Emerging from the Wilderness
Ten years ago today, the National Police Gazette was reborn. The greatest American magazine in history had run for 132 years, from 1845 to 1977, but suspended publication with the January 1977 issue. It entered a wilderness period of 30 years before emerging again on April 8, 2007, as PoliceGazette.US under proprietor William A. Mays. Since then, we’ve been busy with many things. But no matter what we’re up to, the one … Continue reading
Ceremony Will Be July 8th in Belfast, New York.
ORIGINAL BARE KNUCKLE INDUCTEES
Must have fought completely bare fisted sometime in their career; no wraps:
Uriah “Hughie” Burton, Boxer (King of the Gypsies late 1950s-early 1970s; known as ‘Big Just’); Undefeated Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Ted Daley, Boxer; Living Inductee, Undefeated Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion.
Billy Edwards, Boxer; 1868-1872, Lightweight Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion of the World.
Bartley Gorman V, … Continue reading
History Channel Series Is a Smash Hit!
The season-2 premiere this past Tuesday of Hunting Hitler gathered an audience of nearly 1.5 million viewers, beating the Tuesday numbers of both Conan and The Daily Show, and in the same time slot beating Spike TV’s Ink Master, Comedy Central’s Tosh.O, and Investigation Discovery’s Married With Secrets, while practically tying USA’s Shooter and HGTV’s House Hunters. Outside of cable, the show even virtually tied Fox’s Scream Queens. So the … Continue reading
World bare-knuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn will do part of his training for his upcoming title defense in the barn where John L. Sullivan trained for the last great bare-knuckle boxing championship in 1889. Sullivan won the Police Gazette World Champion Belt by defeating Jake Kilrain, and—as gloved boxing would become legal three years later—it would be the last time this belt would be fought for until now. A Police Gazette-authorized bare-knuckle boxing world champion belt will … Continue reading
Another Event Already Planned for January.
In an interview on former UFC champion BJ Penn’s popular podcast, bare-knuckle boxing world champion Bobby Gunn confirmed he will fight his first official title defense on November 26th. The location will be announced within two weeks by the venue—a major casino—but it is signed, sealed, and delivered. Gunn said British multi-millionaire Alfie Best has even secured a $10,000,000 insurance policy to cover the event.
Gunn also confirmed to … Continue reading
A Donald Trump Postmortem.
My name’s Steven Westlake. I’m the current publisher of the National Police Gazette, one of the most legendary and influential magazines in history. We’re becoming, once again, the official journal of bare-knuckle boxing; I’m working closely with Bobby Gunn and his colleagues, and I’ve met your colleague Stayton Bonner. But that’s not why I’m writing.
Like you, I’ve been following the Trump campaign very closely and have enjoyed your coverage. … Continue reading
Was Ali Given the Police Gazette Champion Belt in 1974?
In recent years when sports figures won the big event they’d proclaim “I’m going to Disneyland!” When Muhammad Ali beat George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” on October 30, 1974, to regain the world heavyweight championship, he must have said “I’m going to the Police Gazette!” Because right after his victory he sat down for an exclusive interview and photo shoot with Police Gazette bigs, … Continue reading
Boat Named for Police Gazette Publisher Is Adrift Near Scotland
If Found, Will Be Displayed by Ripley’s
The boat that ocean rower Stein Hoff had attempted to row across the Atlantic has been drifting since August 6th, when a violent storm destroyed all of Stein’s oars, rudder, and sea anchor. The freighter Ludolf Oldendorff rescued Stein, but they were not able to fetch his boat.
Stein had been attempting to duplicate the feat of fellow … Continue reading
For the past couple of months the internet rumor mill has been concocting a narrative that posits a return to the ring for Mike Tyson. But not in the way you might think. In the ring though he may be, this story has him not lacing up the gloves. He’d be going bare knuckle against Police Gazette-authorized world bare knuckle champion Bobby Gunn.
One would be wise to dismiss the assertions as fantasy, if there weren’t some … Continue reading
British businessmen Alfie Best and Terry Sabini have decided to go all in on a push to make bare-knuckle boxing (BKB) the next international sensation in combat sports. The plan is to work with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships (BKF) here in the United States and then quickly expand to the United Kingdom and Russia.
Best, worth an estimated $300 million, has been nicknamed the “world’s richest Gypsy”—a reference to his Gypsy Traveller heritage. He’s been in the … Continue reading
After a touch & go first half beset by frequent wind, current, and wave difficulties, Police Gazette-sponsored ocean rower Stein Hoff is safely past the halfway point on his trip from New York to England. Stein finally caught a significant stretch of favorable conditions and zoomed past the halfway longitude of -40.152° on July 21st. Having left New York on May 15th, it took him 68 days to hit the halfway mark. But all expectations are the … Continue reading
On July 9th, the National Police Gazette was formally inducted into the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame as the first and only publication from the original era. The impact the Police Gazette and its publisher Richard K. Fox had on the sport of boxing as a whole, and bare knuckle boxing in particular, cannot be overstated.
Pictured below is the Gazette‘s BKBHOF trophy, accepted by current publisher Steven Westlake. During his acceptance speech, Westlake said “If … Continue reading
First Major BKB Event Is August 20th in South Florida.
Police Gazette, Kimbo Slice, Danny Batchelder Inducted.
A packed house attended today’s Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Belfast, NY. The National Police Gazette was among this year’s inductees, and is the only publication to be inducted under the “original” category rather than “honorary” since—as with so many things—the Police Gazette started it all.
Also inducted were current American BKB champ … Continue reading
Oldest Ocean Rower Passes One Third Mark
Moves Past Site of Early Tragic Attempt
Police Gazette sponsee Stein Hoff has made it safely beyond the one third distance mark on his solo row from New York to England. The Police Gazette was the sole sponsor of the first successful people ever to row across an ocean when we partnered with George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen for their 1896 voyage. They named their boat the “Fox” … Continue reading
This special souvenir issue recalls some of the Gazette‘s original BKB coverage from the 1880s, as it segues into today’s BKB championship scene. It contains 16 packed pages, the same as the original Police Gazette. All pages are glossy, in full color. And it’s oversized at 11 inches wide.
Inside you’ll find John L. Sullivan, famed John L. Sullivan trainer William Muldoon, Jake Kilrain, the Police Gazette Diamond Heavyweight Champion belt, a complete reprint of the Gazette‘s … Continue reading
Today’s report from Atlantic Ocean rower Stein Hoff, who, at 70, hopes to become the oldest ever to row across an ocean—following in the path of the first ever to do so:
Day 23, Monday 6th June. On this day, 120 years ago, Georg Harbo, 30, and “Frank” (Gabriel) Samuelsen, 26, started their row towards Europe. Their boat was an 18.5-foot open fishing boat—a dory—similar to the boats they used when fishing and clamming off Sandy Hook. … Continue reading
Police Gazette-sponsored ocean rower Stein Hoff continues his journey across the Atlantic. At 70, he hopes to be the oldest ever to row an ocean. Here’s his report from last night: “7th day. At sea anchor last 2 hours as wind increased from SE and it started raining. Started rowing 5 am. After a while I stopped for breakfast, noticing a current against me… I managed a total of 7.5 hours actual rowing, not much farther east, … Continue reading
A report comes in this evening that Police Gazette-sponsored ocean rower Stein Hoff was thrown overboard by a large wave. He is back on-board and safe, but there was some minor damage and soaking. He reports that a “wave hit from starboard side, suddenly the boat is on its side and I in the water… The next hour I spent soaking wet securing items on deck better while getting the sea anchor ready and got it out … Continue reading