In an all-star fight card at the 02 Indigo Arena on March 30, UFC veteran Brad Pickett will make his bareknuckle boxing debut.
He will take-on Mark Handley in his first foray into a new sport at BKB 16. With an expansive body of work crafted in the UFC bantamweight division, Pickett has been around the block.
After losing to Iuri Alcantara and Urijah Faber in 2016, followed by Marlon Vera in 2017, he retired from combat sports. However, having re-discovered his desire to compete, Pickett is ready to make a comeback.
Besides the headliner, it is a stacked card. BKB are building their own names and many of those stars are on the March 30 card.
The slick but powerful cruiserweight, Mason Shaw faces the fresh and promising talent, Jack Draper.
Shaw came-up short against Just Grind MMA’s Kevin Thompson at BKB 14 in a thrilling British title fight. Shaw will look to get back in the win column against Draper. His combination of heavy hands and slick movement is reminiscent of another cruiserweight, the gloved undisputed world champion, Oleksandr Usyk.
Jack Draper has been impressive since his ungloved debut at BKB 11, where he dropped a game journeyman, Shannon Rich twice with just jabs. The second time Rich touched the canvas was the last knockdown of the bout. He knocked out another opponent in round 1 at BKB 13. Can Draper triumph in the biggest fight of his career so far?
Mark Godbeer, a former UFC fighter and BAMMA heavyweight champion will make his bareknuckle debut on the card. He will fight for the BKB British title against Mickey Parker.
Although he came up short, Sean ‘Smudger’ Smith fought out a thriller with Chris Trezise for the British Middleweight championship. Smith is a slugger and in this bout he faces James Connelly with the intention of advancing in the BKB prizefighter. The tournament sees fighters vying for a shot at £10,000.
CJ Mills is set to defend his British light heavyweight title against the charismatic, Daniel “Lionheart” Lerwell.
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