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Underground Bare Knuckle Boxing in the UK

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Subscribe to FIGHTLAND: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Fightland Once regarded as something that happens exclusively in Guy Ritchie films and on gypsy sites, bare knuckle boxing is fast becoming a thriving scene in the UK -- the ultimate British bloodsport. When Clive Martin embeds with the bare knuckle boxing elite, what he discovers is not dissimilar to Fight Club; IT technicians, builders, lifestyle coaches and even a solicitor, all throwing their unprotected fists into each other's faces. It's a subculture of honour, pride and violence. As the UK prepares to play host to the first US vs UK bare knuckle title fight in 150 years -- the biggest event the scene has known since it went underground in the 19th Century -- Clive tries to find out if violence is a cause or effect for these angry young men. Check out more "Rule Britannia" here: http://bit.ly/1tjfsIE Subscribe to VICE here! http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com
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sam (12 minutes ago)
4:29 1080p, you can see where the two pieces of wood were glued together. That wing chun 'master' is a phony.
Shaize G (3 hours ago)
The American fighter looks like a well trained professional but at the end I'm doubtful that the organisers pays him well to sleep down with just one punch, the way he lay down on his belly was doubtful.
arsnakeheart (15 hours ago)
Never lose your traditions, Brits
Eat TheBreadEgg (1 day ago)
UK's scariest debt collecter makes a cameo in the last fights of the vid
Kreatynowy Maciek (1 day ago)
22:27 did I just see a tooth flying out of that guy's mouth?
red uka (2 days ago)
at 4:30 you can see a cut in the wood
Kevin Bright (3 days ago)
Glass chin from a shit talker. I dont care if I'm from the USA. The other guy humble and only talks of family will always win. You talk negative you end up negative. The positive will come out positive. And I almost forgot, it happened again. Emagine that.
Angel Ortiz (3 days ago)
you weak fucks should take your country back...
Kandela Brown (3 days ago)
Video jumps around too much.
Nameless Entity (3 days ago)
It is somewhat depressing to me, that I was never as tough as these Gentlemen. Not by a mile. I have endured no small amount of pain in my life, I deal with it every day, so maybe after the first few ass kicking's, I might have been middling, but ONLY in my youth, not now. I used to have a furious 'Berserk' type temper, which would have served me in this situation, but only if I can control it and think, not just mindlessly attack. . . The very few 'scraps' I had, I generally would charge my foe like a pissed-off Hippopotamus, and try to constrict, choke, tear at the face and eyes. I once stuck my pinkie finger in this other kids eye, who had me in a headlock, and yanked. He let go But with therapy, medical marijuana, and old age I can keep that Fury chained-up. If my fellow 'Yank' wanted to win, he should have grown a handle bar mustache and 'out-Gentleman' the Man from the Land of Good Manners. Would have thrown him off his game, and even if you lose, you win on the "Sporting Gentleman" aspect. That would have driven the U.K. insane. Since I am old, I was taught the art of being a kind Gentleman. I'd bet a Franklin that I could best any Son of the U.K. in a manners contest!
Mayckon Wolf (4 days ago)
My preoccupation is about break the hands since there is a lot of videos and people that argument about it,i have in sime streeet fights but ended very soon,i was never able to punch with a very hard direct punch,i don't know is mith ir you really can punch harder the head for exemple.
Hannadi Habbal (5 days ago)
O.k yet the guy hosting this program looks like he wouldent last 2 secounds in a bar knuckle fist fight...maybe even 1 secound...sorry but someone hast to say it also he looks like he just fell out of bed..and he looks about 12 years old on top of it WTF? At least get a proper man to host this not a little boy.
Hannadi Habbal (5 days ago)
Hate seaming like a B***t from my comment but surely theres others thinking the same? Or is it just me? Lol
timothy vasquez (5 days ago)
It doesn’t matter if your big.... cardio makes u a boss
BioStuff415 (6 days ago)
wow - big belly and all. Mike Tyson needs to pay a visit.
MartinGe_De (6 days ago)
mr happy probably got knocked on the head to hard
stewart campbell (6 days ago)
dont pick on mr happy.
BNTN S (7 days ago)
funny that James is actually the mang0 of bare knuckle boxing, except not American LMAO
schnitzki 69 (7 days ago)
Hard harder The Hardest OI OI ☠ 🤘 🎱
Six Cycle (7 days ago)
20:31 Is that Niko Belic on the right? COUSIN NIKO, WANT TO GO BOWLING? Hahaha
Konstantinos Iliadis (8 days ago)
Just a thought... if from ancient years people fought with their bare hands,and if ancient martial arts were also with bare hands, like in the first olympics in Greece, and I don’t know if you’ve heard of the ancient martial art Pagration.... how come the Brits invented Bare knuckle boxing??? Not hating, just saying...
Moe Money (9 days ago)
Knocked that skinhead on his ass, now get up boy and go back to Merica with your ass in your hand.
lee will (9 days ago)
fights on concrete again?
As an Irish American I gotta say I'm glad Mc Crory came out on top. Shows heart is way bigger than Your standard US sales pitch peptalk Trump talk bullshit. And that's what 's going to happen to that German scum Trump after he gets done running his mouth too mark my words.
anthony PADULA (10 days ago)
Seth Jones looks more like 66 than 46.
Bare knuckle fighting was every single where in the USA as I was a kid. You never settled with gloves. you always settled bare knuckle because no one had gloves anyway.
Treeezplz (11 days ago)
That guy is scary as shit. He seems like jew about to snap any minute lmao
Flying Pancakes (11 days ago)
where the dude's brows
Ass kickers United
James Robert (12 days ago)
Yeah, after making him wait! Now bring him over here for a rematch
Slappy McKracken (13 days ago)
underground barnacle boxing
Coach Hybrid (13 days ago)
Holy shit I only clicked this video because Mac is in the thumbnail. Looks like he’s been drinking fight milk. KAAAAAAWH
Rory Smith (13 days ago)
What about a world headbutting championships.
Landerval (13 days ago)
i thank you for putting subtitles, no idea what they were saying half of the time
Damo Harlow (13 days ago)
was glad to have been at all these events.made some top mates
sam hart (14 days ago)
there are hard cunts very hard in a certain few over here.... and that's why we are the best in the boxing scene … the old cunts have gone now your looking at the fresh... no training just beers down the pub some of these cunts just don't get that's a proper traveller man and it is in there genes to fight and no im not a traveller just seen it
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
sam hart Calm down braveheart
sam hart (14 days ago)
strange thing about the UK is it can be the best place in the world and the you go to that once place and it just like what the fuck have I just walk into its crazy
Baloo (14 days ago)
As a (non-redneck) American, I would like to thank this man (and the country of Ireland) for publicly whooping that arrogant idiot's ass and putting him in his place. He couldn't even take a punch. I can't stand people like him.
Slice Of Life (16 days ago)
The first rule of fight club is, you don't talk about fight club!
Jason Strom (16 days ago)
That young dude was grabbing the old dude's shirt. I think old man could have done better if not.
Jeffrey Bozko (16 days ago)
Mr happy i find quite inspiring.
Jeffrey Bozko (16 days ago)
wtf crazy shit man
tommi bogal (16 days ago)
the man from uk hardest dept collector was in the ring hosting
Michael Mccarthy (17 days ago)
Bare knuckle seems like prostitution. No one plans to do it. It doesn't seem right, but it draws a certain type with a background that is not enviable.
Faizal Iqbal (18 days ago)
was expecting Wade Barrett to be here.
Josh A (19 days ago)
*mentions bare knuckle fighting,shows gloved fighters
morgan riddiford (19 days ago)
Bare knuckle fists… said as a clip of guys w gloves is shown
jerk chicken (20 days ago)
this is what a fixed fight looks like guys... always a foreigner taking a dive for people on their home turf... it's really how the japanese invented professional wrestling after ww2. they never tired of seeing giant american wrestlers taking dives because of much smaller local guys. also the reason 'pride' in japan was a cash cow for foreigners who didn't mind taking a dive on japanese tv
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
jerk chicken You believed this was fixed..
jerk chicken (11 days ago)
iAm Rossi noone said that. I'm talking about historically factual data, do some research
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
jerk chicken Oh God so everything's fixed to you, how sad.
Shawn Adkins (20 days ago)
this will never happen in the US, The MMA tried this in 2012 and the US BOXING COMMITTEE would not sanction it. Silva even offered 25 million dollars for the license and they turned it down. The risk is way to high for death. Most men now days can lift over 200 lb and kill someone with just there hands
Luke Lewis (20 days ago)
Dad bod wins 😂😂
Codex (20 days ago)
where's Mickey "One Punch" tho? someone buy his caravan so we can see him in action again
The Romanians and Bulgarians captured him and ate him.
Daniel (20 days ago)
The guy on the thumbnail looks like Mac from its always sunny. xD
supergangsterish1 (20 days ago)
lil boi got merked
JxeWarren - (21 days ago)
Never go hand to hand combat with a Brit
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
JxeWarren - Ah, how adorable, assuming I'm American? How sad.
JxeWarren - (11 days ago)
Don’t you have something better to do like shoot up a school?
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
JxeWarren - Someone's salty..
JxeWarren - (11 days ago)
iAm Rossi fuck off and go and play rugby for pussies
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
JxeWarren - WTF is that supposed to mean the majority of them are cowards anyway.
petrolhead0387 (21 days ago)
That moment when you realise that a well trained yank got knocked out by a fat Irish Geordie, with his arse hanging out. 😂🤣
DanTheMemeMan (21 days ago)
i love mr happy lmao
petrov evender (21 days ago)
Love it
Dónal Murray (22 days ago)
Go on the lads ,u will never beat the Irish,hard as nailes
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
Dónal Murray Never beat the Irish? Yeah, keep believing that.
Brad Lamb (23 days ago)
Thumbnail is a mix between Rob McElhenny and Steven Segal
03Blackbeard (25 days ago)
Bare knuckle? So, why are they wearing gloves?
David Hills (26 days ago)
Is it possible, with humane rules, competition rules, the way MMA have had to restrict hits. This is like boxing, reduced gloves to no gloves, so where is the border...1 once gloves acceptable??? Kind of a joke. I think a bare knuckle league would be exciting.
In The Making (27 days ago)
13:23 made me very uncomfortable...
andrew thompson (27 days ago)
Bare moose knuckle
joaquin flores (27 days ago)
Are this guys Irish travelers?
Kyro (27 days ago)
Thank god for subtitles.
Roberto a Hernandez (27 days ago)
stupid fuckin white american!!!!!!!
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
Roberto a Hernandez Don't understand why you have to put in his race
Durgenheim (27 days ago)
"Mr. Happy" - that's what my dad calls wieners
thejakeyboi (28 days ago)
Same boat as you James. Not hitting anything. Keep it up!
Vercingetorix (29 days ago)
Put a pro boxer in there with those slobs and you'd have bodies piled up.
A Google User (29 days ago)
Found a free training site bareknuckleboxing.freeforums.net
Blahammad Ali (1 month ago)
James lambert was an enigma to watch. What a pleasant but ferocious guy all at the same time.
A. DUBITANTE (1 month ago)
Haven't felt so happy in a long time! That Yankee was soO unlikeable! VICE probably had a hand in making him thus, but still. And that McCrord, who almost overslept, might have been drunk, and certainly needed to get punched a bit to fully wake him up … loved him! Loudly cheered his victory, startling my co-worker… Hooray for Ireland!
Alex Byars (1 month ago)
Oh my gosh, the bald eagle! Who calls themselves that. That cracked me up. That's not even patriotic, that's dorky AF. No surprise he's from Salt Lake.
Finlay Boy (1 month ago)
I love how the gypsy lad was putting on a fake Irish accent
Jota (1 month ago)
son malisimos XD
J Silva (1 month ago)
The interviewer is boring.
Departediris (1 month ago)
Yesssss gwan ladddd!
Killotrex (1 month ago)
American felony fight are worst than this. Check them out
James (1 month ago)
These look like they all punch coppers at EDL rallies, hate Muslims and vote for UKIP lol
Scott M (1 month ago)
Mr Happy sounds so pleasant, but looks jacked n deadly !
Steven C (1 month ago)
22:26 Did his tooth fly out??
Anatole (1 month ago)
*L A D*
Spookyboy007 (1 month ago)
Mr. Happy is a skinny fighter.
Saiyan Hokage_YT (1 month ago)
Bare knucle boxing = School fight
azur bleu (1 month ago)
We're living in a fucking strange & funny World . In India , they poop everywhere . Here , they drunk like crazy since their first breath . In USA , crazy Evangelicals are buying planes to Scammers Pastors . In Yemen are drug addicts . Gypsies indian are snakes lovers . These ones have nothing to do than kicking each other ass .etc etc Ahaaaaaaaaaaa
Joel (1 month ago)
Is it weird that this makes me kinda proud to be british
sknnrs (1 month ago)
Where's Ronnie Pickering?
126trav (1 month ago)
I only clicked on this because I thought the first guy was Rob McElhenney
Ben McAdam (1 month ago)
What a load of my faaahoooking arseeee!
Marky Mark (1 month ago)
videos like these make me wish there was a love button to smash!
Micheal Rosen (1 month ago)
Only good martial artist in this is Sam kwok
Watcher (1 month ago)
The badass debt collector guy is the ref haha!
supersaien21 (1 month ago)
They should have sent kimbo slice instead!!
iAm Rossi (11 days ago)
supersaien21 He's dead.
NoCultist (1 month ago)
Lol. Most of them should fight in Sloppy Haymaker Federation. Teke some lessons in pugilism boys.
mwaiTV (1 month ago)
Thoroughly tickled by the main event 😂😂😂😂😂
black animals (1 month ago)
Underground Bare Knuckle Boxing, when you're too shitty to make money in professional, actually competitive boxing.
frankdooly (1 month ago)
Mr. "Happy" got out of boxing cause he couldn't throw a proper punch to save his life and his skills are utter dog shit
Rex Mantooth (1 month ago)
Anyone that knows anything about real fighting will know that the Irishman had the upper hand by getting there so late. The American most likely already had a massive adrenaline dump by the time the fight actually started. It's a known tactic, that you know a gypsy's got to be well aware of, used to make the other person become tired before the fight already happens. I like that the American was almost painted as the bad guy, too. He was called "brash" and the guy just seemed calm, honest, and annoyed by how everything was taking so long. That's typical Vice "journalism", ha.
Mr Plague (1 month ago)
James... Shows up completely trashed... gets smacked about a bit... figures out what is going on.....and leaves the other bloke on the floor. Very British.
John Castillo (1 month ago)
I love this documentary it real show the fighter talking about there lives out side of bare knuckle fighting it explain the reason why they became boxer thank you YouTube
John Castillo (1 month ago)
I like this video about bare knuckle fighting in the UK I really appreciate seeing it here on youtube

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