“BKB is designed for fight fans who crave action, intensity, and most of all — big knockouts. Fights are furiously fast with up to 7 two-minute rounds. There’s no time for hugging or dancing. In BKB, it’s fight or lose.”
That’s the sales pitch on the official site of Big Knockout Boxing, a variation on the Queensbury Rules that has fighters square off in a circular pit with an inclined edge. The purpose of the non-traditional surface is to force the fighters to engage, and if this whole thing sounds a little familiar, it’s because YAMMA tried to do the exact same thing for the MMA world in 2008.
Oddly enough, BKB might not be the embarrassing one-and-done sideshow that YAMMA was. While several of the YAMMA competitors responded to the shortened rounds and tournament format by laying-and-praying their way to victory, Big Knockout Boxing delivered pretty much what it promised during its debut event in Las Vegas on Saturday, with four of the eight bouts ending by KO/TKO.
According to this preview feature on ESPN — which tells you a little more about the ruleset, if you’re interested — none of the BKB fights will count on the fighters’ official boxing record. Also: “BKB put on a pair of events last year in New Hampshire, but then BKB stood for “Bare Knuckle Boxing” and fighters used smaller gloves with a portion of the padding removed from the area over the knuckles. But to gain a license in Nevada, that had to go and the name was changed.”
So here’s the main event of BKB 1, a middleweight title fight between Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado, which Rosado won by ref’s stoppage in round 6. After the jump: The BKB welterweight title fight between Javier Garcia and Darnell Jiles. Check ‘em out and let us know what you think: Is boxing better in a bowl? Is “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but with humans” a positive development in combat sports or not?