• Bare-Knuckle Boxer's Companion: Learning How to Hit Hard and Train Tough from the Early Boxing Masters

    The fighters of the great bare-knuckle boxing era were tough men and skilled combatants. They had to be to endure brutal brawls that could last for hours, testing the skills and guts of both participants. In this fascinating tutorial on this poorly understood combative art, martial artists David Lindholm and Ulf Karlsson Tada extract the practical material from historical bare-knuckle boxing and show how it can be applied in modern self-defense.Lindholm and Tada have analyzed the surviving texts and illustrations of the masters of bare-knuckle boxing and organized what they've discovered into a complete program for training, conditioning and applying these skills in a real confrontation. In doing so, they show how bare knuckle is an ideal system for real-world self-defense. It contains strikes, throws, parries and a few basic kicks, so it is simple to learn. The techniques are remarkably powerful, which means you get a good payoff for each shot you land. It works regardless of the clothes you wear, the surface you stand on, the space you will fight in or how many attackers you meet. Bare knuckle is also easy to practice alone or with partners, because you need minimal space and equipment to train and enjoy its benefits.The bare-knuckle boxing era ended in the early 20th century, ...

    • ASIN: 1581607008

  • Bare Knuckle: Boxers, Mobsters, Gypsies, and the Epic Battle to Revive America's First Sport

    Former Rolling Stone editor Stayton Bonner ventures inside America's secret illegal underground fight world - and meets its modern-day gladiators. Just when you think you've heard all the grizzled-fighter-taking-one-last-swing-at-redemption stories, along comes Bobby Gunn - the first bare-knuckle boxing champion in the U.S. in more than 120 years. Undefeated through 71 fights, Gunn, 42, rules the circuit, an underground network of pro boxers, mixed martial arts fighters and street brawlers who enter the ring without gloves in empty warehouses and mobster McMansions for as much as $50,000 a night. It's dangerous and bloody and illegal almost everywhere - a secret world run by organized crime. And for Gunn, a devout Christian journeyman boxer using the prize money to put his seven-year-old daughter through private school, it's his only shot at a better life. "Everybody wants to take me down, brother, and make a name for himself," he says. "I've gotta watch my back." Bare Knuckle is a fast-paced portrait of today's illegal underground bare-knuckle world - a Rocky story, only more bizarre, populated by street brawlers, mobsters, and a modern-day gladiator bent on upending America's first sport.

    • ASIN: 0316433136

  • Wayne Barker: Born to Fight: The Extraordinary Story of a Bare-Knuckle Boxer

    The extraordinary memoirs of a bare-knuckle boxer, recounting his numerous brushes with the law, and his time in New YorkFrom Salford to St. Louis, Missouri, former professional boxer Wayne Barker fought every man who ever challenged him. In this brutally honest account of his eventful life, Wayne recounts how his parents left him in the care of a gypsie community, where he learned to fight and traveled throughout Britain and Ireland to take on opponents for cash. Later, after being charged with attempting to murder a child killer, Wayne fled to the U.S., where he found work in the gymnasiums of New York sparring with the likes of world champion Wilfred Benítez. By night, he took part in bloody bare-knuckle bouts on the East Side. His ability in the ring was noticed by promoter Bobby Gleason, whose gym had been graced by legendary boxers such as Jake LaMotta, Roberto Durán, and Mike Tyson, and Gleason set up a fight between Wayne and former super middleweight world champion Fulgencio Obelmejias ("Fully Obel"). Wayne's criminal past eventually caught up with him and he was deported to Britain, where he served two years for his attack on the child killer. In his final years, he returned to the streets to earn a living from bare-knuckle fighting, until cancer claimed his life ...

    • Brand: Brand: Mainstream Publishing
    • ASIN: 1780575971

  • Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey (Sports)

    One of the more dynamic characters of his time, John "Old Smoke" Morrissey made his way from undefeated bare-knuckle boxer to found the Saratoga Race Course and win elections to Congress and the New York State Senate. A poor, uneducated Irish immigrant, Morrissey became a leader in the Dead Rabbits street gang. He won fame as a fighter and fortune as the operator of a string of successful gambling houses. He then took Saratoga Springs by storm. He improbably resurrected thoroughbred racing during the Civil War and opened his famous Club House, the most glamorous casino the country had ever seen. Author Brien Bouyea chronicles the incomparable life of a true American legend.

    • ASIN: 1467135585

  • Bare-Knuckle Britons and Fighting Irish: Boxing, Race, Religion and Nationality in the 18th and 19th Centuries

    Boxing was phenomenally popular in 18th and 19th century Britain. Aristocrats attended matches and patronized boxers, and the most important fights drew tens of thousands of spectators. Promoters of the sport claimed that it showcased the timeless and authentic ideal of English manhood--a rock of stability in changing times. Yet many of the best fighters of the era were Irish, Jewish or black. This history focuses on how boxers, journalists, politicians, pub owners and others used national, religious and racial identities to promote pugilism and its pure English pedigree, even as ethnic minorities won distinction in the sport, putting the diversity of the Empire on display.

    • ASIN: 1476663300

  • Bare Fists: The History of Bare Knuckle Prize Fighting

    Provides an illustrated history of bare-knuckle prize-fighting, from its origins, to its heydey in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, to the development of the Marquess of Queensbury Rules that saw the end of the sport, and profiles some of its great champions and fans. 10,000 first printing.

    • Brand: Brand: Overlook Hardcover
    • ASIN: 158567141X

  • Bare Knuckle Bride

    They call him Tommy ‘The Wolf’ Connelly.He's devastatingly handsome, with a blazing uppercut to boot.His occupation? Knocking grown men out cold.There's no way in hell he could be a good husband, let alone a good dad...right?When the nerdy Devon Bell hits Vegas for spring break of her senior year at Harvard, she’s ready for some relaxation, sightseeing, and maybe a party or two. After all, she’s earned it. Her daunting degree in computer science didn’t earn itself.A night on the town with a wild friend lands her ringside at a heavyweight boxing match. Devon can’t keep her eyes off the off the striking underdog fighter. There’s something so familiar about him.After Tommy Connelly’s blockbuster win, it’s no surprise to find hot girls lining up outside his locker room. But this time, it’s hometown girl Devon Bell, the beautiful but slightly nerdy girl he was in love with back in high school. Devon’s all grown up, and Tommy’s more than happy to pick up where they left off.There’s only one wrinkle in their plans: a touch of “stomach flu” that turns out to be something neither one of them expected.*BONUS BOOK*: Pupil: (Inspired by a True Story), a full-length student-teacher romance from Zoey Long, is included at the end of this book, completely FREE!

    • ASIN: B01L0FLGZQ

  • The Notorious John Morrissey: How a Bare-Knuckle Brawler Became a Congressman and Founded Saratoga Race Course

    An Irish immigrant, a collection agent for crime bosses, a professional boxer, and a prodigious gambler, John Morrissey was―if nothing else―an unlikely candidate to become one of the most important figures in the history of Thoroughbred racing. As a young man, he worked as a political heavy in New York before going to San Francisco in search of fortune at the height of the Gold Rush. After returning to the east coast, he was hired by Tammany Hall and was soon locked in a deadly rivalry with William Poole, better known as "Bill the Butcher."As time went on, Morrissey parlayed his youthful exploits into a remarkably successful career as a businessman and politician. After establishing a gambling house in Saratoga Springs, the hard-nosed entrepreneur organized the first Thoroughbred race meet at what would become Saratoga Race Course in 1863. Morrissey went on to be elected to two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and two terms in the New York State Senate.In The Notorious John Morrissey, James C. Nicholson explores the improbable life of the man who brought Thoroughbred racing back to prominence in the United States. Though few of his contemporaries did more to develop the commercialization of sports in America, Morrissey's colorful background has prevented him from ge...

    • ASIN: 0813167507

  • Oregon Prizefighters:: Forgotten Bare-knuckle Champions of Portland & Astoria (Sports)

    In 1884, London's prizefighting craze spread to Portland. Since the fights were illegal throughout the States, matches were fought in inconspicuous venues away from unwanted spectators. A winner could be hanged if the loser died. Champions like Dave Campbell, Jack "Nonpareil" Dempsey and "Mysterious" Billy Smith were just a few contenders for the brutal, nearly forgotten sport. Join author Barney Blalock as he reveals the remarkable stories of Oregon's bare-knuckle champions.

    • ASIN: 1626199930