One of Britain’s most familiar voices and greatest broadcasters of commercial Radio, Tom Ross shares his insights into BKB17’s highly anticipated event on June 8, at London’s 02 Arena. The …
One of Britain’s most familiar voices and greatest broadcasters of commercial Radio, Tom Ross shares his insights into BKB17’s highly anticipated event on June 8, at London’s 02 Arena.
The TalkSPORT and regular Bare Knuckle Boxing broadcaster talks BKB’s rapid momentum and high calibre evolvement since 2016, as well as the show’s Prizefighter final and return of Bare Knuckle Boxing’s “Celtic Warrior”, Jimmy Sweeney as he goes up against former WBC champion Edgar Puerta after being out of the mix for the past seven months.
Tom had this to say:
“BKB owners/promoters Jim Freeman and Joe Brown have spearheaded BKBtm from a sport nobody would touch to a sport that is on TV and sells out the O2 Arena. The levels of fighters and presentation of the fights have also risen to never before seen levels.”
The calibre of BKB’s fighters & how the sport has evolved :
“One word epitomises BKB and that is “professional” The difference between BKB 1 in 2016 and BKB 17 is off the scale. You would be hard pressed to believe it was the same sport. Back then they had some good fighters and some not so good but the quality of fighter is now excellent and getting better every single show. Fighters are fitter and well prepared and 99.9% of the time make the weight, in other words, have a professional attitude.
Fights are much closer and without a doubt are far more entertaining for the BKB fan. And it’s important to note that it’s not just the top of the bill that is a great and attractive fight but each bill is pack with crowd-pleasing contests. Jim and Joe are never satisfied and have ambition and desire to make the sport even bigger with household names from all types of combat sport fighting on their bills.”
Jimmy Sweeney v Edgar Puerta:
“Jimmy is undeniably the King of BKB. His record of 21-1 tells you he is the real deal. It was becoming all too easy for the Celtic Warrior until he slipped up against the American Julian Lane. Jimmy admitted that the defeat was his own fault as he was not fit enough and had not trained or lived right in preparation for the fight. However, it has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Jimmy as since then he has been in the best condition for every fight always coming to the ring fit and ready.
This fight though is tricky. The Mexican Puerta has a fantastic gloved record with 25 wins from his 39 fights with 19 Kos to his credit. Add to that he won the WBC Silver Belt and also fought for the WBC world title and you can see that he is a respected opponent. However, he has not fought Bare Knuckle before and that can come as a shock with pain not just from your opponents’ shots but your own. Jimmy’s “Cobra” style will almost certainly cause Edgar problems- I am going for Sweeney to win again.”
Prizefighter final: Ricardo Franco vs James Connelly
“The bookies will understandably make Ricardo the favourite as they have from before the quarter-finals. He is a very good fighter. On the other hand, James has worked so hard preparing for this and will enter the ring in the best shape he has ever been in. James also knows that getting a bye after the quarter-final gave him a second shot and he does not want to waste it. Both are technically adept and it promises to be a fantastic fight with 10k and the Jack Broughton Trophy awaiting the winner plus of course a shot at Jimmy Sweeney. Neither fighter leaves anything in the ring and the O2 audience is in for a treat. Most BKB people will go for Franco who is unbeaten in BKB with 4-0 to win the fight however this is BKB and with desire driving you on anything can happen. It’s a difficult one to call but if pressed I would lean towards Franco being crowned champion.”
Tom will be broadcasting live from London’s sold-out 02 Arena, June 8 alongside his co-team, ex WBC & IBO super-middleweight champion, Robin Reid and expert combat sports analyst, Robin Black in what will be a cracking night of Bare Knuckle Boxing action.
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