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BYB 18 International Cup Bare Knuckle Teams Announced for Inaugural US v UK Tournament

BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series and BKB Announce BYB 18 Inaugural Police Gazette International Cup Teams for First-Ever Tournament-Style Event Pitting US v UK-Based Fighters

BYB 18 will be held Sunday, June 25 at the Indigo at the O2 in London.

Miami, FL – BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series CEO Gregory Bloom, along with BKB President Jim Freeman and BYB Matchmaker Mel Valenzuela announced the teams and matchups for the Inaugural Police Gazette International Cup tournament.

The 2023 inaugural installment will take place at BYB 18 on June 25 at London’s Indigo at the O2 in BYB’s patented Trigon ring and under BYB bare knuckle fighting rules.  The competition will consist of nine match-ups featuring American BYB fighters going against BKB’s UK-based fighters, with the promotion scoring the majority of victories to be awarded the Police Gazette International Cup. In addition to the nine tournament matches, BYB 18 will feature an additional three bare knuckle matches, showcasing BYB’s continued expanding roster of international talent.

When the event was first announced, Bloom said, “Working with BKB and the BKHOF, we’ve come up with a marquee event pitting the best against the best in bare knuckle that will crown an annual cup champion among the promotions.  It’s Ryder Cup meets combat sports.”

The current lineup, subject to change is as follows:


Tommy Turner v Barrie Jones (C)

Jarome Hatch  (C) v Marko Martinjak 

Cub Hawkins v Tom Stokes

Shelby Cannon v Tamlyn Kappen

LT Nelson v Dan McGraffin

Robert Serna v George Hillyard

Henry Williams v Tony Lafferty

Matthew Phillips v Paul Hilz 

Isaiah Quinones v Martin Reffell


Originating in South Florida with backyard legend Dada 5000, whose backyard fights gained worldwide popularity online, BYB was founded to harness the excitement of bare knuckle fighting into a more structured product for a wider, more mainstream audience. Since 2015, BYB has worked diligently to grow the reach of bare knuckle on both a domestic and international level, hosting events in Wyoming, Mississippi, Florida, South Carolina, London, and Dubai, and is continuing to work with athletic commissions throughout the United States globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle fighting. For more information on BYB, visit and follow @bybextreme on social.


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