-BKB Champ Bobby Gunn Will Run Facility.
-BKBHOF President Scott Burt Donates the Land.
-Fund-raising Campaign to be Launched.
Brand new, state-of-the-art as well as old-school training facilities for boxers will be built in Belfast, New York, according to a joint statement issued yesterday by bare-knuckle boxing world champion Bobby Gunn, Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame president Scott Burt, and Hall of Fame vice president in charge of training facility Joe Curcio. … Continue reading
Police Gazette and BKBHOF bare-knuckle world champion Bobby Gunn faced the great Roy Jones Jr for the WBF cruiserweight world championship on Friday and fans were treated to a clinic by the two old pros. After the fight, Bobby told us his strategy was to bring the 48-year-old Jones deep into the 12-round schedule and then unleash a torrent once the former four-time champ began to tire. It was not to be, however, as Jones spent the … 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
World bare-knuckle champion Bobby Gunn will fight the legendary Roy Jones Jr for the WBF cruiserweight world championship on February 17th. Gunn holds the Police Gazette-authorized world bare knuckle boxing championship belt, but is strapping on the gloves for this chance to regain a gloved championship versus an all-time great. The event takes place at Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, and will feature an undercard that includes undefeated super-welterweight title holder Kanat Islam versus … Continue reading
Glitch Delays Major BKB Event.
Promoter Hopeful for Date in December.
Back when the National Police Gazette was promoting bare-knuckle boxing events, the sport was illegal and Gazette publishers risked arrest for engaging in the activity. Check the “This Date in Police Gazette History” being posted to our Facebook page tomorrow—November 23rd—and you will read a news report about Gazette owner Richard K. Fox and sporting editor William E. Harding being arrested for doing just … 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
Rolling Stone magazine published a brand-new interview with boxing champion Tyson Fury online today in which writer Stayton Bonner catches the champ directly in the middle of a first-step crisis. As a result, the interview is more disturbing than revealing.
For those unfamiliar, a first-step experience is that moment when one comes to the deep realization that they are in gravely serious trouble and there’s nothing they can do about it on their own. The … 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
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 … Continue reading
It started three days ago with a bombshell confession by American BKB referee Paul Tyler in which he claims Joe Brown of England’s UBBAD offered him money to send American boxers to England to throw fights and to come to England himself and publicly denounce BKB champ Bobby Gunn and BKF founder Dave Feldman.
Then yesterday, Bobby Gunn issued a challenge to UBBAD fighter James McCrory, claiming McCrory had been insulting him regularly … Continue reading
American bare-knuckle-boxing referee Paul Tyler posted a video today leveling serious accusations against Joe Brown, the head of English BKB organization UBBAD. Tyler claims Brown contacted him recently and asked if Tyler thought he could get American BKB fighters Dan Biddle, Matt Cerro and others to come to England and throw fights for money. Biddle had previously beaten UBBAD fighter James McCrory by referee stoppage after severe cuts opened over McCrory’s eye. Tyler claims Brown … 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
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
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
Introducing the official bare knuckle rules to ensure fighter safety as a top priority, as well as fair play and sportsmanship.
Bare Knuckle Boxing is a stand-up fight, where the contestants use their fists only. There will be no kicking, kneeing, elbows, wrestling, throw downs, biting, or eye gouging. Fights under our rules will be contested in bare knuckles only, with protective wrapping allowed only on the lower hand and wrist areas. Fights will be contested in … Continue reading
An online article criticizing Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships, the organization behind next month’s bare-knuckle-championship event taking place in Florida, has elicited a reaction from BKFC. The organization’s official response says the article written by Chris Stokel-Walker of Newcastle, England, “made multiple false and misleading statements” and contained “misinformed and inaccurate reporting” regarding the event originally scheduled for June 11th.
In its response, BKFC indicates one possible motive for Stokel-Walker’s attack, telling the writer “you sing the praises … Continue reading