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Nottingham bare-knuckle boxer in rare ‘double knockout’ as both fighters hit canvas

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A bare knuckle boxer from Nottingham narrowly lost out after a rare ‘double knockdown’ which saw both fighters on the canvas. A video of the fight between Nottingham-born Andy Goy and Liam Hodgson, from Huddersfield, has gone viral with more than a million views worldwide.

Footage of the fight at Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre on May 14 includes a rare ‘double knockdown’ with both men hitting the floor after taking big blows to the face. Andy, however, ended up losing the fight by a convincing knockout, Yorkshire Live reports.

Up-and-coming bare-knuckle boxer Liam, 24, is delighted a video of his first-round knockout of Goy had gone viral. Liam managed to jump back up but says the Nottingham fighter was out for quite some time.

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Liam, who works as a door supervisor in West Yorkshire and is a former rugby league player with amateur side Siddal in Halifax, has been working hard in recent months to get in shape for bare-knuckle fighting. He has been training hard and lost six stone. He boxes in the cruiserweight category and stands at 5ft 6ins tall and weighs around 90kgs (14 stone approximately).

The run-up to the fight involved a 12-week training camp at Left Jab boxing in Huddersfield town centre. It involved fitness, boxing, cardio work, strength work, and a lot of sparring. Liam, who played for the Huddersfield Giants academy side when he was 15 and 16, said: “It’s not often that you see two lads throwing bombs at the same time and landing. I hit him on the chin.”

He added: “I trained hard and I backed myself to win. Not all bare-knuckle boxers are as bad as they look. I have stayed in education, I am a grafter, and the vast majority are family lads and soft as teddy bears.”

The fight was promoted by Ultimate Bare Knuckle Boxing (UBKB). Liam has taken part in four fights so far and says he is aiming to work his way up the ladder “one by one” until he brings a championship belt home.

Liam thanked his sponsors, Conor Kavanagh of CK sports massage therapy in Marsh, Huddersfield; and Liam Kavanagh, and Jon Power, of LJ Kicks.

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