Wednesday, May 8, 2024

BREAKING: BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series Acquires UK-Based BKBTM

Press Release: May 8, 2024 By BYB Extreme Bareknuckle Fighting Series - -

The groundbreaking US bare knuckle organization based out of Miami, Florida has acquired the 

oldest, active bare knuckle company in the world, making BYB the largest company in terms of 

roster, library and global reach in the bare knuckle space. 

Miami, Florida – BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series Owner and President Mike Vazquez

announced today that the company has acquired London-based BKB, the world’s first professional bare 

knuckle boxing promotion, who has successfully promoted forty bare knuckle events which are broadcast 

in over thirty-five different countries with millions of fans and viewers worldwide.

As bare knuckle continues to grow in popularity, and sponsorship of live programming in sports remain at 

a premium, John Bryan, a pioneering leader with expertise in media distribution and with more than 20 

years working at MGM, Disney and Warner Brothers and who is leading BYB’s broadcast and streaming 

partnership efforts, notes: 

“The future is now. Major consumer brands and mainstream broadcasters and streaming 

services are quickly recognizing the untapped value of bare knuckle fighting and its 

inevitable impact on the market. BYB pioneered the sport and, having put together a 

sustainable roadmap for both the organization and the sport’s international growth, BYB 

has just accelerated this entire process by instantly increasing not only its live show output, 

but also its sponsored content library.” 

Formed in 2015 by Jim Freeman and Joe Smith-Brown, BKB regularly sells out the Liverpool Echo Arena 

and London’s Indigo at the O2, has hosted international fights in Phuket, Thailand, boasts a roster of over 

175 international fighters - including some of the best bare knuckle fighters in the world including Ireland’s 

Jimmy Sweeney, Croatia’s Marko Martinjak and Wales’ Barrie Jones and Dan Chapman, and was the 

first bare knuckle company in the world to professionalize the sport in the modern era.

Both Freeman and Smith-Brown will stay with BYB in an executive capacity, as Freeman will continue to 

handle day-to-day operations for BYB in Europe, and Smith-Brown will also stay on with BYB to oversee 

continued European expansion.

Material Courtesy of BYB Extreme Bareknuckle Fighting Series Used with permission.

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