Saying goodbye to Bartley Gorman, bareknuckle boxing champion of the world

Pictured is Bare Knuckle fighter, Bartley Gorman "King of the Gypsies" who is seen back in trainig for his final fight after being champion for 25 years. Bartley, 53 of Uttoxeter was due to fight Mr Francis a  33 year old geordie, but the police heard about the illeagal fight and cancelled it.The new heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is said to be related to a legendary figure called Bartley Gorman who was for decades the bare-knuckle champion of the world. I was at Gorman’s funeral in 2002, a day that lives long in the memory. This is what I wrote at the time. Continue reading “Saying goodbye to Bartley Gorman, bareknuckle boxing champion of the world”