With $40,000 On The Line, Gypsy Travelers Throw Bombs In Fight Of 2018
Bare-knuckle boxing goes back to ancient times, well predating our now-loved and practised gloved variety of the sport. Whilst it is a distant memory in most echelons of society, bare-knuckle boxing is still alive and well in the traveller community of Great Britain. The video below features highlights from a particularly infamous fight last in 2017 between feuding lads Davey Joyce and Patrick ‘Bigfoot’ Nevin. Whilst the Joyce and Nevin clans have a long feuding history, this encounter came swiftly after ‘Bigfoot’ disposed of Davey’s brother Joe ‘Hulk’ Joyce in a prior fight.
A picturesque location chosen for the bare-knuckle showdown was sunny Hemel Hempstead, north of London. Fights between travellers are often seen as lucrative with each family putting up an equal sum of money, held by a neutral and awarded to the winner’s clan. It was reported that this fight was worth around US$40,000.
The seesawing encounter has been praised by fighting aficionados as technically, very sound. The two respect each other’s power and demonstrate excellent defensive skills. The shots that make it through these defences strike with venom, leaving destruction on the faces and bodies of the two men.
At many points throughout the fight, the referees, of which there are two, step in to break the pair apart and to even try to convince them to call it a day. However, their contempt for one another runs deep and strong, spurring them to continue.
The fight in total lasted more than 30 minutes with the gruelling encounter not even tossing up a clear winner. Despite the multiple attempts at breaking up the fight, the two appeared to be still throwing jibes at each other as their hands were forced by the two referees into a strained handshake.
Whilst we are not sure who took home the winner’s purse, you could be sure that it was the debate of many a gathering thereafter. The families still feud to this day, so perhaps a rematch is on the cards. One thing is almost certain: we will see the Joyces and the Nevins at it again.