Pretty Boy - A Tale Of Bare Knuckle Boxing [5 Live]

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20170715

Johnny I'Anson explores the underground world of bare knuckle boxing in the UK.

Bare knuckle boxing is not illegal...so long as the rules are followed. Johnny l'Anson follows the journey of Scott 'Pretty Boy' Midgley, a bare knuckle boxer from Bradford as he prepares for "the biggest bare knuckle boxing event in modern history".

Often assumed to be the preserve of gangsters and travellers settling feuds, Johnny enters a little-explored world to encounter a host of surprises. Hear him ringside at fights sanctioned and licensed by councils, with the blessing of the police. Where paramedics and doctors are in attendance alongside 2500 fans and online viewers around the world.

Alongside Scott, Johnny meets fighters getting paid thousands a night and flown in from America, and the organisers who believe history will judge them as pioneers of a legitimate, ethical and professional combat sport.

Can one lad brought up on a rough estate in Bradford achieve his dream of becoming "the best bare knuckle boxer on the planet", and shake off his sport's sinister reputation? "Pretty Boy" finds out.

Johnny I'Anson explores the underground world of bare knuckle boxing in the UK.

Bare knuckle boxing is not illegal...so long as the rules are followed. Johnny l'Anson follows the journey of a bare knuckle boxer from Bradford dubbed 'Pretty Boy' as he prepares for what was being billed as "the biggest bare knuckle boxing event in modern history".

Often assumed to be the preserve of gangsters and travellers settling feuds, Johnny enters a little-explored world to encounter a host of surprises. Hear him ringside at fights sanctioned and licensed by councils with the blessing of the police. Where paramedics, doctors on standby watch on alongside 2,500 fans in the audience and online viewers around the world.

Alongside Pretty Boy himself, Johnny meets the fighters getting paid thousands a night and flown in from America, plus the organisers who believe history will judge them as pioneers of a legitimate, ethical and professional combat sport.

Can one lad brought up on a rough estate in Bradford achieve his dream of becoming "the best bare knuckle boxer on the planet"? Can the sport truly shake off its sinister reputation and go mainstream? "Pretty Boy" aims to find out.

20170715

Johnny I'Anson explores the underground world of bare knuckle boxing in the UK.

Bare knuckle boxing is not illegal...so long as the rules are followed. Johnny l'Anson follows the journey of Scott 'Pretty Boy' Midgley, a bare knuckle boxer from Bradford as he prepares for "the biggest bare knuckle boxing event in modern history".

Often assumed to be the preserve of gangsters and travellers settling feuds, Johnny enters a little-explored world to encounter a host of surprises. Hear him ringside at fights sanctioned and licensed by councils, with the blessing of the police. Where paramedics and doctors are in attendance alongside 2500 fans and online viewers around the world.

Alongside Scott, Johnny meets fighters getting paid thousands a night and flown in from America, and the organisers who believe history will judge them as pioneers of a legitimate, ethical and professional combat sport.

Can one lad brought up on a rough estate in Bradford achieve his dream of becoming "the best bare knuckle boxer on the planet", and shake off his sport's sinister reputation? "Pretty Boy" finds out.

Bare knuckle boxing is not illegal...so long as the rules are followed. Johnny l'Anson follows the journey of a bare knuckle boxer from Bradford dubbed 'Pretty Boy' as he prepares for what was being billed as "the biggest bare knuckle boxing event in modern history".

Often assumed to be the preserve of gangsters and travellers settling feuds, Johnny enters a little-explored world to encounter a host of surprises. Hear him ringside at fights sanctioned and licensed by councils with the blessing of the police. Where paramedics, doctors on standby watch on alongside 2,500 fans in the audience and online viewers around the world.

Alongside Pretty Boy himself, Johnny meets the fighters getting paid thousands a night and flown in from America, plus the organisers who believe history will judge them as pioneers of a legitimate, ethical and professional combat sport.

Can one lad brought up on a rough estate in Bradford achieve his dream of becoming "the best bare knuckle boxer on the planet"? Can the sport truly shake off its sinister reputation and go mainstream? "Pretty Boy" aims to find out.