Although it has been centuries old, boxing fists have fallen out of favor, still in the great shadow of its gloved alternative. However, there is a revival going on and some fighters are chosen to fight for the sport. While hardly a box office figure replaces its gloved, it is an important step in the direction of orthodox consciousness.
The battles were organized and promoted by BKB (Bare Knuckle Boxing), a company run by Jim Freeman and Joe Brown, which is the only licensed company promoting the sport. What BKB is trying to achieve is a change in the image of this sport.
The British Council of Boxing Control (BBBC) has kept their distance related to boxing, but partly due to its perception of boxing’s little brother, but they are also completely under no obligation to do so. BBBC has their own sports to take care of, why care about something else?
No matter how closely related it is. Boxing’s bureaucracy is very confusing, with four or five versions of a world champion for every weight category offering a lot of indoor disturbance.
Another factor is safety. The argument about that is safer, boxing with gloves going down to frequency. A single punch, without gloves, will deal more damage – to the attacker’s hand, as well as the guard’s head – than the punch with a glove. Bare-knuckle boxing, without repetitive and constant screams of head-punching punches, has fewer injuries.
The safety argument will continue, just as wearing pads and helmets in American football has made the sport safer or more dangerous. Certainly the lack of boxing gloves in the bare knuckles (they still wear the strap on their hands) makes the sport seem more rough, even visceral, to the viewer.
The competition to prove masculinity and the strength associated with all combat sports is evident in hand fights, if not so, but there are too many factors that need to be arranged in advance when sports can develop. A large amount of sponsorship, carefully laid out business models, endless promotions and bonafide superstars are all indispensable.
Sports may move in the right direction, but they are only small steps – it has a long way to go. London seems to be leading the way.