Boxing, one of the world’s oldest sports, seems to be in crisis. A multitude of titles, celebrity bouts, and controversial scorecard decisions. Yet, things point to a bright future ahead.
In the 18th- and 19th- century a form of unarmed, bare-knuckled combat developed in rural parts of America. Known as “Rough and Tumble” or “Gouging” it was a no-holds barred combat, known for its brutality. This is the story of one of the predecessors of vale tudo and the UFC.