Decca ‘The Machine’ takes up training in Hawick

From left, Stuart Oliver, John Slorance, Decca Heggie and Greg Dalgleish
From left, Stuart Oliver, John Slorance, Decca Heggie and Greg Dalgleish

Bare-knuckle boxing (also known as bare-knuckle, prizefighting, or fisticuffs) is the original form of boxing, closely related to ancient combat sports

The first bare-knuckle champion of England was James Figg, who claimed the title in 1719 and held it until his retirement in 1730

The sport involves two individuals fighting without boxing gloves or other padding on their hands

The difference between a streetfight and a bare-knuckle boxing match is an accepted set of rules, such as not striking a downed opponent

Bare-knuckle boxing was never outlawed but with the emergence of the Queensbury Rules and gloved bouts in 1867 it shrank into the back streets

There are currently efforts for the sport to be brought out of the underground and into the mainstream

Bare knuckle boxer Decca Heggie

Bare knuckle boxer Decca Heggie