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Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 11:00 am

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BKB Revives The Knockout In Boxing

LAS VEGAS, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The knockout punch will be

revitalized this summer with the launch of Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) -

a new, more intense, toe-to-toe action-packed version of boxing

designed to bring back what fans have missed most about the sport -

the electrifying knockout. BKB will hold its premiere event Saturday,

Aug. 16 in the boxing capital of the world at the Mandalay Bay Events

Center in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. PDT and will be a Pay-Per-View (PPV)

event available on DIRECTV as well as cable and telco providers

through iN DEMAND for $29.99.

BKB's stacked card of bouts, which will be announced in the coming

weeks, features a main event with two of the hardest-hitting,

well-respected young fighters, Bryan Vera and Gabe Rosado. Vera

hailing from Cedar Park, Texas and Rosado from Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania, will square off in "The Pit" for what promises to be an

epic battle with the Middleweight World Championship up for grabs.

Developed by a team of industry veterans and licensed by the Nevada

State Athletic Commission, BKB features shorter and fewer rounds with

a significantly smaller fighting space, referred to as "The Pit." With

no ropes or corners, The Pit forces offense and offers nowhere to

hide. This unique format is designed to deliver a higher intensity

level, maximum action and amazing knockouts, all of which have been

declining with conventional boxing.

BKB fighters will use eight- and 10-ounce boxing gloves (depending on

weight class). Rounds will last two minutes as compared to boxing's

three-minute rounds and MMA's five-minute rounds, and the fights will

last between five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven rounds

for championship bouts.

"Virtually all of boxing's transcendent stars now reside in lower

weight classes and are known more for their ability to 'score' their

way to victory rather than delivering the unforgettable knockout

finishes fans love most," said Alex Kaplan, BKB co-commissioner. "We

aim to bring back the glory of the knockout, and as much as we love

and respect the sweet science of conventional boxing, we believe

legions of fans will appreciate the non-stop level of intensity,

aggression and action that BKB offers."

"BKB is an amazing new concept that will revitalize the industry,

provide great opportunities for athletes and offer fans more ways to

see their favorite fighters compete," said Bruce Binkow, executive

director of BKB. "I am proud to help shape this terrific new concept

in the evolution of the sport and look forward to watching it grow to

new and exciting heights."

The BKB Pit comprises a central circular footprint spanning 17 feet in

diameter - about half the size of a conventional boxing ring. The

significantly smaller dimensions leave fighters little room for

"avoidance" tactics, forcing them instead to stand and fight in a more

proactive manner. The outer portion of the BKB Pit features a slightly

raised and padded "safety zone" where fighters may retreat in

situations where they feel it necessary for an added measure of

safety. The absence of ropes actually reduces the ability for fighters

to be cornered or "pinned" in a manner where repeated blows are

commonly experienced within a conventional boxing ring format. If and

when fighters intentionally choose to step into the safety zone, they

are given a standing eight count by the referee. There are no point

deductions assessed for accidentally stepping into the safety zone.

However, judges will certainly take this into account when assessing a

fighter's level of aggression and proactive nature throughout a fight.

The BKB Pit also provides significant enhancements to the viewing

experience for fans in attendance. "Coliseum-style" seating provides

unobstructed views from every angle giving bouts a gladiator-era feel,

where fans are literally on top of the action.

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.

About BKB: Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) is a

close-range form of boxing that encourages and rewards proactivity,

aggression and technical precision. The sport, led by Co-Commissioners

and Executive Producers Jon Gieselman, Alex Kaplan and Chris Long, is

designed to provide a more action-oriented and intensive form of

boxing. BKB places a heightened emphasis on close-range offensive and

defensive boxing techniques, precision punching within its unique

format. For more information on BKB format, rules, events and

fighters, visit www.bkb.tv

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140713/126549

SOURCE BKB

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/CONTACT: Mike Whitmark, The Brand Amp, (562) 546-6008, mike@thebrandamp.com

/Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140713/126549

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