Two Weight Bare Knuckle Title Fight scheduled for July in Manchester

I have said this before and will say it again, the sign of true warrior, a true fitting man, is when the best want to fight only the best and that is just what will be happening on next show at Manchester’s BEC Arena in July when once again Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing return for a Professional are Knuckle show of epic proportions!

July 6th will see the newly crowned UBKB British Welterweight Champion, John Spencer go toe to toe with Light Welterweight Champion Joseph ‘Mad Joe’ Clark

This is a real Battle of the Belts as we see John Spencer take on Joseph Samuel Clarke with both of them putting their hard fought for titles on the line making the winner a two weight UBKB Bare Knuckle Champion

One man will walk away with the Welterweight and Light Welterweight strap’s while the other will lose it all!

Big respect to these two fighters who are meeting on the edge of each weight class to enable what I believe will be a fight of epic proportions

Tickets out now from both fighters or online at www.ubkb.uk

BREXIT may not be on the 29th but never fear UBKB is set to impress on the 30th!

Forget the BREXIT blues, the UK Government may not stick to its word, t may not be happening on the 29th but UBKB stick to their word and will make good on their promise the following day be giving you the very best in legal, professional Bare Knuckle Boxing at Manchesters BEC Arena.

Ringside tickets are already sold out, but never fear as limited VIP, and Seated tickets are still available, but be quick!

Order you tickets now online from www.ubkb.uk priced at only £50 for VIP and £35 for seated.

THIS IS’NT JUST BARE KNUCKLE BOXING…….THIS IS ULTIMATE BARE KNUCKLE BOXING!

UBKB HEAVYWEIGHT BARE KNUCKLE CHAMP, GARETH ‘GUMPY’ WALKER FEATURE INTERVIEW WITH STU ARMSTRONG

Who would have thought a Heavyweight Bare Knuckle Boxing Champion could be such a genuine nice guy, well as I packed my passport and headed out through the snow up onto the winding A68 leading from the North East of England over the border at the Carter Barr, to the Scottish Borders a warmer welcome couldn’t have been bestowed on me as I walked through the doors of Hawick Boxing Club.

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As I make my way inside find the champ already warming up on a computerised exercise bike before what I can only call a brutal training session before we had a chat on Camera, and as always it was great to see ‘Gumpys’ trainer again, Andrew Macfarlane.  I was even sent home with gifts in the shape of a Hawick Boxing Club Mug and Tracksuit.

Mack sure to check out a great feature interview below (which will go live at 6pm 3-2-19) and don’t forget you can see the man himself back in action on March 3th £ the UBKB Bare Knuckle Boxing show at the BEC Arena, Manchester! Tickets out now from all fighters, or online at  www.ubkb.uk

OLD SCHOOL BARE KNUCKLE FAVOURITE TO MAKE AN EXPLOSIVE COMEBACK ON MARCH 30th

For anyone that’s followed the sport of Bare Knuckle Boxing for some time then this is a man that needs no introduction, one of the originals from back in the day from the start of modern day BKB, ‘The Problem’, Ross Chittock is making a comeback on March 30th at the BEC Arena in Manchester and Fireworks are expected.

Oxford based Chittock will be making the trip North to Manchester after joining UBKB as an official fighter. Always one that didn’t want an easy fight Ross is going straight back in at the deep end, and not for a warm-up fight either as he takes a big man, with big fists and a big heart and a lot of skill in the form of UBKB’s Andy Roberts.

This is just one of a whole host of exciting fights that re set to take place on march 30th at the huge UBKB Bare Knuckle Boxing show.

Tickets are on sale now priced as below and available from all fighters or online at www.ubkb.uk

Seated £35 – VIP £50  –  £Ringside £70

ULTIMATE BARE KNUCKLE BOXING SET TO RETURN TO MANCHESTER & THE SHOW IS SHAPING UP ALREADY INTO WHAT WILL BE AN EPIC NIGHT

Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing, better known as UBKB re set to one more return to the BEC Arena in Manchester drawing fans of the sport from not just all over the UK but many from around the world. March 30th is the day and what better way to get over the BREXIT disappointment that will no doubt sweep the country on the 29th March deadline!

A number of fight matchups have been announced so far and every single one set to be a thriller with true 50/50 fights!

Tickets are available now from all fighters, or online at www.ubkb.uk  priced at am incredible prices  as below!

Seated £35. –  VIP £50. –  Ringside £70

These are just a few or the exciting Bare Knuckle Warrior matchups with more being released anytime now!

 

   

 

Star of ‘Back Yard Fights’ and ‘Street Beefs’ Mighty Mouse left out in the cold on November 9th WBKFF show

Star of ‘Back Yard Fights’ and ‘Street Beefs’ Mighty Mouse, who made his name fighting Bare Knuckle in the USA and now has over 500k YouTube subscribers on the ‘Street Beefs’ Channel with just one of his fights alone getting over 14 Million views!

But along with friend and fellow fighter that goes under the name of ‘Sponge Bob; have been left out in the cold by WBKFF in the USA, he has told me today, after signing not one, but two contracts after his first opponent pulled out.

Mighty Mouse, with a large amount of fights under his belt, is following in the footsteps of the lates Kimbo Slice with a huge online following worldwide

Se below for one of his more tame fights as he takes on ‘Scarface’, this time with the gloves on. Look out very soon for an UK exclusive interview from Stu Armstrong Media with Mighty Mouse himself

North Shields Tattoo Studio offer £10 Tattoo’s all day this coming Saturday with all money raised on the day donated to help a young boy with a Brian Tumour and a serious Neurological Condition

North Shields Tattoo Studio offer £10 Tattoo’s all day this coming Saturday with all money raised on the day donated to help a young boy with a Brian Tumour and a serious Neurological Condition

Axe and Anchor Tattoo Studio in North Shields is offering Tattoo’s for £10 all day on Saturday 25thAugust, to raise funds for a young boy named Owen who tragically has a Brain Tumour and a serious Neurological condition and is in dire need of Physiotherapy and Sensory Equipment.

In addition to the funds raised from the £10 inking sessions at Axe and Anchor they are also running a raffle with an array of fantastic prizes donated by local business’s

Tattoo Artist and owner of Axe and Anchor Tattoo Studio, Dan Ridgewell was quoted as saying We are looking forward to Saturday and we’re seeing a good response to this so far. We are really hoping to be inundated with customers looking to get their £10 tattoos” he went to point out that the whole reason for the £10 tattoo date is to raise much needed charitable funds “Please remember that we are doing this for charity. For a little boy that needs sensory and physio equipment. So be mindful that we need to get as many people tattooed and make as much money for little Owen as possible. Asking for stuff that’s going to take longer is a little bit selfish guys. Read the offer please, that’s what we’re offering any more than that will cost more because we only have 8 hours to tattoo everyone that turns up to donate” 

Tattoo Artist and Proprietor of Axe and Anchor, Dan Ridgewell

If you can’t make it to Axe and Anchor on Saturday then don’t worry you can still join in and help be making a donation on the crowd funding page that has been setup for own, which can be found by clicking hereor pasting the URL below into your browser.

Axe and Anchor can be found at, 18 Prudhoe Street, North Shields, Tyne and Wear,NE29 6RA with the doors opening on what is expected to be an exhausting but successful day at 10am

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE SHOP.

Prizes so far include:
A £100 tattoo voucher, a £50 tattoo voucher.
A lovely meat hamper delivered to your door! From Micky Mags at Rothbury family butchers. A £300 voucher from Chris Ratcliffe for plastering,or building work, a months membership at Marden amateur boxing club and two 1 to 1 boxing lessons with Dean Preston Two 1 to 1 boxing lessons with Sean Fineran
Diaries of a doorman volumes 1 and 2 from Stu Armstrong
Tickets are £1 a strip, with Every penny we make is going to little Owen

The £10 Tattoo offer constitutes: Up to three 2cm high word’s in a row in the popular Cantaneo font

Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxer attracts huge media attention worldwide!

Little over a week ago something very special happened in Manchester, as 2000 who were in attendance will tell you as the converged on Bowlers Exhibition Centre for a huge evening of professional Bare Knuckle Boxing form Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing aka UBKB ran by ‘The Debt Collector’ Shaun Smith and wife Amanda.

As seen on the trending Netflix series Bare Knuckle Fight Club, C4, Channel 5 and Spike TV, UBKB goes from strength to strength with some of the very best Bare Knuckle Fights ever fought.

The press were only to pleased to pick up the story and over the last week UBKB have featured in The Daily Mirror, The Sun, Metro, The New York Post, World News and many many more, as well as North East Bare Knuckle Fighter Luke Nevin, and Executive Media Manager, Stu Armstrong being invited into the BBC to talk about Bare Knuckle Boxing

Check out some of the links below for the amazing press and media attention over the last week.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/boxing/inside-world-bare-knuckle-boxing-13035330

https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/05/gruesome-pictures-highlight-brutal-reality-bare-knuckle-boxing-uk-7800772/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/6985715/bare-knuckle-boxing-shocking-photos/

https://foto.gettyimages.com/sports/combat-sports/brutal-photos-of-bare-knuckle-boxing-in-britain/

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/nypost.com/2018/08/07/the-brutal-world-of-bare-knuckle-boxing/slide-1/amp/

http://www.theflashpress.com/gruesome-pictures-highlight-the-brutal-reality-of-bare-knuckle-boxing-in-the-uk/

Netflix smash hit series ‘Bare Knuckle Fight Club’ comes to Manchester LIVE with UBKB! This is your chance to see real Bare Knuckle Boxing live!

August 4thwill see fight fans from all over the UK and beyond converge on Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester for the biggest Bare Knuckle Boxing event ever staged with a packed fight card featuring many of the stars of ‘Bare Knuckle Fight Club’ and of course boss and referee, ‘The Debt Collector’ Shaun Smith.

If you loved it on TV then this is real treat not to be missed, an it’s your chance to go to ‘The Real Bare Knuckle Fight club’ at the show of professional Bare Knuckle Boxing from UBKB!

Tickets are available now price at £35 seated, £50 VIP and if you want to get up close to the action we have a limited number of ringside tickets priced at only £70!

Don’t delay or you may miss out order now by clicking the link to contact Amanda Smith, Anna Foremanor Stu Armstrong.

This is your chance to step into the REAL ‘Bare Knuckle Fight Club, as featured on Netflix

Interview with Luke Nevin as he he talks Bare Knuckle Boxing, UBKB and his debut on August 4th against Jay Eggleston

Luke Nevin talks with Stu Armstrong about his up and coming Bare Knuckle Boxing Debut against Jay Eggleston of August 4th for UBKB, why he wanted to get into BJB and why with UBKB as well as commenting just how good the safety and medical standards are at UBKB. He also talks D-Day and his up and coming title defence against taking on Robert Barry.

Geordie Chasers – North East based Paedophile Hunters launch new website and child online safety resources – www.geordiechasers.co.uk

Geordie Chasers are a North East based online child protection team, their main goal is to deter groomers from talking to our children online by having a presence monitoring sites known to us to have children being approached by adults most of the time looking for sex and sexual activity.

By talking to Geordie Chasers decoys that’s potentially real children not been targeted by these online sexual predators, once we have all the evidence we approach the predator and film it for evidence then hand them over to the police for them to do their investigations.

The launch of the new website www.geordiechasers.co.uk marks a milestone I this small, and totally voluntary group. The website has been carefully planned over a period of time to not just share videos of these vile Nonce’s, but to also help parents to keep their child safe with some excellent content this really is a hub of information that all parents should take time to read.

We all know the word Paedophile, but I am quite show that a great many people don’t actually know much about them, what to look for and crucially how to identify a Paedophile which very sadly these days seem to come in an array of different guise.

They have put together a fantastic article on‘How to Identify a Paedophile’ and I know that I as a parent myself found some if actually shocking but very revealing and the way the world is today I would implore all parents to make sure that they read this article, this could be one piece of reading that may well stop your child becoming a victim of these vile creatures. Click here to read now, of copy the hyperlink below into your browser

https://www.geordiechasers.co.uk/how-to-identify-a-paedophile

So, just who are these unsung heroes, ‘The Geordie Chasers’,and why do they keep their identity’s hidden, and not for any sinister reasons, but to protect their own safety of possible reprisals from those that they have exposed and helped to convict. Nor they walk about in capes with underwear over their clothes, superhero style. These are a group of normal everyday hard working men and women who give their time, and a lot of it to trying to keep our children safe.

And, I know this first hand. Geordie Chasers contacted me some weeks ago due to my background as a former Doorman and asked if I could help them on a sting as security. They didn’t just say ‘Come on then Stu lets go” we talked a lot about it over a couple weeks to make sure that I understood what they wanted me to do, and that was to keep them safe, and to keep the mark safe. When they first said to keep the potential Nonce safe I thought to myself ‘Why in the world would I want to protect or keep safe a beast’, and the more we talked this is actually essential to get a conviction. If for example a passer-by to sting see’s what’s going on and they attack the Nonce then there is a very good chance that they cannot be convicted.

Now I am not debating the rights and wrongs of this and I would never want to keep a Paedophile Safe, but I want what we all want, and that to have them taken off the streets and locked up.

Equally it’s to keep team safe as well and if required to take down and physically restrain the Paedophile making sure not to cross a line and stay within the realms of what is deemed reasonable force.

I wasn’t sure what I expected as I met the team in a non-descript fast food outlet, in a no district little town in the North East, but what I encountered that night were two run of the mill, just normal people, but doing an extra ordinary thing to keep children safe.

The amount of time and work that goes into a sting is phenomenal, they don’t just rock up for ten minutes to meet a paedophile, film him get him arrestted and job done, far from it. From hours on end acting as a decoy which must be vile sickening work, to preparing evidence and then often sitting into the early hours at a police station after the arrest.

What struck me a lot the night I went on a sting was they had with them ready typed completed statements in the correct and official format ready to hand to law enforcement, and a CD with all of the evidence ready to hand over to the police.

It was a successful sting that I joined the team to assist them with, and the thing that will stay with me forever is what the Paedophile said as he was handcuffed and being led into a police car “Well it’s her fault, it’s an 18-year-old and over website, so she shouldn’t have been on it in the first place” as if to justify he sick and depraved actions!

I would ask that everyone, no matter if they are parents or not please check out the website, you never know the knowledge that you gain by reading some of the excellent resources held here maybe, one day could save a child from the most disgusting and vile of crimes. Once you have checked out the site then please could you ALL share the website on all of your social media pages so not only can this fantastic resource be shared, but it also raises awareness of just what a dangerous world we bring our children up in these days.

A big thanks to the Geordie Chasers for allowing me to help on a real sting, it’s certainly increased my awareness and knowledge of this sickening and vile subject, and of course I am sure to be helping them them out again at some point in the future.

Your support is much needed by Geordie Chases, so please check the website www.geordiechasers.co.uk and list them on Social Media.

Lets keep our children safe!!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/geordiechaser

Twitter: @geordiechaser

Instagram: @geordiechaser

Copyright Stu Armstrong Media 2018©

 

 

You’ve seen it on Netflix, now see it in real life! Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing August 4th Manchester!!

You have seen it on ‘Bare Knuckle Fight Club’ on Netflix, now come and watch live as Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing present an evening of professional Bare Knuckle Boxing from Manchesters huge Bowlers Exhibition Centre!

This without doubt be the most exciting show you have ever see and you will be guaranteed a warm welcome from team #ubkb

Tickets start at just £35!!

Book yours now by clicking here to contact Amanda Smith

 

Stu Armstrong joins ‘UK’s Scariest Debt Collector’ Shaun Smiths Bare Knuckle Boxing UBKB

Stu Armstrong has joined the team at Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing aka UBKB, which is taking the UK by storm with its sell out legal Bare Knuckle Boxing shows and its critically acclaimed three part documentary ‘Bare Knuckle Fight Club’ on Netflix.

Ran by old friends of Armstrong’s ‘UK’s Scariest Debt Collector’ from ‘The Vice’ fame, Shaun Smith and his Wife Amanda, he will join the team as Executive Media Manager. Stu was quoted as saying “Whats not to like? Working with two friends in the premier promotion of Bare Knuckle Boxing worldwide, it doesn’t get better than that”

 

Bare Knuckle Fight Club from ‘Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing’ #UBKB Smash Hit on Netflix

UBKB – Bare Knuckle Fight Club – Three Part Documentary now available on Netflix

 

Bare Knuckle Fight Club – A close up behind the scenes look at Bare Knuckle Boxing from UBKB

 

Follow ‘UK Scariest Debt Collector ‘Shaun Smith and wife Amanda as they take Bare Knuckle to the to masses with UBKB in this three part gritty documentary available now on Netflix

“Griping”  – The Telegraph

“Engrossing” – The Guardian

“Five Stars” – The Radio Times

“Five Stars” – The Mail on Sunday

 

 

 

The Safety of BKB in a modern age

Introduction

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the safety aspects within the sport of Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB), compassions can be drawn between BKB and any other combat sport, for the purposes of this paper the comparison is made against Gloved boxing which a direct descendant of BKB.

The Author

Stu Armstrong is a writer and a fan of both Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB) and gloved boxing, I am not by any means an expert in either discipline and am certainly not a medical expert nor do I claim to be.

What is set out in this paper are my observations based of facts established throughout my research. My sources of information will be listed in the bibliography at the end of these paper.

Why write this paper?

Over the last few years Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB) has emerged from the shadows and is becoming one of the fasted growing sports in the UK, but still many people seem to see some kind of stigma about BKB and very often I hear people objecting and belittling the sport on the grounds of satey.

I travel the length and breadth of the country to follow the sport of BKB, much of which is now carried out in rings by two fighters that have very often trained in the same manor or harder than a top flight professional boxer and I am more than happy to be quoted and to go on record as saying the medical care and attention is second to none, equalling and often bettering that of a professional boxing show. Long gone are the days of having a first aider, or a spotty teenager from St Johns ambulance sitting at the side of the ring, BKB uses qualified paramedics, qualified doctors and very often will have a private ambulance on standby just in case.

So what about the actual safety of the sport of BKB, this is something that is very often undermined from those that now nothing about it and often from those in the world of professional boxing but if you look at any academic or medical study that has ever been published a lot of people will be very shocked to find out that Bare Knuckle Boxing is actually safer, yes safer than gloved boxing.

The Safety of BKB in a modern age

Men doubtless belabouring each other with their fists back in East Africa when homo more or less sapiens emerged as a force to be reckoned with. The first evidence of boxing as a sport dates from around 1500BC in Crete. The Greeks introduced it into the Olympic Games in the 7th century BC, later combining it with wrestling, and it became an established part of military training in ancient Greece. Initially, soft leather thongs were used to protect the knuckles. Hardened leather later transformed this protection into an offensive weapon – albeit not as offensive as the metal-studded version with which wealthy Greeks and Romans obliged their specially trained slaves to fight, often to the death.  Bare-knuckle fights were the norm in Britain from the first recorded fight in 1681, between a servant of the Duke of Albemarle and a butcher. There were initially no rules even hitting an opponent when he was down was permitted. That changed in the mid-18th century, when Jack Broughton, the reigning champion, drew up some basic regulations. The regulations were first revised in 1839, but then dramatically changed in 1867 with the Queensberry rules. Boxing, both professional and amateur, is nowadays tightly controlled but can still be a dangerous sport, in particular in regard to brain injuries.

Pugilistic Dementia

We have all met an old boxer who’s speech is slurred and has memory problems and I suppose its easy to scoff and call him ‘Punch Drunk’ but this is a very serious and permanent condition which is called Pugilistic Dementia and put simplistically this is caused by blows to the head resulting in the brain rattling and moving inside the skull. Some may scoff but this is a very serious neurological condition, and oddly enough is often also seen in alcoholics, caused by repeated cerebral concussions and characterised by weakness in the lower limbs, unsteadiness, slowness of muscular movements, hand tremors, hesitancy of speech, loss of memory and mental dullness, this effects around 20% of professional boxers and can be the causes of debilitating Parkinson’s disease, as can be seen with perhaps the greatest boxer of all time Muhamad Ali.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the questions is? ‘What can we do to make the sport of boxing safer?’ – The answer? ‘Get rid of the gloves’

 

The Marquis of Queensbury Rules’ (1867)

Boxing as most people know it is governed using something called ‘The Marquis of Queensbury Rules’ and these set of rules from a more than a century ago categorically state that a boxer must wear gloves. Now what is the reason for this?

Yes, on first hearing this due to the fact that a boxing glove is basically a glorified pad that covers a fist I can forgive you for thinking ‘of course, it’s for safety’ but I can tell you that you are wrong, as crazy as it may seem. Let me explain to you why, and present the facts which will I guarantee change your views on not only the safety of Bare Knuckle Boxing but also of gloved boxing.

Gloves were introduced to make competitions bloodier and briefer. Gloves distribute a blow, and they also add weight to a punch, making it more destructive, The Marquis’s of Queensberry rules took off not because society viewed the new sport as more civilized than the old, but because fights conducted under the new guidelines attracted more spectators and the reason for this?

Audiences wanted to see repeated blows to the head and dramatic knockouts and that just what they got after the introduction of gloves. By contrast, the last bare-knuckle heavyweight contest in the US in 1897 dragged on into the 75th round. Since gloves spread the impact of a blow, the recipient of a punch is less likely to have their teeth knocked out or their jaw broken but is more likely to be knocked out. The reason for this? Contry to what a lot of people think, gloves do not lessen the force applied to the brain as it rattles inside the skull from a heavy blow. In fact, they make matters worse by adding at least 10oz to the weight of the fist and spreading the blow over a larger area, so in essence a blow to the head with gloves is distributing a harder more forceful blow across a larger area of the skull which converts into increased velocity of force to the brain and actually rattling it into the inside of the skull. A full-force punch to the head is comparable to being hit with a 12lb padded wooden mallet travelling at 20mph and I don’t care who you are, you know that a blow of such magnitude will not do your brain any good at all.

As the bare-knuckle campaigner Dr Alan J Ryan pointed out: “In 100 years of bare-knuckle fighting in the United States, which terminated around 1897 with a John L Sullivan heavyweight championship fight, there wasn’t a single ring fatality.” Today, there are three or four every year in the US, and around 15 per cent of professional fighters suffer some form of permanent brain damage during their career.

 Everyone knows that all forms of boxing, be it Gloved or BKB can be dangerous and nobody is denying this, after all Boxing is a combat sport after all, but has boxing always been this dangerous? The answer is arguably no. Ancient boxing was indeed far more brutal with fighters wearing crude coverings on their hands, sometimes with spikes embedded in the knuckle area, to protect the hands and maximize potential damage to the head and body of the other fighter.

The London Prize Ring Rules (1743) It wasn’t until the 18th century in England with the introduction of bare knuckle fighting or “prize fighting” that the safety of boxing from the fighter’s point of view was really addressed. The London Prize Ring Rules (1743) were introduced by bare knuckle heavyweight champion Jack Broughton and gave the fighter two clear safety advantages over their ancient and modern counterparts. Firstly, each fighter was allowed at any time during the fight to drop to one knee for 30 seconds. During this time the other fighter was not allowed to attack and the resting fighter was allowed to regain composure and continue, if he could. Today the referee is the only person that can stop a bout and only then if he feels that the fight is unfairly matched or one fighter is unable to continue due to injury or cuts, or if one fighter cannot defend himself.

 

As we have seen this can often result in fighters taking too much punishment before the ref steps in and by then the damage can already be done. Secondly and most significantly, the fighters wore no gloves which meant that they were far more cautious when going for head shots due to the damage that it did to the hands. Today’s modern game has more in common with its ancient ancestors in this regard as gloves now facilitate multiple head shots and the scoring system used also favours head shots. Looking at these facts it is hard to justify the set-up of modern boxing when talking about safety of the fighters. Would a return to bare knuckle boxing see a reduction in injuries or a reduction in ticket and pay per view revenue? This is possibly where the real issues lie in the modern game and not with the safety of the sport of BKB.

WHEN a young amateur or a journeyman pro is killed in the ring, as half a dozen are in an average year worldwide, there is not much fuss. But whenever a boxer dies after a world championship fight, or is seriously injured, the sport’s rule-making bodies come under intense public pressure to make the self-styled “noble art of self-defence” less lethal. It happened, for instance, when Benny Paret, a Cuban welterweight, died in 1962 after being battered in a televised title fight in New York.

It happened again in 1980 when Johnny Owen, a Welsh bantamweight, died in Los Angeles after fighting for a version of that world championship. And it happened once more this week when America’s Gerald McClellan lay critically ill in a London hospital where he had a blood clot removed from his brain after being knocked out by Britain’s Nigel Benn in a televised fight for a slice of the world super-middleweight title. Although boxing is cursed by an alphabet-soup of competing regulatory boards, most of the changes that have been broadly accepted in an effort to appease the sport’s critics make sense.

The duration of world title fights has been cut from 15 to 12 rounds. There are mandatory suspensions for boxers who have suffered knock-outs or technical knock-out. Boxers are subjected to comprehensive medical examinations and to test for narcotics. Referees are now much more willing to stop fights to save out-classed contestants from further punishment than they used to be in the bad old days of “Homicide Hank” Armstrong, “Gorilla” Jones and the “Astoria Assassin”. But one change seen by some as making the sport more safe has made it more dangerous: ever-plumper boxing gloves. Heavy gloves (as opposed to mere mitts) were first worn in a world heavyweight championship fight in 1892, since then the regulation gloves have got heavier and heavier until today middleweights and above, not only wear 10-ounce (283-gram) gloves but are also permitted to have each hand wrapped in up to 18 feet (5.5 metres) of bandages held in place by 9 to 11 feet of zinc-oxide tape.

This padding helps the hitter and hurts the hittee. Since the bones in a man’s head are stronger than the bones in a man’s fists, a bare-knuckle fighter risks damaging himself more than his opponent if he hits as hard as he can when he aims punches at the head. Unless he has unusually brittle hands, a boxer whose fists are protected by cushions has no such inhibitions. He can hit to the head with full force without much risk of injuring his hands — and so add to the number of boxers who end up on the slab or with pugilistic dementia.

 

This can be compared with the illustration above and shows that the secondary impact of the brain hitting the inside of the skull causes the brain trauma, the bigger the projectile the bigger the primary impact and the bigger and more severe the secondary impact. When one relates the projectile as the fist, either gloved or ungloved this makes it very easy to see that an ungloved fist, or projectile, is smaller and size then that of a gloved fist or projectile. In most other respects prize-fighting in the 19th century under the old Broughton rules was far more brutal than today’s professional boxing. Nobody sensible wants a return to the days when pugilists fought to the finish in brawls that sometime lasted for hours. But a return to bare knuckles, or even mitts, would make the sport far safer than it is with boxing gloves.

 Summary

To summarise, Nicholas Hobbs (Sports Historian) states that gloves were introduced for two main reasons:

  • To shorten the bouts
  • The audience wanted to see repeated blows to the head and dramatic knockouts

And also stated of Bare Knuckle Boxing, or boxing without gloves or padded hand protection:

  • The reason bare-knuckled boxers took a stance that looks silly to us now is that they were mainly protecting their bodies. The head was not a primary target, since a worthwhile punch to the skull would probably break the puncher’s hand. Not so once gloves were introduced
  1. Gloves distribute the force of a punch more widely, reducing the instances of broken jaws, knocked out teeth and blindness. (Apparently, slamming one’s opponent’s head is sometimes worth the broken hand.) But they also add 10 ounces to each swing making a full on punch “comparable to being hit with a 12lb padded wooden mallet travelling at 20mph
  2. With gloves the pain of clobbering a skull significantly reduced, the head has become a primary target. Before, boxing was messier and perhaps more voyeuristically violent. But now it’s deadly
  3. So according bare knuckle boxing may look “more violent”, and it may prevent fighters from always being able to throw their full weight behind a punch, and at times prevents fighters from targeting each other’s heads as much and gloved boxing encourages more headshots and yes maybe it ‘appears’ to be less violent violent” but very often causes extensive brain damage, and in general each blow is felt more powerfully and spread-out than before.

So I ask you in all honesty, does BKB deserve the stigma that it seems to have in the UK? My opinion is no.

Whilst this paper many seem to suggest that I am against gloved boxing personally that is not the case, I merely wish to highlight the fact that Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB) that is stigmatized and is seen by some as inherently dangerous is by far safer than the mainstream sport of gloved boxing.

Bare Knuckle Boxing may break more hands but it breaks fewer heads!

Bibliography

Nicholas Hobbs (Sports Historian) The Independent (UK) 2007

The History of BKB (Website)

The Economist Newspaper Ltd 1995

Wikapedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia_pugilistica

McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine 2002

The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable | 2006

Sport matters: sociological studies of sport, violence, and civilization, Routledge, 1999.

experimentalphysiology.gr

Brain Injury Resource Centre

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Bare Knuckle Legend and star of the movie Knuckle comes Newcastle for ‘An Evening With’

Coming soon to Newcastle / Gateshead is Bare Knuckle Boxing Legend, Author and star of the movie Knuckle, James Quinn

Stu Armstrong and Steve Wraith will present ‘An Evening with James Quinn’ where you will have the chance to ‘meet and greet’ snap a selfie or two and listen to the countless strories  from the horses mouth, as James will tell of his life as a one of the most legendary Bare Knuckle fighters of all time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uniquely witty and brutally honest, this is a must for any fan of the Bare Knuckle,  or indeed  boxing.

Dates and venue will announced soon at www.stuarmstrong.com www.newcastlelegends.com and on social media

OUT NOW! ‘The Diaries of a Doorman Volume 4 – Bouncers and Bravado’

‘The Diaries of a Doorman 4 – Doorman & Divas’ is the fourth and final book in Stu Armstrong’s highly successful ‘The Diaries of a Doorman Series of books.

 

Click here now to order from Amazon

once again Armstrong is back with his unique and humorous writing style as he recalls more tales of his life as a Bouncer. Gritty, Truthful, Funny, Sad, Tragic and Bizarre stories are recounted by Armstrong that will have you gripping the edge of your seat one minute and fall of it laughing the next, as a Doorman for over 20 years Stu has seen a lot, maybe too Much! The Diaries of a Doorman series includes: The Diaries of Doorman Volume 1 – Doorman & Divas The Diaries of a Doorman Volume 2 – Bouncers & Bravado The Diaries of a Doorman Volume 3 – Bouncing in the Sun

‘BOXER’ the latest book by Stu Armstrong OUT NOW!! With foreword by former Word Champion Glenn McCrory

The much anticipated new book by Diaries of a Doorman author, Stu Armstrong is available now from Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format.

Click here now to order the Paperback!

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‘BOXER’ is set in the world of Unlicensed Boxing in the North East of England, and features a foreword by former Cruiserweight  champion of the world, Glenn McCrory.

As featured in the Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun. Click here to read the article CLICK TO ORDER NOW!!

Stu Armstrong is the author of a number of other books, including the smash hit ‘Diaries of a Doorman’ series of books. Click here to visit Stu Armstrong’s Author profile with links to other titles

BOXER is the story ‘Micky Tyson’, Christened ‘Michael’ by his father after his hero ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

Micky the oldest of four children takes it harder than the others when his father, an unlicensed boxer, who had what it took to turn pro but never did, was killed tragically by a hit and run driver when Micky was only Ten years old. We pick up the story when Micky turns fifteen, still struggling to cope with the loss of his Dad, by accident stumbles across his father’s old boxing gym, that he visited many times up until his Dads untimely death.

Will Micky have the courage to face his demons and ghosts and enter the gym? Will he follow his father into pugilism? Will Micky come face to face to killer of his beloved farther?

This is BOXER, this is Micky Tyson’s storey over a ten-year period, set in a very real and gritty backdrop of unlicensed boxing in the working class North East of England.

‘BOXER’ that latest book from Stu Armstrong hits the press

‘BOXER’ that latest book from Stu Armstrong hits the press

The latest book from author Stu Armstrong, with foreword by fomer Cruiserweight Champion of the world, Glenn McCory, is set for release this saturday has hit the press this weekend with a fantastic article in the weeks Sunday Sun.

Click here or use the url below to view the full article. http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/new-book-set-north-east-13664815

Stu Armstrong Media pleased to work with Clash of the Vikings!

Stu Armstrong Media is pleased to add another top boxing promotion to its client list, the HUGE Clash of the Vickings promotions by old friend of Stu Armstrong, the crazy MC Brian Houshby.

The next Clash of the Vikings show promises to be jaw dropping with an amzing fight card including gloved and Bare Knuckle Boxing to be held at The Point Nightclub in Sunderland on August Bank Holiday Sunday 27th August

Click here NOW for tickets!

This is how is went down the last time Brian and Stu worked together!

 

 

Former Cruiserweight Champion of the Word & TV Boxing Punditt and Personality, Glenn McCrory to write foreword for the lastest book by Stu Armstrong ‘BOXER’

Click here to pre-order now from Amazon!

BOXER is the story ‘Micky Tyson’, Christened ‘Michael’ by his father after his hero ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

Micky the oldest of four children takes it harder than the others when his father, an unlicensed boxer, who had what it took to turn pro but never did, was killed tragically by a hit and run driver when Micky was only Ten years old. We pick up the story when Micky turns fifteen, still struggling to cope with the loss of his Dad, by accident stumbles across his father’s old boxing gym, that he visited many times up until his Dads untimely death.

Will Micky have the courage to face his demons and ghosts and enter the gym? Will he follow his father into pugilism?
Will Micky come face to face to killer of his beloved farther?

This is BOXER, this is Micky Tyson’s storey over a ten-year period, set in a very real and gritty backdrop of unlicensed boxing in the working class North East of England, out September 30th in Paperback and Kindle from the author of ‘The Diaries of a Doorman’ series of books Stu Armstrong

With foreword by former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World, TV Boxing Pundit & Personality the North Easts very Glenn McCrory!

Who better is there there to give an insight about the boxing scene in the North East of England, than a man from the area, that not only took part, but conquered the world! Big thanks to Glenn for agreeing to contribute to ‘BOXER’

Click here for Stu Armstrong’s Author profile including links to Stu’s books that are avaiable to order now in Paperback and Kindle format direct from Amazon!

Climbing Mountains is now out! The Debut album from Pridez has dropped, here’s how to order!

Pridez the artist behind the amazing ‘Unstoppable’ , Unstoppable Part 2′ and many other top tracks that have went viral online has now realeased his debut alabum ‘Climb any mountain’

See below for the link’s to the album digital release. Also a limited number of Hard copy CD’s avaiable via paypal and sent direct to door!

Pridez | Format: MP3 Download (Links below)

Amazon Link: http://amzn.eu/9h5MEA5

ITunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/climbing-mountains/id1272022560

HARDCOPIES: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9MAUZX4MCUWRQ

Tanner Fights Spinal Cord Tumor – Please Read!

This is something that I don’t generally do as there are so many causes out there on social media in this day and age that its hard to choose which to support but this is something that I feel I must share. Tanner is the brother of a very good friend of mine over in Canada. Not just the general kind of mate you chat with every now and then but a true friend. A friend that been always there to talk to in bad time and who is always pleased for and my family in good times and has since day one supported my work.

I know just how much this family are hurting but still they are all  there doing everything that they can to support Tanner, you couldn’t find a nice family f you tried. So yes I am asking, I am asking every single person to please make a donation to this appeal, it doesn’t mater how small it is everything helps and if you can’t afford to make a small donation then you can still help by just sharing this post. Please click onto the link below for Tanners Go Fund me page.

https://www.gofundme.com/tanner-fights-spinal-cord-tumor

Thank you personally from me, to everyone than van help by making a donation or sharing .

Stu Armstrong

The photo below is Tanner alongside his brother and my very good Chance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanner went for a self funded MRI in August of 2016, brought on by significant nerve pain and coordination loss. At the point the MRI revealed an intramedullary spinal cord tumor. This meant that the tumor was inside of his spinal cord, as opposed to an extramedullary spinal cord tumor, which attaches to the outside of the spinal cord.

The difference is significant as opening up the spinal cord to remove the tumor is extremely risky, especially in the thoracic region where Tanner is afflicted. Upon further examination it was determined that the tumor was very large, spanning 11.5cm from C7 to T7. As his motor function and quality of life degraded rapidly, he decided surgical removal of the tumour was the only logical course of action.

At this point in time Tanner has undergone 2 surgeries (July 12 when half the tumour was removed and July 26 when they successfully removed the rest of he tumor). Tanner is waiting for a referral to the Cross Cancer Clinic as well as an assessment to get into Glenrose Rehabilitation Center. If you know Tanner you will also know that reaching out like this is a last resort.

 

Whatever you are able to give please know that any amount helps to ease the financial burden of Tanner’s battle. THANK YOU for all your prayers and compassion. With kindest regards and appreciation we can’t express how much your support means to us as a family.

Coming soon – Decca Heggie, The Fighter, The Man, The Truth – The Interview by Stu Armstrong Media

In what promises to be a must see / listen interview from Stu Armstrong Media, Bare Knuckle and Gloved fighter Decca ‘The Machine’ Heggie with talk frankly and openly with ‘Stu Armstrong’ about his career to date

This will be broadcast as video on www.youtube.com/totalcombattv and aired on Radio Nova (http://www.novaradio.co.uk) don’t miss this and here the truth!

 

Stu Armstrong to return to Radio with ‘Nova Radio North East

Stu Armstrong is once again bringing his hit radio show ‘The Stu Armstrong Interviews’ back on the s he joins ‘Nova Radio North East’.

The show, as its name would suggest is an interview based show around combat sports, and once again will bring the biggest and best names in combat sports worldwide to the show, and as always my interviews will ‘Always pack a punch’.

If you are involved in combat sports and would like to be a guest on the show then please contact radio@stuarmstrong.com 

Please visit the ‘Nova Radio North East’ website www.novaradio.co.uk for m0re information and don’t forget to clink on the link to download the player and listen live!

This Bank Holiday Monday tune in to FAST FM 87.9 where Stu Armstrong will be LIVE between 5pm & 6pm

FAST FM Newcastle is radio a show that broadcasts live during Ramadan from the Islamic Diversity Centre in Newcastle, Stu Armstrong will be on air LIVE at 5pm this Bank Holiday Monday with Fast FM Host Abu-tayeb Khairdeen.


The Islamic & Diversity Centre was setup in 2002, in an attempt to break down some of the many myths and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, this was done for both non-Muslims and Muslims and they do some amazing work that provides benefit to people of all faiths.

You can find out more about the IDC by visiting the website http://idcnortheast.org or subscribing to the YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/IslamicDiversity or by following onTwitter at https://twitter.com/islam_diversity

Stu Armstrong was quoted as saying “I first met Abu-tayeb two years ago after an introduction from a friend from Radio Northumberland, Paul Green, and went onto Fast FM as a guest, I found out from Any-tayeb just what amazing work the IDC carry out to challenge and break down misconceptions and work to help people of all faith’s.”

“I am looking forward to being a guest on the show again on Monday and hope that I can help to break some misconceptions and barriers down. After the disgusting atrocities of this week in Manchester I am sick and tied of hearing and reading peoples uneducated views on Muslims, so this is something important to me. NOT all Muslims are terrorists, in fact the 99.99% of Muslims are just normal everyday down to each people that are just as disgusted as anyone about the Manchester attacks and I think the people need to remember that.”

 

 

Do you have a Company, Brand or Product that you would like to get known nationally by the UK Public? Then national mainstream TV is the perfect place to screen you ad’s!

Do you have a Company, Brand or Product that you would like to get known nationally by the UK Public? Then national mainstream TV is the perfect place to screen you ad’s!

Then we can help. We are very pleased to announce that we can provide airtime for your video commercial or ad on a major national TV Channel that is available on both Sky TV and Virgin Cable TV.

If you have ever looked into moving your advertising campaign over to mainstream TV then you will know just how expensive this can be, currently I am in the unique position of having a number of slots already secured in the ad breaks of a major televised sporting invite therefore we can keep the prices very low. Interested parties are invited in the first instance to contact ‘Stu Armstrong Media’ via email to media@stuarmstrong.com

LIVE Streaming Service now available from Stu Armstrong Media

FULL HD LIVE STREAM

At Stu Armstrong Media we provide a top quality LIVE Streaming service using state of the art equipment. We specialise in Boxing and other combat sports events but we can cover any event. All of our packages  are bespoke to each client or event allowing you to select only the offerings that you require in order for us to bring you the highest quality at a fraction of the cost of other such providers.

SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION
We can fully integrate your LIVE Stream footage to your social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube bringing HD quality coverage of your event direct to the TV’s, Computers, Tablets and Mobile Phones of your fans.

LIVE COMMENTARY & INTERVIEWS

LIVE commentary from experienced broadcasters and commentators can always add that professional stream, as well as LIVE interviews. We can provide this service along with experianced commentators and interviews as required.

Contact us now more information and a free no obligation quotation for quality LIVE streaming in HD quality, at a fraction of the cost of other such providers.

 

Click here to contact us now or visit to the website for more information www.stuarmstrong.com 

Former MMA Champ, turned Bare Knuckle World Champion Liam ‘Bad Intentions’ James set to prove himself once again, and keep the World Title Strap in North Shields

Last December it seemed that everyone in world of the ever growing sport of BKB was shocked, with the exception that is of myself, Liam ‘bad Intentions’ James and my Son Ben, when he took the Lightweight World Bare Knuckle Title from the seemingly unbeatable Kevin Bennett, and in Kev’s own back yard of Hartlepool.

Fan and Friend of Liam James, my son Ben Armstrong, ecstatic as Liam becomes World Champion

The former champion Cage Fighter, that has fought all over the world as part of the huge Cage Warriors promotion was classed as a massive underdog, after all, “What could a Cage Fighter do with a former commonwealth Champion Pro Boxer that was unbeaten in Bare Knuckle” well that is what most fans, and many other fighters seemed to think.

Everything changed on that cold December night in Hartlepool as ‘Bad Intentions’ (James) climbed into the squared circle on what was only his fourth Bare Knuckle outing, to face the vastly more experienced ‘Bulldog’ (Bennett).

 

Nobody could ever doubt that Bennett was, and still is a class act, many thought in a class of his own, after all they don’t call him ‘Body shot Bennett’ without reason. Bennett was a very talented Professional Boxer before taking the gloves off to fight BKB, beating Michael Muya in November 2003 to become the Lightweight Commonwealth Champion.

Kevin ‘The Bulldog’ Bennett back in his gloved days

Since Kev first entered BKB he has dominated most of his opponents and finished them with crippling shots to the body, from his first Bare Knuckle against talented multi discipline fighter John Spencer, to his last before taking on James against Durham’s Brad Harris (Rematch), but this night was to be different!

Kevin Bennett vs John Spencer

As the bell signaled the start of the first round of un-gloved pugilism, for the World Title Liam James stuck to his game plan and dominated from the off keeping Bennett on the back foot until this fight was stopped by referee Barrington ‘One Eyed Baz’ Patterson on medical advice to a nasty cut to Bennetts Head.

Referee Barrington ‘One Eyes Baz’ Patterson

The room fell silent, was this it, was the fight over was Liam James to be crowned to Lightweight King? The wait seemed to be agonising and felt like it lasted a lifetime when in reality it was only seconds, with the doctor and medic checking out Bennetts cut head, and Liam James stood in a neutral corner with ‘Bad Intentions’ on his face ready to go and get stuck in to fight some more.

The heart stopping moment the referee stopped the fight to take medical advice

On medical advice the referee waved the fight off and a new Bare Knuckle Lightweight Champion of the World was crowned, in the form of Liam James, this was very unpopular in Bennetts own back yard of Hartlepool, and understandably Kev Bennett was gutted, for the want of a better word, immediately asking for a rematch, as the audience started to Boo the new Word Champion.

 

The Medical Officer on duty on the night said of the cut on Bennett “It’s was decided by the ringside doctor to be in a too dangerous location to allow it to continue, to close to the eye, the cut was in his view unsafe to continue and could have caused further injuries and needed medical treatment from the Doctor, not safe for the fighter to continue as he could not see due to blood in his eyes”

 

James agreed for the rematch with Bennett, however he needed a little time out to have surgery to remove a chip of bone in his arm. Surgery and convalescence now complete and what is one of the most eagerly anticipated rematches in the sport in scheduled for April 22nd at Coventry.

Liam who trained under John Kavanagh and was the training partner of ‘The Notorious’ Conner McGregor doesn’t see the fight ending any differently to the first, but a determined Bennett will be determined to reclaim the Word Title strap.

Liam James with friend and former training partner the UFC’s Connor McGreggor

Liam, who is currently in training camp to defend his World Title told me “You can train all your life but nothing can prepare you for standing in front of me. I showed that in December and I’m going to put a stamp on it next week

 

The former Cage Warriors star, James, is also looking to resume his career in Mixed Martial Arts, and is hoping to step back into the cage with Cage Warriors this year. Liam hasn’t fought MMA since mid-2014, at which time he was the ranked number five in the UK and Ireland and had trailed in Las Vegas with the UFC.

Liam James with Cage Warriors

Tickets for the rematch of Liam ‘Bad Intentions’ James and Kevin ‘The Bulldog Bennett’ are available now from Liam who can be contacted via his official Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/bkbbadintentions

Champion of the World

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