Marina Del Rey, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2006
Los Angeles, CA PRWEB) March 17, 2006 -- No gloves, no time limits, no cowards; before there was the modern spectacle known as the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) there was the well established tradition of bare-knuckle boxing.
Now with the release of 'REAL BKB: Fights of the Irish Travellers' on DVD viewers can get ringside seats. The rules are simple: no grappling, no hair pulling, and no eye-gouging, just old-school bare-knuckle fighting.
Different than anything most viewers have ever seen before, these men are motivated to win because these bouts are most often times for family honor. In fact, they can be ex-communicated from their own family if they lose. One incredible fight even goes for an astonishing 54 minutes, proving the incredible heart and conditioning of these little known athletes.
Once upon a time in America, the sport of Bare-Knuckle Boxing was once immensely popular and dominated in large part by Irish-Americans. The last bare-knuckle championship fight to happen in America was a 75 round marathon was between two tough Irish-Americans, John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain, on July 8th, 1889 in Richburg, Mississippi. Sullivan, who had dominated the bare-knuckle boxing heavyweight championship for a decade, won this grueling test. He is often considered America's first true sports celebrity.
September 7, 1892 saw the end of the reign of Sullivan (and Bare-Knuckle Boxing) when Irish-American James J. Corbett, also known as "Gentleman Jim" defeated him for the Heavyweight Championship of the World in New Orleans. The fight was to be held under Queensbury Rules", with gloves (for more information about Bare-Knuckle Boxing, see the books 'The Classical Pugilism and Bare-Knuckle Boxing Companion, Vol 1 and Vol 2' available through Amazon.com).
'REAL BKB: Fights of the Irish Travellers' also boasts an amazing "hardcore" soundtrack featuring the music from underground bands such as:
Bring It On
In My Way
Last Call Brawl
Swear to God
Sub Zero (as seen on MTV 2's Headbanger's Ball)
The Travelling People of Ireland never shy away from a good fight and are tough enough to withstand a nasty beating too (for more information on the Travellers of Ireland, please see the full article on Wikipedia). For more information on how to purchase 'REAL BKB: Fights of the Irish Travellers', please visit http://www.scientificwrestling.com/DVD.htm#Real_BKB.
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