Northamptonshire’s Naked Knuckle Boxing (BKB) proprietor stated he’s prepared for this weekend’s “finest evening of fight sports activities” and known as on the general public to tune in if “you want MMA and need to see a scrap”.
Jim Freeman, who was a first-team coach at Kettering City just a few years in the past, co-founded BKB – the one licensed firm selling the game – along with his enterprise accomplice Joe Brown.
Freeman, who lives in Wellingborough, has overseen a fast rise for the corporate because it was fashioned in 2015.
And this weekend Freeman is about to host BKB Lockdown 2 in Manchester on Saturday (March 27), which is about to function Northampton’s Nathan Leeson combat Scott McHugh.
Freeman stated: “It is our greatest occasion. It is being broadcast out in China for the primary time, which supplies us hundreds of thousands of viewers, Germany, Austria, and 40 different international locations in whole.
“We’re stacked with huge fights all the best way all through. You may sit in your house and watch it on a sensible TV and decide 9 digital camera angles to observe the fights from. You might be in management.”
When requested in regards to the results of Covid on the enterprise, which usually sells hundreds of tickets, Freeman stated it has been “irritating”.
He stated: “It has been a bit irritating as a consequence of Covid however, hopefully, on the finish of this 12 months and subsequent 12 months we will likely be again having reveals in entrance of followers and overseas.
“It is fairly unusual and eerie. It impacts the fighters greater than us. For me working, lockdown is simpler, however for the lads combating there’s that buzz lacking that you simply get if you’re in entrance of crowds. It is tougher for them to regulate to that.”
Freeman added that 97 per cent of his income comes from “placing bums on seats”.
For anybody who’s new to BKB and are usually not certain what to anticipate, Freeman stated: “It is the very best evening of fight sports activities. In case you like MMA and need to see a scrap as an alternative of on-the-ground combating then BKB is for you.
“Simply watch it. Give it a attempt. I’m certain you’ll prefer it and it will likely be higher than Povetkin vs Whyte!”
This newspaper additionally received in contact with Northampton’s Nathan Leeson, who stated he’s “assured” going into his bout.
The 34-year-old from Abington stated: “I’m so assured going into the combat. I’ve skilled so exhausting for it and have manifested this second in my head for 3 years whereas sitting in a jail cell.
“Individuals can count on 100 per cent effort. They’ll count on to see slick head motion and excellent counter punching.
“Thanks to everybody for the help and being part of my journey.”
Nathan went to Northampton College for Boys however says he did not full his GCSEs and was kicked out and made homeless from the age of 14.
Those that need to watch the combat can obtain the MVSN app and stream it from there, or purchase the combat on FITE TV.