Are professional bare-knuckle boxers as skilled as professional boxers?
Just check out how I answered this question on Quora.
Not even close!
Just take a look at the top two fighters in the “dream” match that never happened.
Bobby Gunn vs Shannon Ritch $100,000 winner-take-all, one-on-one side bet Bare-Knuckle Fight that will never happen!
The longtime face of BKB is Bobby Gunn, a very legit but way past his prime 44 years old pro boxer with a boxing record of 23–7–1 (20 KO) and 1 no-contest who lost his 4 last pro fights (3 against middle age ex-world champs).
5′9″, 47 years old tomato can extraordinaire Shannon “The Cannon???” Ritch with an MMA losing record of 58–84–4.
Yes both are legit pro fighters but they are both at the bottom of their respective Combat Sport!
The other BKB fighters that I’ve seen are not even worth mentioning here. Barroom brawling, beer-guzzling and chain-smoking are probably their only credentials if they have any.
That’s the harsh reality about the skills of BKB bare-knuckle boxers.