Category Archives: Bare Knuckle Boxing


PHILADELPHIA, PA (JULY 12, 2017)–Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) will hold its first ever open fighter tryouts in Philadelphia, THIS SATURDAY,Saturday, July 15th, BKFC President and CEO David Feldman has announced.

The open fighter tryouts will take place at the city’s historic 2300 Arena, and provide athletes with the opportunity to earn a professional contract with BKFC.

“We’re rapidly moving towards the launch of BKFC as a fully sanctioned, regulated, and licensed professional combat sport in the United States,” said David Feldman. “Identifying and signing top level fighters are two major steps in moving forward towards bringing bare knuckle boxing out of shadows and into the mainstream.”

In attendance at the open fighter tryouts will be Art Davie, the founder and creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, who is now serving as an advisor for BKFC.

“Almost a quarter-century ago, I launched the UFC as a brand-new combat sport, which of course came to be known as MMA,” Davie said. “My vision was to bring back the ancient sport of Pankration with a modern twist. BKFC is following in my footsteps, in bringing back the great history of bare knuckle boxing, and incorporating a modern sensibility.”

BKFC directly follows the lineage of bare knuckle boxing that began in the 18th century under the London Prize Ring Rules (also known as the Broughton Rules), and all-time great fighters such as John L. Sullivan, Jem Mace, and Tommy Ryan.

Under the leadership of David Feldman, BKFC has spoken with numerous Athletic Commissions across the United States, in an effort to make bare knuckle boxing a newly categorized combat sport.

WHAT: Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Tryouts, and casting for Bare Knuckle reality show. Fighters will do various punching power and skill tests, interviews, and more.

WHO: Art Davie (Creator Of UFC), David Feldman (President Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship™)

WHERE: 2300 Arena-  2300 S. Swanson St, Philadelphia PA 19148

WHEN: THIS Saturday, July 15, 2017 9AM-5PM




PHILADELPHIA, PA (JUNE 27, 2017)-Art Davie (Creator of UFC) and David Feldman (President of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship™) are searching for the next fighting superstar. Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is being considered by many as the next big thing in combat sports.

“The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is poised to deliver real knockout excitement to combat sport fans worldwide.” said Davie, who has recently joined the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Team, “I am pleased to be a part of this fabulous new franchise.”

WHO: Art Davie (Creator Of UFC), David Feldman (President Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship™)

WHAT: Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship Tryouts, and casting for Bare Knuckle reality show. Fighters will do various punching power and skill tests, interviews, and more.

WHERE: 2300 Arena- 2300 S. Swanson St, Philadelphia PA 19148

WHEN: Saturday July 15, 2017 9AM-5PM

“Skill vs. Will”  Roy Jones, Jr. to take on Bobby Gunn on February 17th 

Press Conference on December 6th at the Chase Center in Wilmington

Wilmington, DE (December 2, 2016) David Feldman Promotions will announce that former four-division champ and Boxing Legend Roy Jones, Jr. will square off against former world title challenger, and Bare-Knuckle Legend Bobby Gunn on Friday, February 17th 2017 for the Vacant WBF World Cruiserweight Championship.

The fight will be announced at the official press conference on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 2 PM at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801.
In attendance will be Roy Jones, Jr., Bobby Gunn, Promoter David Feldman, WBF Representative James Gibbs, undercard fighters Joe Tiberi, Henry Stewart, and more.

During his twenty-seven year professional career, Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) has secured world titles in four different weight categories – Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight – and is the only boxer in history to start his career as a Light Middleweight and then go on to win a Heavyweight Championship.

In winning the WBA Heavyweight title by beating John Ruiz by unanimous decision in March 2003, Jones Jr. made history by becoming the first former middleweight champion to win a heavyweight title in 106 years.

Jones Jr. has victories over former world champions Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Vinny Panzienza, James Toney, Mike McCallum, Virgil Hill, Felix Trinidad and John Ruiz.

Jones Jr. said of the bout, “I know Bobby Gunn is coming to bring it. He’s a hard-nose, tough fighter that comes right at you, but I’m going to show him why I’m one of the best that ever did it and he doesn’t belong in the ring with me.”

On February 17, Jones Jr’s opponent will be the former IBA Cruiserweight World Champion and the current Bare Knuckle Heavyweight Champion, Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn.

Gunn, internationally known for being a Bare-Knuckle legend, will put the gloves back on to battle ring legend Roy Jones, Jr.

Like Jones Jr, Gunn has a fearsome record in gloved boxing – 21 wins (18 KO) 6 losses, one draw, and one no-contest – and an even more impressive undefeated Bare Knuckle record of 72-0 with 72 KO).

Gunn has been in the ring with top fighters Enzo Maccarinelli, Glen Johnson, Tomasz Adamek, and James Toney, so he is no stranger to sharing the ring with boxing’s elite. Gunn said of his upcoming clash with Jones Jr, “It’s an honor to share the ring with a legend like Roy Jones. I’ve been chasing him for a few years now, and on February 17, I will catch him.”

World Boxing Foundation’s North American Vice President James Gibbs said of the upcoming championship bout, “Roy Jones, Jr is a living legend and we are honored to have him fighting for our Cruiserweight Title against a warrior like Bobby Gunn. We are looking forward to this bout.”

The undercard for this championship match will feature popular Delawarean Joe Tiberi (13-2, 6KO), Canada’s Henry Stewart (1-0, 1KO), as well as more to be announced.

Roy Jones, Jr. vs Bobby Gunn, for the WBF World Cruiserweight Championship, on Friday, February 17, 2017 and will be aired live on PPV.

Tickets will range from $75 – $300 and can be purchased by calling (484) 935-3378.


Team Gunn Official Statement on the passing on Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson


Hackensack, NJ (June 7, 2016) – World Bare Knuckle Boxing heavyweight champion Bobby Gunn is deeply saddened by the passing of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.

For the last several years, rumors were circulating of a matchup between Gunn and the backyard fighting legend turned professional fighter.

The two had discussed a match and Gunn personally challenged Kimbo after his courageous come from behind victory over Ken Shamrock in June 2015. Due to what had been said about one another publicly, Gunn thought it may be an intense meeting. Surprisingly, it was the exact opposite.

“I thought there would’ve been a lot of animosity between us since the fight had been discussed and I was pretty adamant about facing him,” said Gunn. “The truth is, and you can see it in the video on YouTube, he was a very nice man. When the cameras were off, we ended up discussing how our sons were both up and coming fighters, our families and other things. At that point, I earned more respect for him as a human being than I ever would have if we fought.”

Last night, Gunn was notified that Kimbo was admitted to the hospital and in bad shape. Shortly thereafter, multiple outlets reported he passed away at 42. As a family man first and fighter second, Gunn was devastated.

“It was very sad to read that he passed, especially at such a young age and so quickly. He has six children and a loving wife that he left behind. Once you got past the rough street fighter, Kevin Ferguson was a very nice person and everybody who met him felt the same way. I’d like to send my condolences to his friends, fans and most importantly his family.

Gunn also plans to pay respects to Kimbo and his family in the ring.

In my next fight, I’ll be defending my bare knuckle championship against Shannon Ritch. The fight is scheduled to be near his hometown of Miami, Florida and I’ll be dedicating the defense to Kimbo Slice. I’d like to personally invite his family to attend the event. 305 forever.”

Upcoming Events at Gleason’s Gym

January 31, 2015

Bare Knuckle Championships

Between Gleason’s Bobby Gunn and Tank Abbott.

Watch it live from Casper, Wyoming at 8:00 pm on PPV.



February 12-13-14, 2015

Seventh Annual Masters Only Clinic and Show


Gleason’s Gym will host it’s seventh annual Masters Clinic and boxing show.

Thursday February 12

Morning will be the arrival into New York.

Orientation will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

The first workout will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

A discussion on Masters boxing will be from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Free time after that.


Friday February 13

Training from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

The afternoon session will run from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

A discussion on Amateur boxing and White Collar boxing will be from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Free time after that.


Saturday February 14

Light training from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

Match ups for the evening show will take place from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

An optional workout for those not competing in the evening show from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The weigh in for the show will be from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

The sanctioned Master Boxing Show will begin at 6:00 pm and will end by9:00 pm.



The cost of the Clinic is $349.00.


If you are interested please contact Bruce Silverglade at (718) 797-2872 or email


February 14, 2015

Master’s Only Boxing Show


You can compete on this Master’s only show without attending the clinic.Just, email our matchmaker Jieun at We now do all our matchmaking by email.


The weigh in for this show will begin at 4:00PM and the first bout will begin at 6:00PM.


All our bouts are sanctioned by USABoxingMetro. All boxers must have their boxing book with them in order to participate.


The ticket price is $25 per person. Children 6 and under are not charged. All gym members and registered amateurs with their books in hand pay $15 per person.



P.S. If you can’t make it but still want to see the fights, they’ll be streaming at

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