Are you tired of watching fighters get brutally knocked out and knocked to the mat with no further consequences?
If you answered “yes” to the question above, the latest offering from Russian fighting promotion Punch Club might just be the sport you’ve been looking for.
The world of combat sports has no shortage of unique and sometimes questionable offerings in recent years. Russia is well known for continually producing some of the most dominant and successful fighters in a number of martial disciplines, but the country also seems to enjoy creating these wild, creative, and sometimes dangerous events.
Punch Club had already made a name for themselves in this particular industry after creating “Punch Box”, but their new idea manages to raise the stakes (and the fighters) even further.
A recent clip from the Russian promotion’s Instagram featured “Punch Fall,” where two fighters face off atop a shipping container suspended over a body of water. The fighters, outfitted in hand wraps and what appear to be boxing shoes, trade punches as a referee watches from the edge of the container.
As you would expect from such a setup, the fight ended when one fighter was hit hard enough to knock him off balance and fall into the water below. The loser recovered quickly and could be seen swimming as a group of spectators watched from the shore.
While the loser of this particular fight presumably had no problem swimming out to land on their own, the concept obviously raises concerns in case a fighter gets knocked out before landing in the water.
Based on the attire of the fighters and the action from the clip, the new event appears to be a bare knuckle boxing-style affair. If there is a plan for an MMA version and the fights are being fought out of a similar sized shipping container, a careless takedown attempt could easily result in one or both fighters swimming.
Punch Club’s Instagram post claims that “you’ll see the full version on the channel soon.” Since the image of an MMA fighter missing a takedown and flying through water has now been released around the world, prepare for Punch Club to present a version of the idea in the near future.
What do you think of Punch Club’s latest combat concept? Should future fighters start working their backstroke as hard as they do their boxing?