In “Rahasya” Book 3 of the Tome Series (due out October 31, 2016) and “The Fight Slave’s Prize”, the character Callisto is a fight slave. His fighting style of choice is bare-hand combat as he prefers to rely on his powerful punches and swings to bring down an opponent. It is largely based on real-world bare-knuckle boxing.


What is bare-knuckle boxing?
Bare-knuckle boxing (also known as bare-knuckle, prizefighting, fist fight or fisticuffs) is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports. It involves two individuals fighting without boxing gloves or other padding on their hands.

While boxing has always included punching, historically it also included grappling techniques like throws, arm locks, chokes as well as kicks. These techniques were banned during the several rule changes which turned classical pugilism, or bare knuckle boxing, into the modern sport of boxing.

“Irish stand down” is a type of traditional bare knuckle fighting where the aspect of maneuvering around the ring is removed, leaving only the less nuanced aspects of punching and “taking” punches. This form of combat was popular in Irish American ghettos in the United States in the late 19th century but was eclipsed in the Irish American community first by bare knuckle boxing and then later by regulation boxing. The Irish stand down is also known as strap fighting or toe to toe.

Professional bouts are now held, created and managed by the World Bareknuckle Boxing Association which itself is not recognized as a sports organization anywhere outside of the United States. Any tournaments are illegal and/or unregulated in most countries today. However, in the British Isles where the sports are still very popular there are efforts for the sport to be brought out of the underground and into the mainstream.


~ Article and image courtesy of Photo of Irish American bare-knuckle boxer John L. Sullivan



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