The BKB, or, Bare Knuckle Boxing made its world debut exclusively in Direct TV pay per view. This is what went down:
Chris Traietti 191.7 lbs vs Larry Hopkins 195.8 lbs
-5 round cruiser weight-
Starting off the action, Hopkins landed a clean combination. However once Traietti got in the flow, he began landing rights to the body at will. The first fight in BKB would end awkwardly, as both guys leaned into each other and clashed heads. After the clash, Hopkins went down and wouldn’t get up. The ref counted him out and Traietti won by KO. The result was confusing. Going off traditional boxing rules, you would think that Hopkins being unable to continue tue to an illegal maneuver would mean that you would go to the score cards. Either way, Traietti won.
Farkhad Sharipov 140 lbs vs Matt Doherty 139.7 lbs
-5 rounds welterweight -
The fight began very sloppy as both guys missed way more than they landed, but Sharipov did cause a cut above Doherty’s eye. Sharipov walked away with rounds 2, 3 and 4 with much more accurate punches. Late in the final round, Sharipov staggered Doherty with a big left hook but couldn’t finish him off. Sharipov got the first official BKB unanimous decision of the night.
Mike Jackson 164.7 lbs vs Louis Webster 173 lbs
-5 round middleweight-
Jackson started off jabbing his way through the first round. The first knockout of BKB came from a beautiful left hook from Webster. Even though Jackson made it to his feet the ref called it off. Webster won by 2nd round KO.
Brandon Chagnon 172.3 lbs vs Jesse Orta 172.7 lbs
-5 round light heavyweight-
Right away these two went at war! After some heavy exchanges, Orta went down. Determined, Orta got a standing eight count, got mad and really took it out on Chagnon. Chagnon was cut from an uppercut and then finished him off by a vicious attack from Orta. The ref felt he had taken enough and Orta won by TKO.
Eddie Caminero 153 lbs vs Marteze Logan 151.1 lbs
-5 round middleweight-
It may not have been intensional but Caminero hit Logan below the belt, and the ref never saw it and Logan never fully recovered. Caminero laid on the pressure and forced Logan onto the edge of the pit several times. The ref stopped it and awarded Caminero with the TKO victory.
Chris Russell 143.2 lbs vs Bryan Abraham 142.4 lbs
-7 round welterweight-
The first round was a feeler round but then Abraham put a blast on the chin of Russell, who stood up and fell back out. To my surprise he somehow beat the count but the ref called it off. Russell won by TKO.
Julian Pollard 252.8 lbs vs Randy Smith 252 lbs.
-5 round Heavyweight-
First thing I noticed about the 39 year old Smith was that he was not in great shape. So it wasn’t much of a shock when Pollard made quick work of him and knocked him out in the second round.
Teneal Goyco 169.1 vs Jason Naugler 168.4
-7 round light heavyweight-
Talk about an all action fight! Naugler went down almost immediately but returned to his feet and traded shots with Goyco all of the first round. The third round looked like something out of a Rocky movie. Naugler dropped his hands and growled at Goyco as if to say, “Hit me!” And Goyco obliged, knocking his mouth piece out. He wouldn’t be asking again as Goyco landed a huge left that laid him out on his feet and the ref stopped it.
Jason Gavern 246.2 lbs vs Willie Perryman 232 lbs
-10 rounds heavyweight -
Both guys got off to a slow start but in the second that all changed. Gavern landed a stiff straight right hand that put Perryman on his backside. Perryman should have stayed down, as he would had avoided more punishment. Gavern would end Perryman’s suffering in the sixth round with a straight followed by a short left hook on the chin. Perryman went down awkwardly and wouldn’t attempt to beat the count. Gavern won by KO.
Eric Fowler 134.5 lbs vs Carl Mcnickles 136 lbs
-7 round lightweight-
This fight got off to a fast and furious start and ended as quickly as it began. Fowler caught Mcnickles with a left that put him out cold on his feet, then landed 2 more punches for good measure. It was definitely an exciting main event fight and I could see why they saved Fowler for last.
The first BKB was entertaining. It did have some sloppy boxing in spots but still offered high excitement from the heavy hands and the knockouts. Traditional boxing will never be taken over by BKB but this is a much more entertaining option than the UFC, atleast in my humble opinion. Will the BKB be successful? Well that’s still in the air but I can say, I wouldn’t mind seeing more.