CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – Reggie Barnett Jr. was born and bred to fight. In fact, he admits he couldn’t function without it.
Back in the day, he says, if anyone in his neighborhood had any kind of a disagreement, the way they’d settle it was “knuck-to-knuck.”
Knuckles to knuckles.
On Saturday night in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Chesapeake-born Barnett will be going old-school in the ring, when he takes on Travis “The Animal” Thompson in the first legal, state-sanctioned, bare-knuckles matchup in 130 years.
“When they told me, yo, you can fight and don’t have to put no gloves on, and we’re going to pay you for it, I’m like, ‘Yeah! Let’s do this,'” said Barnett, an accomplished mix martial artist and professional boxer with a 6-1 record.
Two years ago, Barnett claimed the Super Featherweight Region title, but had to forfeit that title in order to fight in Saturday’s pay-per-view. Barnett couldn’t resist.
“From now on, forever, when you mention bare-knuckle fighting in the world, you’ll have to mention Reggie Barnett Junior,” he said.
“After you see what happens on Saturday, they’ll know I was one of the greatest; that I am one of the greatest.”
The pay-per-view will start at 9:00 pm eastern time.