Inside UKs bareknuckle boxing scene
The incredible pictures uncover the bloodthirsty events where many fights end prematurely from brutal knockouts
These are the dramatic no holds bar photos that shine a light on the world of British bare-knuckle boxing.
The incredible pictures uncover the bloodthirsty events where many fights end prematurely from brutal knockouts.
Organisers of bare-knuckle boxing insist the fights are above board and legal, although it remains unregulated because there is no licensing body currently in place.
The events state that gloves are banned and fighters are only permitted to wear lightweight wraps and padding.
Bare-knuckle events consist of two three-minute rounds, though they rarely go the distance.
Those competing can only punch and fights are often stopped by the fighter's support team throwing in the towel, or the referee recognising the bout is an unfair contest.
The pictures were taken at an event last year called Blood Sport 2 and was held in an old cotton mill a few miles away from Bolton's town centre.
Photographer Keith Vaughton said: "I think people see these films like Snatch, which portrays illegal, bare-knuckle fights between travellers and they got the wrong impression.
"There was a genuine camaraderie between the fighters. There was none of this, 'I'm going to kill you' or anything like that.
"After the fights, there were hugs, laughs and handshakes. There was no animosity whatsoever."
Bare Fist Boxing Association spokesman, Andrew Bowling, 33, says that organised events prevent illegal, unlicensed fights and the sport is no more violent than MMA.
He said: "There may be concerns among people who don't know about the sport, but it's only bare-knuckle in name.
"The fighters have wraps and padding on their hands. That's to protect the hand and also to protect against cuts to the opponent.
"We don't want to see people getting battered. We're there to watch a sport.
"An unorganised event might take place on a car park where 50 friends of the other fighter show up unexpectedly. That's dangerous and it's not we represent.Read More...