Since the first sanctioned professional bareknuckle boxing match to take place in over 122 years occurred this past August 5, there has been much buzz circulating around the fight game about the newly surfaced sport.
The response from fight fans worldwide has been in large favor of bareknuckle fighting, while there still has been quite the large share of non-supporters. One of the main reasons people refuse to give bareknuckle fighting a chance is they claim it is a brutal and barbaric sport.
A common misconception when people hear the term bareknuckle boxing is that they associate it with a bar fight or a back alley brawl between two bums.
Current world heavyweight bareknuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn proved in his August 5 TKO win over Richard Stewart that the fight was in fact scientifically fought between two professionals. Gunn expressed how bareknuckle fighting isn’t about simply throwing wild shots like you see in boxing and MMA, but pick your shots and throw them the right way.
“When you’re doing bare-knuckle boxing, you’ve only got a 3-1/2-inch gap, the eyes, the nose,” said Gunn. “You can’t go below the top lip because if you go to the bottom lip you’ll tear your hand open on his teeth. If you go an inch above the eyebrows, you can shatter your hand on his hard forehead. It’s a very technical sport. That’s what people do not realize.”
Gunn also added that over the years he has seen over 500 bareknuckle fights and has taken part in over 60, and has never seen anyone get seriously injured because of the precautions taken.
“My fight was not only sanctioned, but there were two referees and two doctors ringside,” said Gunn about his world heavyweight bareknuckle title fight. “Neither myself or Stewart got hurt, just a few bumps and bruises that come along with fighting.”
Since 1998 there have been over 70 boxing related deaths and 1 MMA related death.
There is always a risk factor involved when a fighter engages in combat at any level. But bareknuckle fighting has shown that a fighter is less likely to get injured in a bareknuckle fight than he is in a MMA fight or boxing match.
Bareknuckle boxing offers fight fans the excitement they pay for when they watch MMA or boxing. They want to see two warriors at the top of their game battle hand to hand, until one fighter is knocked out or unable to continue.
Bobby Gunn is currently scheduled to take on renowned Irish bareknuckle fighter James Quinn in Iceland in February of next year.