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Organisers of bare-knuckle boxing insist the fights are above board and legal, although it remains unregulated because there is no licensing body currently in place.
However, I can compete in (both) bare-knuckle boxing and MMA -- this is a new growing sport with big names on the card so it gives me a chance to be part of something," added James, who works as a network engineer at Astra Games, Bridgend.
Back in December, Breeze told me the defection to bare-knuckle boxing was driven by boredom and a need for cash.
And medical research has suggested bare-knuckle boxing may be less dangerous than its gloved counterpart.
Brad Their blossoming friendship leads them to indulge in a bizarre car park scrap, and before long they establish an illegal, bare-knuckle boxing club.
Popular sports of the day were often bloody: bear- or badger-baiting, cockfighting and, of course, bare-knuckle boxing.
SNATCH (Tuesday, 5*, 10pm) A STOLEN diamond sparks a series of interlinked stories that bring together a whole host of undesirables, gangsters, thieves and criminals, delving into the murky world of bare-knuckle boxing along the way.
After a family funeral, former bare-knuckle boxing champion Doherty attacked his brother Douglas McDonagh in The Melrose pub in Shotton.
The rusted-out soul of steel-town America and the ghosts of 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to "The Deer Hunter" with bare-knuckle boxing substituted for Russian roulette.
A sampling includes: masculinity in bare-knuckle boxing in the US, how African American athletes travel abroad to seek a better deal, the role of sport and cultural diplomacy in high-profile tours to Australia of Japanese swimming stars Katsuo Takaishi and Takahiro Saito in 1926 and 1927, race and athletic acumen, and media representations of trash talking between sprinters Maurice Greene and Michael Johnson.
Finally, we have an intriguing historical mismatch: the love affair between the Romantic poets, including Lord Byron, and the bruising, if noble 'art' of bare-knuckle boxing.
More than 150 years ago the town was the centre of the bare-knuckle boxing world when William Perry - the Tipton Slasher - was English champion.