It’s been over 100 years since the U.S. hosted a legal bare knuckle boxing match.
Bare knuckle boxing has been a fixture in the U.S. for decades, from movies with clubs we aren’t supposed to talk about to bar fights after your football team loses homecoming. Usually a part of the seedy underbelly side of fights, bare knuckle fighting is making its way to television screens thanks to a new organization Bare Knuckle Fighting Champions (BKFC).
It all goes down on June 2 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The event will feature a number of recognizable names, including former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, former Bellator heavyweight Eric Prindle, and former boxer Paul Spadafora.
The show is also set to include what BKFC has dubbed the “first-ever” women’s bare knuckle match — though the sport’s shadowy history makes this difficult to verify — as former UFC strawweight-turned-flyweight Bec Rawlings takes on boxer Alma Garcia.
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