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Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough

There is something very Georgian and 18th Century about this but I suppose it qualifies as entrepreneurialism of sorts:

The final punch lands, exploding the fighter’s nose into the braying crowd, and the broken, unseeing, bare-knuckle boxer submits. The winner lifts his bleeding hands in celebration, knowing the victory won by his fists will line his pockets.

Welcome to the boxing underworld of bare-knuckle fighting, where the exhausted victor can hobble away with as much as £50,000 in cash.

Tax-free cash as well I should think.

These brutal confrontations have long been outlawed. But even now in country lanes, fields, barns and warehouses, grown men are pitting themselves against each other to settle old scores – and earn big money – at the risk of appalling injuries.

A reaction to the ‘risk aversion’ culture, perhaps?

Organisers say the police rarely break up a fight – it’s easier to let the contest finish naturally than risk a riot.

Also they might get the crap beaten out of them.

Ricky English, an unlicensed promoter, has signed up hundreds of fighters in the three years since he started in the fight promotion game. It is big business – he is organising fights up and down the country, charging spectators up to £50 a head.

“This is for the novices,” he said. “Fighters won’t go amateur any more. They’re sick of all the rules, the standing counts and the tap, tap, tapping. They want to have a fight and earn money. And they’re earning money.”

So is he trying to tell us that overregulation has spawned a thriving ‘underground’ industry?

“It’s great fun. I had one fighter with a glass eye who’d take it out before a fight. Crowds just love it,” said Rocky Rowe, who promoted unlicensed fights for many years. “It’s a bit like karaoke.”

Surely it cannot be that painful?

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12 comments to Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough

  • James

    I especially like the “But even now…grown men are pitting themselves…” reference, as if only silly teenage boys would (or should) do this sort of thing.

    Don’t you just love that effortless condescension.


  • ernest young

    Good grief, we have more respect for chickens.

    Does ‘hard enough’, mean ‘stupid enough’? and there’s me thinking that was a question asked of the local ‘ladies’.

    Nice to see how the Boys in Blue only enforce the laws when they can do it easily and without too much trouble. They don’t have too much of a problem in raiding the occasional cock fight, perhaps they feel they have more in common with our feathered friends..!

  • The first rule of Fight Club has been broken.

  • James

    ..as has the second rule.


  • Kevin:

    Exactly what I was thinking 🙂

  • dj_bigbird

    Surely it cannot be that painful?
    Yes. Trust me on this 🙂

  • Mark

    You could always contact this mob and do it for free.

  • Or maybe the coppers think that Darwin’s Invisible Hand will work soon enough without their intervention.

    Or just that it’s hard, even inthe UK’s nanny state, to imagine that these idiots are more worthy of law enforcement attention that REAL crimes -of which you apparently have plenty.

  • David Gillies

    I fail to see how two guys voluntarily knocking seven bells out of other is anything that violates their status as sovereign individuals, or what it has to do with The Filth.

  • MacBeth

    Anyone here see the movie “Snatch”?

  • dan

    where do these fights take place and when, how do people get involveD?

  • Mark

    I am interested in watching and perhaps fighting, where would i find out more?

    where do they take place, roughly?

    are there any rules at all?