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Scott Burt President of the Bare Knuckle Boxing Hall of Fame in Belfast, New York been endorsed by the late great historian and publisher of The Ring Magazine Bert Randolph Sugar.  In February of 2016 Scott was also authorized by the iconic National Police Gazette to be the sole acknowledger of Bare Knuckle Boxing Champions and sole issuer of belts to represent such.  Steve Westlake, the current publisher of the National Police Gazette, stated “The task, honor, and responsibility now belongs solely to Scott Burt, President of the BKB Hall of Fame in Belfast, New York.  His unselfish dedication to preserving the sport’s amazing history with class and dignity is impressive.”

 

 

Holder of National Police Gazette-Authorized

WORLD Championship Belt:

BOBBY GUNN (71-0, 71KOs) Hackensack, New Jersey

Linear holder of The National Police Gazette’s Bare Knuckle Boxing World Heavyweight Championship Belt

first awarded to Jake Kilrain in 1887 before being famously won from him in 1889 by The Great John L. Sullivan.

Gunn is only the third man in history to own it.  It is now under complete control and authority of BKBHOF

President Scott R. Burt; the only man in the World authorized to name BKB World Champions

and issue belts representing such since the Gazette did so 130 years ago.

 

 

1.      Danny Batchelder (44-0, 44 KOs)

(Glens Falls, New York - USA)

2.      Kevin Ferguson AKA Kimbo Slice (31-1, 31 KOs)

(Nassau, Bahamas)

3.      Shannon Ritch (25-2, 25 KOs)  

(Coolidge, Arizona - USA)

4.      Dhafir Harris AKA Dada 5000 (47-0, 47 KOs)

(Miami, Florida - USA)

5.      Sharif Kemp (36-0, 36 KOs)

(Atlanta, Georgia - USA)

6.      Dan Biddle (19-0, 19 KOs)

(Hockessin, Delaware - USA

7.      Anthony Caputo (17-0, 17 KOs)

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - USA)                                                           

8.      Jamie Hearn (30-0, 30 KOs)

(Colnbrook, Berkshire - UK)

9.      David Whittom (10-0, 10 KOs)

(Quebec City, Quebec - CANADA)

10. Michael Ferry (5-0, 4 KOs)

(Newcastle upton Tyne - UK)        

         

 

 Holder of National Police Gazette-Authorized

AMERICAN Championship Belt:

Danny Batchelder (44-0, 44 KOs) Glens Falls, New York

Linear holder of The National Police Gazette’s Bare Knuckle Boxing American Championship title, last held by

The Great John L. Sullivan; he won it by defeating Paddy Ryan in 1882 and was given it by Gazette publisher of the time

Richard K. Fox.  Batchelder is only the second man in history to own it.  This title is now under complete control

and authority of BKBHOF President Scott R. Burt; the Gazette named him the only man in the World

authorized to name Champions and issue belts representing such.

 

Top 10 Ranked AMERICAN Heavyweight Contenders:

 

1.      Shannon Ritch (25-2, 25 KOs)  

(Coolidge, Arizona - USA)

2.      Dhafir Harris AKA Dada 5000 (47-0, 47 KOs)

(Miami, Florida - USA)

3.      Sharif Kemp (36-0, 36 KOs)

(Atlanta, Georgia - USA)

4.      Dan Biddle (19-0, 19 KOs)

(Hockessin, Delaware - USA)                                                       

5.      Anthony Caputo (17-0, 17 KOs)

(Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)

6.      Mark Brown (14-2, 14 KOs)

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)                                                                    

7.      Nelson Lopez, Jr. (11-2, 11 KOs)

(Pahokee, Florida)

8.      Mike Liberto (8-1, 8 KOs)

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

9.      Ricardo Marquez (12-3, 12 KOs)

(Phoenix, Arizona)

10. Ruben Albino (13-4, 13 KOs) 

(Ocean City, Maryland)

 

 

Lists were derived from extensive research based on witness accounts, quality of opponents, individual fight styles, submitted records, potential for upward movement, and input from around-the-world experts.