Second Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Card Runs Tomorrow, Tarver On the Call



Second Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Card Runs Tomorrow, Tarver On the Call

The second Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) card is set to unfold, and this time the action will originiate in Mississippi.

Boxer Antonio Tarver will again help out in the broadcast booth on Saturday night (Aug. 25); the ex light heavyweight ace will be on site at the MISSISSIPPI COAST COLISEUM, after doing his thing last time in Wyoming.

If you are not in the building, you can watch on pay-per-view.

Organizers, including David Feldman, are hoping for a bit less drama than last time. A bomb threat was called in to the Wyoming event.

Tarver was in the news a couple weeks ago after law enforcement was called in on the 49 year old Floridian. Reports said he had an altercation with his step-son. I asked Tarver about that and he said he is dealing with it, and letting his lawyer handle it.

So, what does he think will be a highlight of the second BKFC slate?

“The heavyweights are gonna produce some KOs,” Tarver said. “The ladies fight, Bec Rawlings is a beast and Reggie Barnett can really fight.”

Rawlings, an MMAer, meets pro boxer Britain Hart, in a 125-pound clash, “Ultimate Fighter” season three winner Kendall Grove and Bruce Abramski compete in a 185-pound bout and pro MMA and boxing veteran Chris Lytle and Drew Lipton will square-off in a 175-pound fight.

BKFC 2 will also see the semi-finals of the BKFC heavyweight tournament featuring Sam Shewmaker taking on Maurice Jackson and Arnold Adams facing Joey Beltran.

Tarver did the first card, I asked him if that one exceeded his expetcations?

“It’s back to the origin,” he said. “Sometimes you didn’t have time to wrap up and glove up!”

Ron Kruck will host and Sean Wheelock does blow by blow. The executive producer is  Brian Ricco and Chuck McKean will produce and direct the scraps.
“While having covered hundreds of combat sports events, it’s still a thrill to be part of a new promotion
that expands the genre and showcases a wide range of entertaining fighters,” McKean told me. “Bare knuckle fighting
distills the essence of boxing to its roots and fans both in arena and at home have responded.  I hope
this is truly the beginning of “A New Era” with the knuckles and knockouts reaching a wide audience.”

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.