The owner of the biggest licensed bare knuckle boxing brand in the UK ‘BKB’ has condemned plans for an event based in Bristol.
The event, organised by Scott Bishop of Fight ‘N’ Fit boxing club, is slated to go ahead in early 2019 despite opposition from BKB.
“We have worked hard on legitimising our sport in the eyes of the public,” said BKB owner James Newman.
“We have insurance, matched fighter rankings and medical professionals on hand at every event.”
Mr Newman went on to claim there was a dispute with the Bristol event attempting to use their officially trademarked BKB imprint in order to gain traction, a move that Newman believes to be “damaging” to his brand.
Speaking to Bower News, the man behind the prospective Bristol event, Scott Bishop of Fight ‘N’ Fit boxing club, simply said: “If other big cities like London and Liverpool can do this, then we want Bristol to as well.”
Mr Bishop did not respond to those claims.
The spotlight on underground nature of unlicensed fighting as a whole has divided opinion on the sport as whole.
“It’s dangerous and violent,” claimed Gary an ex-boxer turned amateur boxing coach and promoter based in Avonmouth.
“What we do at our boxing gym is promote self-defence and sportsmanship.”
While boxing originally grew out of the bare knuckle ‘pugilism’, the introduction of gloves and universally recognised rules implemented by commissions has led to a stark contrast in the opinion of the two sports.
Luke Broadbent, an amateur boxer and enthusiast of all deviations of the sport, spoke in favour of the sport, saying: “It’s all about respect, people forget that. These fighters know what they’re getting into, if they’ve voluntarily entered the ring then that’s their choice, they respect that and so should we.”
Medical professional James Andrew said: “Strictly speaking, aside from the increased damaged to a fighters wrists and knuckles, the sport itself is no more dangerous than being punched in boxing or MMA.
“What sets it apart are the commissioning bodies regulating these sports with participant’s safety paramount.”