I recently watched (more or less) the Netflix documentary Dawg Fight which takes a sordid look at the world of backyard boxing in Miami, Florida.
While some fighters such as Kimbo Slice have clawed their way up past the backyard bare knuckle into the world of professional fighting where the pay is at least halfway decent (although most professional fighters make less than six figures), many fighters spend their whole “careers” at this level, getting CTE and other damage for little money.
Of course, many of these fighters are doing it not completely for money but for the rush and the local pride.
I think these fights are instructive since they are the close to the sort of street fight many of us have as a general focus of our training. When we have our hypothetical discussions about the “opponent,” the fight parameters are basically like these matches, minus the grappling and kicking and weapons.
These are bare knuckle matches between amateurs who probably don’t know much about each other and the object of the fight is the knockout or debilitation of the other fighter.
The fight I’ve highlighted here occurs at the 28 minute point and I want to take a look at it because it is a classic one two knockout in which the second punch is “blind.”
This is an important point in fighting. The knockout is often the one we “didn’t see coming.” Its something about not being able to tense the jaw muscles or something — I’ve heard various theories about why this happens.
But it’s an anecdote your hear repeated from everyone who writes about street fighting, from Geoff Thompson to Marc MacYoung to Peyton Quinn and so on. The hidden hand is the knockout hand. This is often the cross or the uppercut.
In this case, its the right.
Left. Right. Out.