Big Knockout Boxing

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Big Knockout Boxing (BKB)
Private
Industry Combat sport promotion fighting
Founded 2013
Key people
Jon Gieselman, Commissioner; Alex Kaplan, Commissioner; Chris Long, Commissioner; Mike Marchionte, Matchmaker;
Parent DirecTV
a subsidiary of AT&T
Website www.bkb.tv

Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) is a combat sport brand developed and owned by DirecTV, a subsidiary of AT&T[1][2][3][4] The sport is similar to boxing but does not use a ring, ropes, corners, and three minute rounds.[2]

History[edit]

BKB was created by a group of experienced members of the fight industry.[5] In 2013, the sport debuted with two events in New Hampshire.[6] The Nevada Athletic Commission sanctioned BKB in March 2014.[7] In August 2014, BKB debuted with a pay-per-view card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas with approximately 4,500 attendees.[3][8][9] Bryan Vera and Gabriel Rosado fought for the middleweight title.[10][11] Rosado defeated Vera by the sixth-round TKO and won the title.[12] Additionally, Anthony Johnson beat Dimar Ortuz by split decision for the cruiserweight title, David Estrada beat Eddie Caminero by unanimous decision for the junior middleweight title, and Javier Garcia beat Darnell Jiles by fifth-round TKO for the welterweight title.[7] For the event, fighters wore traditional boxing gloves.[6] In December 2014, BKB signed multi-fight agreements with Gabe Duluc, Javier Garcia, Herbert Acevedo, Khurshid Abdullaev, and Anthony Johnson.[13] BKB held its second pay-per-view event at the Mandalay Bay led by Rosado and Curtis Stevens in April 2015.[14] The seven-round title fight ended in a draw. Additionally, the event marked the first time the HitChip stats were used. The undercard saw the BKB debut of veteran Jesus Soto Karass defeating Ed Paredes, Anthony Johnson successfully defending the cruiserweight title versus Joey Montoya, David Estrada losing the junior middleweight title to Khurshid Abdullaev, and Javier Garcia losing the welterweight title to Jonathan Chicas. The event also featured BKB's first women's fight.[15] The lightweight championship fight was between Diana Prazak and Layla McCarter and resulted in a win for McCarter with a seventh-round technical knockout over Prazak.[16] The third BKB pay-per-view event was held in June 2015, again at the Mandalay Bay, and featured BKB veteran Julian Pollard defeat Rodney Hernandez (late replacement for kickboxing champion Tyrone Spong) by unanimous decision for the heavyweight title. The undercard featured another MMA veteran, Chris Spång, defeating Samuel Horowitz, the returns of Jesus Soto Karass and Ed Paredes (both lost to Adrian Granados and Janks Trotter, respectively), and the successful BKB debut of Shane Mosley Jr., son of boxer Shane Mosley. On July 22, 2015, Mosley Jr. and Pollard were suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for failing their post-fight drug tests.[17]. BKB hasn't held any events since June of 2015, and has no future events scheduled.

Results[edit]

BKB 1[edit]

BKB 1 Fight Card - August 16, 2014
Weight class Method Round Time Notes

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Middleweight Gabe Rosado def. Bryan Vera TKO 6 1:59 [a]
Cruiserweight Anthony Johnson def. Dimar Ortuz Split decision (66-65, 65-66, 66-65) 7 2:00 [b]
Welterweight Javier Garcia def. Darnell Jiles TKO 5 1:48 [c]
Junior Middleweight David Estrada def. Eddie Caminero Unanimous decision (69-61, 69-61, 68-62) 7 2:00 [d]
Junior Middleweight Khurshid Abdullaev def. Ricardo Pinell Unanimous decision (49-45, 50-44, 50-44) 5 2:00
Junior Welterweight Gabe Duluc def. Kendo Castaneda Majority decision (49-46, 47-47, 49-46) 5 2:00
Junior Welterweight Herbert Acevedo def. Raul Tovar TKO 3 1:56
Middleweight Lekan Byfield def. Don Mouton Unanimous decision (49-44, 48-46, 50-45) 5 2:00
Heavyweight Julian Pollard def. Boban Simic TKO 3 1:30
  1. ^ Inaugural BKB Middleweight title
  2. ^ Inaugural BKB Cruiserweight title
  3. ^ Inaugural BKB Welterweight title
  4. ^ Inaugural BKB Junior Middleweight title


BKB 2[edit]

BKB 2 Fight Card - April 4, 2015
Weight class Method Round Time Notes

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Middleweight Gabe Rosado (c) vs. Curtis Stevens Majority draw (63-69, 66-66, 66-66) 7 2:00 [a]
Junior Middleweight Jesus Soto Karass def. Ed Paredes Unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) 5 2:00
Junior Middleweight Khurshid Abdullaev def. David Estrada (c) Unanimous decision (69-61, 68-62, 69-61) 7 2:00 [b]
Cruiserweight Anthony Johnson (c) def. Joey Montoya Unanimous decision (68-65, 68-65, 68-65) 7 2:00 [c]
Women's Lightweight Layla McCarter def. Diana Prazak TKO 7 1:50 [d]
Welterweight Jonathan Chicas def. Javier Garcia (c) TKO 3 0:16 [e]
Junior Welterweight Herbert Acevedo def. William Hutchinson Unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) 5 2:00
Junior Welterweight Gabe Duluc def. Antonio Canas Unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) 5 2:00
Heavyweight Julian Pollard def. Elijah McCall TKO 4 1:07
  1. ^ For the BKB Middleweight title
  2. ^ For the BKB Junior Middleweight title
  3. ^ For the BKB Cruiserweight title
  4. ^ Inaugural BKB Female Lightweight title
  5. ^ For the BKB Welterweight title


BKB 3[edit]

BKB 3 Fight Card - June 27, 2015
Weight class Method Round Time Notes

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Heavyweight Julian Pollard def. Rodney Hernandez Unanimous decision (68-65, 69-64, 68-65) 7 2:00 [a]
Junior Middleweight Adrian Granados def. Jesus Soto Karass Split decision (47-48, 49-46, 49-46) 5 2:00
Junior Middleweight Urmat Ryskeldiev def. Marcus Willis Unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) 5 2:00
Middleweight Shane Mosley Jr. vs. Jason Kelly No Contest 1 0:51 [b]
Junior Middleweight Janks Trotter def. Ed Paredes Unanimous decision (47-44, 47-44, 46-45) 5 2:00
Lightweight Arturo Quintero def. Travis Castellon TKO 4 1:42
Light Heavyweight Chris Spång def. Samuel Horowitz Unanimous decision (48-46, 49-46, 48-46) 5 2:00
Junior Middleweight Antonio Johnson def. Anthony Castellon Unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) 5 2:00
  1. ^ Inaugural BKB Heavyweight title
  2. ^ Result changed from TKO to No Contest when Mosley tested positive for Adderall.


Rules[edit]

The pit[edit]

BKB is contested in a 17-foot diameter circular surface known as a "the pit".[6][21] The pit's area is approximately half the size of a conventional boxing ring. The small fighting surface is aimed to make fighters confront one another.[5] Referees can deduct one point from a fighter if they intentionally step outside of the pit, that is enclosed by a raised padded area instead of rope.[3]

Rounds[edit]

Rounds under BKB rules last only two minutes, unlike traditional boxing's three-minute rounds. Title fights are seven rounds long and non-title bouts are five rounds long.[10]

Attire[edit]

Fighters wear conventional boxing gloves.[22] BKB developed the first in-glove microchip technology, known as HitChip, that provides viewers with statistics, including the speed of a punch and the pounds of force delivered by the punch.[9][12][23]

Current champions[edit]

Men
Division Champion Since Defenses
Heavyweight United States Julian Pollard June 27, 2015 0
Cruiserweight United States Anthony Johnson August 16, 2014 1
Middleweight United States Gabriel Rosado August 16, 2014 1
Junior Middleweight Russia Khurshid Abdullaev April 4, 2015 0
Welterweight United States Jonathan Chicas April 4, 2015 0
Women
Division Champion Since Defenses
Lightweight United States Layla McCarter April 4, 2015 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Knockout Boxing mix of Romans and Rollerball". Reviewjournal.com. August 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Big Knockout Boxing prepared to enter fighting arena". Usatoday.com. August 14, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Boxers get rounded up in Las Vegas for Big Knockout Boxing". Latimes.com. August 15, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Big Knockout Boxing Offers Small Ring, Big Punches". nbcsports.com. August 15, 2014. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Tired Of Traditional Boxing? Try Big Knockout Boxing". Vegaschatter.com. August 12, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Big Knockout Boxing offers small ring, big punches". Usatoday.com. August 15, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Big Knockout Boxing brings a new version of fighting to Las Vegas". Axs.com. August 12, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Big Knockout Boxing offers small ring, big punches". Lowellsun.com. August 15, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Tablet computers to replace written scoring for fights". Reviewjournal.com. February 21, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Vera and Rosado go for 'BKB' title". Espn.go.com. August 15, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bringing Back the Knockout". Lasvegasmagazine.com. August 8, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Gabe Rosado Batters Bryan Vera for KO at BKB". Boxingscene.com. August 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "BKB inks five boxers". Fightnews.com. December 8, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ Mannix, Chris (April 1, 2015). "Big Knockout Boxing offers new chances, new style to boxers in limbo". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ Carp, Steve (April 2, 2015). "McCarter eyes women's lightweight title on Big Knockout Boxing card". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Rosado, Stevens fight to draw at Big Knockout Boxing". Los Vegas Review Journal. April 4, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Shane Mosley Jr., Julian Pollard Suspended for Failed Drug Tests". Bleacher Report. July 22, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  18. ^ "BKB Show Results : August 16, 2014 Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas" (PDF). Boxing.nv.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  19. ^ "Boxing Show Results : April 4, 2015 Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas" (PDF). Boxing.nv.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  20. ^ "Revised – Boxing Show Results: June 27, 2015 Location: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas" (PDF). Boxing.nv.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  21. ^ "Big Knockout Boxing takes shot as alternative combat sport this weekend". Lasvegassun.com. August 13, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Big Knockout Boxing Attempts to Bring 'Fighting' Back to the Sport". Vegasseven.com. August 11, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  23. ^ "BKB, Hit Chip tech show how hard pro boxers really punch". Slashgear.com. April 6, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 

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