LAS VEGAS – BKB, known for its action-packed, close-range style of boxing, will present its third event highlighted by an inaugural Heavyweight Championship bout between BKB veteran Julian Pollard and former K1 Heavyweight Tyrone Spong at Mandalay Bay Event Center on June 27 at 10 p.m. ET. A knockout will earn the winner of the title fight a $30,000 bonus.
In addition to Spong’s BKB debut, BKB3 will also feature another MMA veteran in Light Heavyweight Chris Spang as he faces off against Samuel Horowitz.
Once again, BKB’s exclusive HitChip technology, which debuted at BKB2 last April, will provide instant punching power and velocity data for pay-per-view viewers. To add some additional HitChip excitement, $10,000 bonuses will be awarded for the “punch of the night” and “BKB HitChip hardest punch.” BKB3 will be available on PPV from DIRECTV and DISH, as well as cable and telco providers through IN DEMAND and Vubiquity for $29.95.
“Our first two events delivered on BKB’s promise of a more intensive and exciting form of boxing’s sweet science,” said Alex Kaplan, BKB Co-Commissioner. “Based on the talent we’ve assembled for BKB3, we believe the fans will once again be treated to an exciting night of knock-down, drag-out boxing in the Pit.”
The BKB debut of two MMA veterans reinforces BKB’s commitment as a truly contemporary combat sport that caters to proven, credible athletes across boxing and MMA.
“Our aim from the beginning was to feature great fighters, whether they be conventional boxers or MMA athletes, who demonstrate great boxing and striking skills. Ultimately, it is all about delivering unparalleled action in the Pit for our fans,” said Kaplan. “As for MMA athletes, they have to have consistently demonstrated boxing and striking skills in the cage. If they are ‘strikers’ that excel on their feet, they are welcome in BKB.”
While the complete fight card is not yet finalized, the current list of confirmed bouts includes:
· Heavyweight: Julian Pollard – Brockton, MA vs. Tyrone Spong – Miami, FL
· Light Heavyweight: Chris Spang – Las Vegas, NV vs. Samuel Horowitz – Chicago, IL
· Jr. Middleweight: Janks Trotter – Calgary, Canada vs. Ed Paredes – Hollywood, FL
· Lightweight: Travis Castellon – Ft. Lauderdale, FL vs. Arturo Quintero - San Jose, CA
· Jr. Middleweight: Anthony Castellon – Ft. Lauderdale, FL vs. Antonio Johnson – St. Paul, MN
Developed by a team of industry veterans and licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, BKB features shorter and fewer rounds. BKB utilizes a unique format designed to deliver a higher intensity level, maximum action and amazing knockouts, all of which have been declining with conventional boxing. BKB Rounds last two minutes compared to boxing’s three-minute and MMA’s five-minute rounds. Fighters, using eight- and 10-ounce boxing gloves (depending on weight class), go five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven rounds for championship bouts.
Season three of BKB “Unfiltered” will return this summer on DIRECTV’s Audience Network, channels 101 and 239. “Unfiltered” provides viewers an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the sport of BKB and insight into the fighters training regiments with never-before-seen interviews before they battle in “The Pit.”
Tickets for BKB3 are available and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box office or ticketmaster.com. For more information on BKB or how to catch all the hard-hitting knockouts, please visit BKB.TV. To join the conversation and get updates use #BKB and follow BKB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.