BKFC 17:

Birmingham, AL is the epicenter of the bare-knuckle boxing world this weekend, as Friday night, Boutwell Auditorium will play host to BKFC 17.

In total, this card features 10 bare-knuckle bouts (all five rounds at two minutes per round), beginning with the free undercard on YouTube and FITE TV at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT this Friday, followed by the PPV at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT (preorder today for $19.99) over FITE TV and participating cable systems through Sports inDemand.

Highlighting the night at BKFC 17 is its main event at Heavyweight.

Originally, Dillon Cleckler (2-0 bare-knuckle) was to have battled Josh Burns (5-4 bare-knuckle) in this headliner, but on Tuesday, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships announced that Cleckler is ailing with a shoulder injury and will not compete Friday night.

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In his stead, Frank Tate (0-1-1 bare-knuckle), who was initially slated to have fought Zachary Calmus (1-0 boxing), will be elevated to headliner against Burns this week.

Calmus will instead face Bobby O’Bannon (2-2 bare-knuckle) at Heavyweight on Friday for his bare-knuckle debut.

Tate vs. Burns:

Contender Comparison:

Heading into the main event on Friday night in Birmingham, Frank Tate is the taller man at 6-foot-4, with Josh Burns standing six feet even.

How they got here:

Frank Tate has yet to win in bare-knuckle competition, most recently battling to a draw against Detrailous Webster on Sept. 26 in Tunica, MS.

In the other corner, Josh Burns has gone 2-3 in his last five bare-knuckle appearances, most recently scoring a second-round knockout of Chris Sarro back in December in Biloxi.

The Tale of the Tape:

Boxrec shows that Burns owns a 3 ½-inch reach advantage (74 ½ inches to 71 inches) over Tate heading into this main attraction.

Prediction: Frank Tate by unanimous decision.

For more information on BKFC 17, access:

www.bareknuckle.tv.

BKFC 17 at a Glance: (Friday)

Prelims: 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, FITE TV and YouTube (free)

Main Card: 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT FITE TV (preorder for $19.99)

 

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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