Bobby Gunn to Defend Bare-Knuckle Championship in South Florida Next Month
To avoid conflict with today’s UFC 202 featuring the highly anticipated Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz match, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships (BKF) and the major South Florida casino & hotel where the BKF event will take place have decided to move the event’s date originally scheduled for today.
When it comes off, this event will feature world bare-knuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn defending his Police Gazette-authorized belt against MMA veteran Shannon Ritch. Also on the card will be Danny Batchelder defending his American champion belt.
The National Police Gazette was the last organization to formally sanction and recognize bare-knuckle boxing (BKB) champions back in the 1880s. The sport went underground when gloved boxing became legal in 1892. But recent medical evidence has suggested the bare-knuckle version might actually be safer, with less chance of brain injury. As a result, a wave of new interest in the sport has been emerging.
With legal challenges still to overcome, BKF has been working for years to raise the sport to legitimacy and acceptance. The fruit of that labor, and BKB’s reemergence as a major sport, will happen at the upcoming event in South Florida.
The new date will most likely be in September and will be announced soon.