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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Bare-Knuckle Fighting Comes Out of the Shadows

  • Bare-knuckle fighting is finally coming out of the shadows after years as an illegal, underground sport.
  • Author Stayton Bonner embedded himself in that world. He joined the podcast to explain its workings.
Austin Lajiness (left) of Detroit and Jarid Jackson (right) of Wayne settle their long time beef with each other during a bare knuckle fight at a Pick Your Poison Detroit event in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood on Sunday, June 19, 2021. After the tense fight the two finally shook hands and watched the rest of the matches without any issues. Pyp038

Bare-knuckle fighting has long existed as an underground sport. Now, sanctioned fights and more mainstream investors are coming in. Author Stayton Bonner explored that world, gaining trust and access to undisclosed locations and sources connected to organized crime syndicates that funded many fights. He joins the show to peal back the cover.

Plus, a deal that more than doubles the earnings of many Las Vegas Aces players is being investigated by the WNBA, Marvin Harrison Jr. is being sued by Fanatics, and someone paid nearly $1 million for the most important napkin soccer history.

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