Famous bare-knuckler Paddy Doherty nearly has ear bitten off in street fight
Paddy Doherty is a well-known Irishman hailing from Manchester in England. Gaining fame through many avenues, Paddy got his start through bare-knuckle boxing before going on to star in the classic ‘Pikey’ reality comedy, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. He was named and featured as one of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men adding to his notoriety as a fighter to be reckoned with. To add to all this, Doherty won Celebrity Big Brother in 2011, probably because housemates were scared of his reaction to being voted out!
Bare knuckle boxing is the original form of boxing and uses no padding on the hands. It has always been brutal with the rate of injury a lot higher than after gloves were adopted. The style was abolished around 1889, and modern boxing took its place. One of the purest forms of bare-knuckle fighting was known as the ‘Irish Stand-down’. It involved less footwork and punch-avoidance technique. Rather, the style focused on the fighter’s ability to take punches and deliver his own. For obvious reasons, fighters who dodged seemed to last longer in the sport.
In the video it is apparently Paddy’s cousin Johnny Joyce who stopped Doherty in the middle of the street, jumping out of his car to start trouble. The synopsis at the end of the video says that Doherty had no choice but to fight and hold his own.
Doherty seems to adopt the old ‘Irish Stand Down’ technique and is already a bloody mess by the time the video opens. Blood streams down his face and is soaking into his jumper. During the ugly scrap, Doherty had his ear partially ripped off by a Joyce bite, requiring reattachment later.
The men break a lot of bare-knuckle rules such as striking opponents whilst they’re down and biting appears to be okay! There sure is a lot of ill-feeling to the encounter which is expertly commented by a heavily Northern-accented cameraman.
Check out the fight on the player below.