As the sport of bare knuckle boxing continues to grow and gain worldwide attention, new markets are continuing to open up.
Here in the United States, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships has held events in Florida, Mississippi, Wyoming, and in the coming months will travel to Kansas for BKFC 11. Internationally the promotion has traveled to Cancun, Mexico.
One of this coming weekend’s BKFC 10 competitors would like to add to the company’s list of travel destinations as he hopes to one day see Bare Knuckle FC arrive on the island of Puerto Rico.
“I want the belt,” Elvin Brito said when talking about his entry into the promotion’s 155-pound tournament.
“I’m trying to bring bare knuckle to Puerto Rico. I want to ride this train as far as I can,” he said.
Brito, who was born on the island, will welcome hard-hitting Luis Palomino to BKFC in the opening round of the tournament that also features Jim Alers and Kaleb Harris.
The 34-year-old “El Bandido” Brito is currently in his native country of Puerto Rico, putting the final preparations in on fight camp.
“I’m doing a lot of old school training, a lot of hard work,” he said.
Brito enters the tournament coming off a loss to Jim Alers at BKFC 6 in June 2019.
“I got caught early,” he said of the fight. “We had some pretty good exchanges and just like that, in a blink it was over. It sucks to lose like that, but I just went back to the gym and started training right away.”
Brito doesn't want to make excuses for the loss but said, "It was the first time in my career that I missed weight. It just wasn't my night."
With a renewed focus and outlook on life, Brito is ready to take the bare knuckle sport by storm.
"I'm a fighter, through and through," he said. "Bare knuckle suits my style. I have a lot of fight left in me. I'm hungry to fight. I'm anxious to get back in there. I still have love for the fight game."
While his opponent Palomino may be new to the sport, Brito is not overlooking his abilities.
"He's a very exciting fight. He throws quick punches on the inside," Brito said of Palomino. "I think he is the strongest opponent in the tournament. Beating him will be a statement in this tournament. I've got what it takes to beat a guy like that."
The winners in each bracket will advance and face off at a later date with gold on the line.
About BKFC 10
A showdown between Cuban sensation Hector "Showeather" Lombard and hard-hitting David Mundell will headline BKFC 10 as Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) hits South Florida with an explosive cruiserweight main attraction taking place Saturday, February 15 live on pay-per-view from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The co-main event will feature an all-action 155-pound contest between Jim Alers and Kaleb Harris. Also competing on February 15 will be Luis Palomino facing Elvin Britto in a 155-pound bout, as well as Dat Nguyen squaring off against Abdiel Velazquez in a 135-pound fight.
"BKFC 10" will be broadcast across the United States and Canada, exclusively on pay-per-view through MultiVision Media, Inc., on all major television distribution outlets for $29.99. It will also be available to BKFC's international broadcast partners worldwide and via stream to all in-home and out-of-home connected devices through FITE.
Tickets are on sale now at bareknuckle.tv.