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Stayton Bonner

Bare Knuckle: Bobby Gunn, 73-0 Undefeated. a Dad. a Dream. a Fight Like You've Never Seen.

Bare Knuckle: Bobby Gunn, 73-0 Undefeated. a Dad. a Dream. a Fight Like You've Never Seen.

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In this riveting debut book from acclaimed journalist Stayton Bonner, the grisly and captivating world of underground bare-knuckle fighting is exposed through the life of Bobby Gunn, one of the sport's most dominant, charismatic, and complicated figures.

Based on the acclaimed article in Men's Journal

Soon to be a major motion picture

Undefeated in seventy-one fights, Bobby Gunn rose to become the undisputed champion of bare-knuckle boxing. He ruled the circuit, a nationwide underground network of pro boxers, mixed martial artists, and anything-goes street brawlers who square off without gloves in empty warehouses and mobster McMansions for as much as $50,000 a fight. It's dangerous, bloody, and still illegal almost everywhere--a secret world run by organized crime.

Stayton Bonner combines you are there reportage and impeccable research to capture the lurid subculture of this sensational sport and the complexities of one of its most dominant figures.

This is a knockout of a book.--Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated writer

A remarkable story of triumph and heartbreak.--Don Winslow, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Cartel

Author: Stayton Bonner
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Published: 01/31/2023
Pages: 370
Weight: 0.00lbs
ISBN: 9781982650711

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 08/23/2021
Booklist 09/01/2021 pg. 29
About the Author
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Stayton Bonner is a former senior editor at Rolling Stone. His journalism has appeared in publications including GQ, Esquire, and Outside. "Champion of the Underworld," the 2016 Men's Journal article that was the basis for this book, was nominated for the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. This is his first book.

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