For Immediate Release: August 29, 2023
Dada 5000 to Oleksandr Usyk: I’ll Ref Your “Bare Knuckle Street Fight” Backyard Brawl-Style and We Can Donate All Proceeds to Soldier Relief Efforts in Ukraine
Miami, FL – The recent Oleksandr Usyk-Daniel Dubois fight continues to draw headlines after controversial alleged low-blows to the champ, with Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk stating, “With all due respect to Daniel Dubois who is our guest and our opponent, it is difficult to express respect for the way they treated the fight, for the way they wanted to get the victory. Sometimes it happens, you hit someone with an illegal blow, yeah it is normal. But when you keep doing this on purpose, it means you have some sort of dirty plan.”
During the post-fight press conference, Krassyuk and Usyk entertained the idea of any rematch being “bare knuckle tomorrow, maybe right now. Not boxing gloves, but a street fight.”
The originator of modern bare knuckle boxing, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris, the founder and brand ambassador for BYB Extreme Bare Knuckle Fighting Series who rose to fame from by staging backyard bare knuckle fights that went viral online and subsequently became the subject of the “Dawg Fight, a Netflix documentary by Billy Corbin, offered the following:
“It was only a matter of time before fighters from all disciplines started recognizing that bare knuckle fighting is the purest and simplest form of combat sports. To have Oleksandr Usyk, the unified WBO, IBF and WBA champion of the world, offer to take his gloves off to settle a beef? Well, that’s right up my alley. I want to invite the champ to come watch his fellow countryman, Mariupol’s Alexander Sitarchuk, fight in the Mighty Trigon on September 16 in Biloxi to see what the sport is really about: two men, no gloves, in the smallest fighting area in combat sports. It’s put up or shut up in the Trigon. Then I’ll personally ref the match between Usyk and Dubois, and we can give all proceeds to a charity of the champ’s choice to benefit Ukrainian soldiers impacted by the ongoing war.”
About BYB Extreme
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 and globally to expand the fanbase growing sport of bare knuckle fighting. For more information on BYB, visit bybextreme.com and follow @bybextreme on social.