – Sean ‘Razor’ McFarlane

Name: Sean McFarlane

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Fight Name: Razor

Hometown: Warrington

Height:  5ft 7

Weight:  88kg

Age: 34

Occupation: Traffic management foreman

BKB History:  N/A

Boxing Record: 5-1

Interesting facts:  I’m a Liverpool season ticket holder happy married man with two boys one girl and a baby on the way 3 weeks after my fight date

Fighter Profiles – Jon ‘Chopper’ Stone

Name: Jon Stone

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Fight Name: Chopper

Home Town: Manchester

Height: 5ft 9”

Weight: 120kg

Age: 35

Occupation: Care worker & Debt Collector

BKB Record: 0-3

]Boxing Record: 1-1-1

MMA: 2-1-6
BKB History: In BKB for UBBAD I have fought three off the best fighters we have!! Craig Amer, Nathen JDogg and Billy Hawthorn, they all taught me a lesson in how hard Bare Knuckle Boxing is and made me hungry for more!!! I respect and am greatfull to all of these fighters.

Interesting Fact: I am ranked number 56 in UK and Ireland for MMA and I collect care bears!!! I love Peanut Butter and Chicken and UBBAD!

Joe Brown by Richy Horsley


I have taken out the questions to let Joe do the talking.

“When I bought BBAD and took over the company I could see a sleeping giant and renamed it UBBAD. My background is business and I could see that the fighters were not happy about their pay, the lies and the conditions that were attached to bare knuckle boxing. First I had to gain the trust of the fighters and pay them fairly. What I said I would give them they got every penny. They then knew I wasn’t full of false promises.

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I had a vision for the best to fight the best on the biggest stage ever seen in bare knuckle and for them to be looked after medically. I approached a top medic called Bill Ellis, who then became our head medic and that’s how we introduced medical staff to the bare knuckle world.


The fighters could see my vision and quickly came on board. My first show alone was a 500 sell out in a five star hotel in Bradford. The sport had never seen anything like this before and while people were jumping for joy and saying they can’t believe what they had just witnessed, I was telling them ‘this is just the start’ trust me on that.


I learned a hard lesson when I took some fighters to America and got stitched up. The lads were matched with pro boxers and the venue was a spit and sawdust place at best. I had been taken to a big casino and even met the owner and was told that was where the show would be held. I know now that it is 100% not allowed in America and a felony. We were all taken aback by this but soon found out who is honest and who isn’t. I then closed up shop and said from that day I’ll only do shows on my own because I will have control and the fighters won’t get stitched up. We have grown from show to show and are currently being filmed by channel 4 and are in advanced talks with a major sports channel, in fact the biggest in the world. Like me, they now see the vision in bare knuckle boxing and are blown away by what they have seen.

 


We have also brought in pay per view for the fans that can’t get to the shows and have done four pay per view shows to date. The last show at Newcastle was viewed live in 42 different countries.
UBBAD grows daily and in truth I always knew it would if it was run with honesty and class, and of course having the best fighters in the world signed to us helps.


Our shows are fully legal and we get a full license for each and every show. I would never hold a bare knuckle boxing show that is not passed legally because I always say there is no point going backwards we must always go forward. The growth has been amazing, the fans are passionate and the fighters are of the highest quality.


We have World titles, Commonwealth titles, UK titles, Atlantic titles to name a few and the interest from all over the world has been amazing.


Bare knuckle boxing is a great sport that’s going forward and is going to be massive. There are a lot of new faces and some old ones. Many say they are old school with manners and class but I have only met a few that actually live up to it.


I have brought in Jim Dove, Amanda and Shaun Smith (The Debt Collector, Channel 4) as shareholders of Ubbad and it’s what I would call a dream team. We get on great and none of us have an ego and we all want the same thing for bkb (bare knuckle boxing).


This is only the start of Ubbad Promotions Ltd. We have massive TV interest and big companies are now in contact with Shaun Smith and me for sponsoring. The fighters and the sport will benefit from this. I want the fighters to be well paid and again that will happen now the big companies are in talks with us.


Many have helped behind the scenes like Neal Salvage, Stevie Oren and Stu Armstrong and not had one penny for it. There is a lot of hard work by many and not just by me.


I’ll like to say a personal thank you to Scott Oldham and Gavin Swinscoe for they work tirelessly behind the scenes and get little mention.


There is a new breed in bare knuckle boxing now and it’s more professional and classy. I hope the days of car park fighting and pub gardens are gone. We at Ubbad look after our fighters and will continue to do so. No fighter will be treated as a fool they will be treated with respect like celebrities because that is what they are in my eyes.”

 


Well said Joe.

(Photo Joe Brown and his top fighter Micheal ‘ The Real Deal ‘ Ferry)

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Fighter Profiles – Craig Amer

Name: Craig Amer

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Fight Name: The Hammer

Home Town: Dover

Height: 5ft 9”

Weight: 95kg

Age: 37

Occupation: Gas Main replacements

BKB Record: 3-0-1

Boxing Record: 22-1

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Professional MMA: 8-2

Titles: 5 x British Kick Boxing Champion, 3 x British Boxing Champion, MMA Extreme Brawl Champion

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: I F**cking hate wispas

 

Fighter Profiles – John Hawthorn

Name: John Hawthorn

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Fight Name: The Hitman

Home Town: Newcastle

Height: 5ft 6”

Weight: 58kg

Age: 20

BKB Record: 1-0

Boxing Record: Fought White Collar

Other Combat Sports: N/A

Who have you fought in BKB and what were the results: Win over Anth Ross

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorns brother

Fighter Profiles – Billy Hawthorn

Name: Billy Hawthorn

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Fight Name: Bang Bang

Home Town: Newcastle

Height: 5ft 7”

Weight: Heavyweight

Age: 23

Occupation: Fighter

BKB Record: 4-0-0

Boxing Record: FCC Heavyweight Champion

Other Combat Sports: N/A

Who have you fought in BKB and what were the results: Clifford Grey (1st round KO) Paul Bunney (2nd Round Stoppage) Paul Knight (1st Round KO) Chopper Stone (1st Round Knockout)

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: Can’t do an interview with Stu Armstrong without us both cracking up laughing

 

Fighter Profiles – Sean George

Name: Sean George

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Fight Name: The Outlaw

Home Town: Abertillery (Wales)

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Weight: 72/76 kg

Age: 32

Occupation: Machine Operator

BKB Record: 1-0-1

Boxing Record: N/A

Other Combat Sports: Mauy Thai, MMA, K1

Who have you fought in BKB and what were the results: Reese Gallon (W) Bradley Harris (L)

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: “I am pretty much a quiet guy with a heart of gold, I enjoy fitness, training, running, swimming and spending time with my family as they are the most important people to me, especially my daughter Ayla Grace George. I don’t go out, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs I just enjoy this lovely thing called life”

 

Fighter Profiles – Chris Wheeldon

Name: Chris Wheeldon

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Fight Name: The Scalp Snatcher

Home Town: Warrington

Height: 5ft 9”

Age: 33

Occupation: Carer

BKB Record: 0-1

Boxing Record: N/A

Other Combat Sports: N/A

Who have you fought in BKB and what were the results: Loss to Dale ‘Pitking’ Jones

Funny or Interesting Fact about yourself: Couldn’t think of any, I am a dull ****

 

Sponsorship Opportunities Available now

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But where? How? Lets face it not many adverts stand out in this day and age do they? So heres your chance to become involved in sponsorship in the fastest growing, most exciting sport in the world BKB!

But not only that, we are talking advertising with UBBAD!

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UBBAD are the biggest, most exciting and by far the best promotional organisation in the sport, with regular TV shows, dedicated websites and even a radio show you are being offered the chance of what advertisers call ‘Pure Gold’, and what is that pure gold i hear you ask? Well the chance to become involved with sponsorship of UBBAD Promotions and there fighters.

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Want to know more? Then contact Tony Maddox NOW as there are limited sponsorship opportunities available, tmaddoxpromo@gmail.com

Lightweight Rankings September 2015 – World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council

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The Lightweight Top Ten are proving to be a hotbed of talent topped by ex commonwealth champion Kev Bennett then at number 2 and 3 Brad Harris and Sean George, two newcomers which huge hearts and fighting experience. Expect some great things to come from this division as we see more and more lighweights coming into BKB across all promotions.

1. Kev Bennett

2. Brad Harris

3. Sean George

4. Mikie Barlow

5. Rudie Kelson

6. Michael ‘Mad Dog’ Ord

7. Josh Foreman

8. Tom Lax

9. Tony Crawford

10. Jan Jurko

Middleweight Rankings – September 2015

Still at the number one spot is Dave ‘The Beast’ Radford who is the UBBAD Middleweight Champion, also this month we see a rise in ranking for both Evans and Sweeney and new entries by Price and Coker in what is arguably the most exciting weight division in BKB right now.

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  1. Dave ‘The Beast’ Radford
  2. Christian Evans
  3. Jimmy ‘ The Celtic Warrior ‘ Sweeney
  4. Scott ‘ Pretty-Boy ‘ Midgley
  5. Ross ‘The Problem’ chittock
  6. Leon ‘The Iron Lion’ Coker
  7. Andrew ‘Death Wish’ Price
  8. Seth “The Bangor Hammer’ Jones
  9. Donald ‘The Highlander’  McPhee
  10. Billy the bossman burton

 

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World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council – Heavyweight Rankings

The World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council (wbkbc.com) today released the rankings for the Heavyweight Division in the ever growing Heavyweight division of World Bare Knuckle Boxing.

The number one and two spots remain unchanged with the the UBBAD British Heavyweight Champion Michael Ferry quite rightly so keeping his number one spot after a crushing victory in Nottingham earlier this month over the USA’s Corey Williams seen him also take the Heavyweight Transatlantic Strap.

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Joining him and still at the number two spot is Billy Hawthorn, who like Ferry remains unbeaten in BKB after a very quick first round win over Chopper on the undercard to the Ferry Williams fight.

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A newcomer to the ranks at the number six spot is Adam Downie, who made an amazing debut earlier this month and picked up a convincing win over the powerful and previously unbeaten in BKB Nathan JDogg.

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Rankings for the other divisions will be available very soon from the World Bare Knuckle Boxing Council, including the match anticipated Middleweight rankings.

For more information of the sanctioning body for BKB Worldwide please visit www.wbkbc.com

1. Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry

2. Billy ‘Bang Bang’ Hawthorn

3. Decca Heggie

4. Craig Amer

5. Steven ‘The Killer’ Miller

6. Adam Downie

7. Nathen JDogg

8. Clifford ‘Romeny Rye’ Grey

9. Paul Knight

10. Tony ‘The Leicester Bulldog’ Goward

 

Dave Radford vs Craig Amer

Hot of the press this morning we see two huge fights for the UBBAD November 7th card, The Champ Michael Ferry has been confirmed as talking on ‘Steven ‘The Killer’ Miller who seems to be back from retirement from BKB and turned his back on the Pro’s.

The second fight that has been announced is certainly another huge one, BKB Legend Dave ‘The Beast’ Radford will take on Craig ‘The Hammer’ Amer.

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Dave who is the current UBBAD British Middleweight Champion and Craig Amer who fought against Michael Ferry for the UBBAD British Heavyweight title are both ones to watch with huge experience behind them.

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Tickets are available to order online from Monday at www.bbadtv.com/tickets

 

UBBAD Battle Royale BKB Results

John “The Hater” Slater Vs Tom Lax (Winner Round 1)

Jay Ferguson (Winner Round 2) Vs Glenn Moore

Andrew “Death Wish” Price (Winner Round 1) Vs Nathan “Too Smooth” Woodward

Billy “Bang Bang” Hawthorn (Winner Round 1) Vs Jon “Chopper” Stone

Sean George Vs Bradley Harris (Winner by decision)

Nathen JDogg Vs Adam Downie (Winner Round 2)

Ross Chittock Vs Christian Evans (Winner Round 2)

Jay Strickson Memorial Title

Jimmy “The Celtic Warrior” Sweeney (Winner Round 2) Vs Jon “The Smasher” Stuart

Scottish Title

Donald “The Highlander” McPhee (Winner Round 4) Vs Billy “Bossman” Burton

Middleweight Transatlantic Title / BKF Association World Title Scott “Pretty Boy” Midgley Vs Billy Martin (Round 2)

Main Event – UK Vs USA Transatlantic Heavyweight Title

Mike “The Real Deal” Ferry (Winner Round 2) Vs Corey Williams

England vs Wales the first national BKB Championships

UBBAD have announced that they will be promoting the first ever national BKB championship between England and Wales on 17th October in Gwent, South Wales.

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Team Wales is captained by Christian Evans and Team Wales by Andrew ‘Death Wish Price’ who will take each other on as the main event.

Team England Captain Price was quoted as saying

“It’s a great honour to be chosen not only to represent my country but also to lead the team into battle against Team Wales, the Welsh have a very strong team and I am looking forward to going toe to toe with their team captain Christian Evans. I can promise BKB fans that they will see something very special at this show as we have some amazing bouts that will be announced over coming days”

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Secure online ticket portal coming soon

At UBBAD we want to give the very best show, the very best of value and the very best experience first time, every time.

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With this in mind coming very soon you will be able to securely order tickets for UBBAD shows online direct from the UBBAD TV Website.

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Just one more improvement on the road to becoming mainstream.

 

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#UBBADTV

 

James ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory vs Dave ‘The Beast’ Radford – Full Fight Footage Fights 1, 2 and 3

The First fight was war, the second made history, the third and final fight was armageddon

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The First Fight

The Second Fight

The Third Fight

UBBAD TV Massive Success

Since BBAD TV went live 11th June 2015 we have had just under 20,000 from 59 countries around the world!!

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USA, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Chilli, Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Egypt, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Eire, Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Greece, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Hungry, Austria, Poland, Chez Republic, Moldova,Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand.

Over the last 4 weeks alone we have had 13,107   views

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And it just the last week 5270 views with the most popular country being Russia

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So there it is folks yet MORE proof the UBBAD BKB is now Mainstream!

Tim Hague Knocked out

So, this is the fight that Tim Hague took in Russia after running away from Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry after loosing his courage, dignity and any kid of fan base he had.

Just look at at how slow he is, can you imagine what Ferry would have done to him? KO in under 10 seconds? Easy.

He never was a match for UBBAD’s People’s Champion Michael ‘The Real Deal’ Ferry, but looking at this i can see just why Hague ran away tail between his legs.

More fantastic work from photographer and friend of UBBAD Paul Alexander Knox.

More fantastic work from photographer and friend of UBBAD Paul Alexander Knox.

Click here to see his amazing work from UBBAD Ferry’s Fists of Fury

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All the lads fighting are welcome to use these for their Facebook pages – but please do not crop them or remove copyright notice.

If you want prints, or would like to use any of the images for any other purpose than private social media pages please contact contact Paul direct via email.

 

Huge thank you to Ben Armstrong

Everyone involved with UBBAD TV wants to say thanks to Ben Armstrong for all of the given yesterday in setting up UBBAD ‘Ferry’s Fits of Fury’ at Newcastle yesterday.

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Ben came along with his Dad, Stu Armstrong to help out for the afternoon but sadly due to his age had to leave prior to the show, but this lad worked hard all day helping everyone with anything an everything to make sure that the show would go without hitch.