Although unlicensed boxing is not illegal it can be seen as a rougher, more brutal side of the sport. Unlicensed fighters are boxers who are not licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control and often have everyday professions outside of the ring. Unlicensed boxing covers a wide range of fighters and fighting contests but this doesn't mean that the fighters are taking part in anything illegal. Most are matches staged in leisure centres, nightclubs and halls with gloves, referees, trainers and medics. However, some of the fights are not staged under strict conditions and would not meet the criteria set up by many organizations. Today there are few main promoters who organize matches around London.
The pictures I am showing have been taken during the events organized by Mean Machine Promotions, run by Joe Pyle.