Irish Travellers in Bare-Knuckle Fight
Bare knuckle boxing is an essential part of Gypsy, Irish traveller folk, culture and is a way to settle disputes between individuals or often entire families. The decent boxing technique is displayed in this lively scrap, especially when compared to most street fights. Both combatants at least know to keep their hands up.
According to IrishBKB, this form of bare-knuckle boxing has been seen recently has been seen in mainstream TV, documentaries and movies in recent years. Travellers are of Irish descent, but have moved to other parts of Europe, mainly England the rest of the UK. Some have progressed as far as America, USA.
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According to The Underground, the cool thing about the Irish Traveller folk bare-knuckle boxing scene is there is a lot of honour involved and has rules that are enforced. If someone gets dropped, they are given a chance to recover and get back to their feet, ala Marquess of Queensberry rules seen in boxing.
In the video below, the guy in the track pants showed off his skills to defend himself against his opponent. His opponent in white t-shirt couldn’t do anything but throwing uppercuts.
In the first minute fight, the guy in the track pants landed big looping punches and around 2:00 his opponent clinched up. At this point, it is clear that the guy in track pants is the superior fighter.
No One Can Stop the Guy in Track Pants
When the Irish referee asked them if they wanted to shake hands and end the fight already, the guy in track pants was heard in the video shouting ‘NO!’. It appears he didn’t want to stop the fight yet.
See how the fight ended below. Video courtesy of IrishBKB on YouTube.
The organizers called it a draw and forced them to shake hands. In an Irish Traveller Folk fighting when there is no knockout, the fight is called a draw automatically.
What do you think about this Bare-Knuckle fight? And who do you think won the match?