BKFC Debuts in Norfolk, VA, March 24th with two World Title Fights! Reggie Barnett Jr. Vs. Gustaf Cedermalm & Britian Hart Vs. Jenny Savage
Tickets Now On-Sale!
Philadelphia, PA (February 27, 2023) Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, The World’s Fastest Growing Combat Sports Promotion, will make their long-awaited debut in Norfolk, VA with BKFC-39 set for Friday, March 24 at the renowned Scope Arena.
BKFC-39 is headlined by the BKFC Bantamweight World Championship between Champion Reggie ‘EAZ-E’ Barnett Jr. and Undefeated Challenger Gustaf ‘Forehead Forward’ Cedermalm in addition to a Women’s BKFC Strawweight World Championship between Champion Britain Hart and Challenger Jenny Savage in a highly anticipated rematch.
Tickets for BKFC-39, starting at $35 are Now On-Sale at BKFC.com. The Scope Arena is located at 201 E. Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510. BKFC-39 will also be broadcast internationally as part of the BKFC+ Subscription for $7.99 per month on the New BKFC App – The Best Value in Combat Sports. BKFC-39 is sponsored by Only Fans, Crescent Tools, LIONS NOT SHEEP and Knockout Gummies.
‘Norfolk and the state of Virginia has been at the top of our targeted destinations for live events,” said David Feldman, President of BKFC. “We’ve listened to the fans who have been traveling from that area to our events on the East Coast and we’re anticipating a very large and passionate crowd of BKFC fans on March 24 at the Scope Arena.”
“Reggie Barnett and Britain Hart have been with BKFC since the beginning almost five years ago and have grown with us in popularity as a company. Both of their world title defenses at BKFC-39 are explosive matchups that promise fireworks from the opening bell.”
A veteran of BKFC since the promotions’ first event in June 2008, the popular Barnett, (8-2), of Chesapeake, VA won the BKFC Interim Bantamweight Title by defeating Jarod Grant on July 23, 2022 at BKFC Fight Night Tampa 2. He followed that up in style with a shutout five-round unanimous decision over the undefeated Geane Herrera on November 5, 2022 at BKFC-32 in Orlando, FL. Among Barnett’s other victories include wins over former boxing world champion DeMarcus Corley (BKFC-16), Abdiel Velazquez (BKFC-12), Matt Murphy (BKFC-10), Rusty Crowder (BKFC-5), Clay Burns (BKFC-2) and Travis Thompson (BKFC-1). Barnett’s only losses have come to former world champion and BKFC Legend Johnny Bedford.
The Swedish born Cedermalm, (1-0), now residing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, burst onto the BKFC scene making huge news in his debut by defeating MMA veteran Alex Castro at BKFC Thailand 4 on December 9, 2022. Showing a world class bare-knuckle skill level, Cedermalm stopped Castro in the fourth round in the best performance at the event and among the best in the BKFC Thailand series (Click to Watch). Prior to joining BKFC, Cedermalm compiled a record of 20-3 in regional bare-knuckle events.
Co-featured at BKFC-39, BKFC Women’s Strawweight World Champion Britain Hart,
(6-3), of Bedford, Virginia will defend her title in a long-awaited rematch against Jenny Savage,
(3-1), of Clarksville, TN. In an exciting fight at BKFC-19 on July 23, 2021, Hart stopped Savage at the end of three action packed rounds.
Most recently Hart has dominated in two career-defining victories; a unanimous decision over arch-rival Bec Rawlings at BKFC-26 on June 24, 2022 and a decision win over Charisa Sigala at BKFC-29 on September 10, 2022. The victory over Rawlings was a revenge clash from her split decision loss to the Australian at BKFC-2.
Hart also holds victories over combat sports superstar Paige VanZant in an unforgettable fight at KnuckleMania 1 in Tampa, FL and MMA veteran Pearl Gonzalez at BKFC-21 in Miami, FL.
Since her first fight against Hart, Savage has racked up impressive wins over Delaney Bailey at BKFC Tampa on December 9, 2021 and Veronika Dmitriyeva at BKFC-29 on September 10, 2022.
Additional fights for BKFC-39 will be announced shortly.
All BKFC events are broadcast on the New BKFC App for $7.99 per month, THE Best Value in Combat Sports!
Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) is the first promotion allowed to hold a legal, sanctioned, and regulated bare knuckle event in the United States since 1889. Based in Philadelphia, and headed by President and former professional boxer David Feldman, BKFC is dedicated to preserving the historical legacy of bare knuckle fighting, while utilizing a specifically created rule set that emphasizes fighter safety. BKFC holds all of its bouts in a revolutionary circular four-rope ring, designed to encourage fast-paced and exciting bouts. The patented BKFC “Squared Circle” contains scratch lines, based on the Broughton Rules which governed bare knuckle fighting in the 19th century, and which requires fighters to “Toe the Line”: start every round face to face, and just inches apart.
In BKFC, only those fighters who are established professionals in boxing, MMA, kickboxing, or Muay Thai are allowed to compete. The referees and judges are required to have extensive professional combat sports experience. All fights are held under the auspices and control of an Athletic Commission. Unlike other fighting organizations and combat sports internationally which claim to be “bare knuckle”, but require wraps, tape, and gauze; BKFC is true to its word as fighters are not allowed to wrap their hands to within one inch of the knuckle. This makes BKFC unquestionably the truest form of bare knuckle fighting. BKFC is dedicated to not just creating the safest, most exciting, and highest-level bare-knuckle fighting organization in the world, it’s also leading the way for a new fully recognized professional combat sport. BKFC is truly the sport of the future, which fully respects its remarkable past.
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