The bare-knuckle fighting world is abuzz with excitement as BKFC welterweight and lightweight champion Luis Palomino gears up to defend his lighter title on June 23.
The electrifying fighter will take center stage at BKFC 45, a highly anticipated event hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Standing across from him in the ring will be the formidable No. 1 contender, James Lilley, making this a showdown of epic proportions.
At 42 years old, Palomino has established himself as one of the most dominant forces in the world of bare-knuckle fighting. His unparalleled skill and unrivaled determination have propelled him to the top of the sport's rankings, earning him the distinction of being regarded as the best pound-for-pound bare-knuckle fighter in the game today. Since transitioning from MMA to bare-knuckle fighting in 2019, Palomino has yet to taste defeat, amassing an impressive 8-0 record in the bare-knuckle arena.
Palomino's last outing in December showcased his extraordinary talent as he stopped Tom Shoaff in the fourth round, further solidifying his status as the king of bare-knuckle fighting. The victory joined a list of other notable wins, including triumphs over the likes of Dat Nguyen, Tyler Goodjohn, and Jim Alers. With every fight, Palomino continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in the ring, leaving fans in awe of his raw power and technical prowess.
However, the challenge awaiting Palomino in James Lilley should not be underestimated. Lilley, himself undefeated in bare-knuckle boxing with a record of 7-0-1, has emerged as a fierce competitor within the BKFC ranks. With three wins under the BKFC banner and an impressive background in leading UK promotion BKB, Lilley has proven time and again that he possesses the skills and resilience necessary to pose a legitimate threat to Palomino's reign.
BKFC 45 is shaping up to be an unforgettable event, and Palomino versus Lilley will undoubtedly be the main event to remember. While no other fights have been announced for the card at this time, the spotlight will undoubtedly be fixed on these two exceptional athletes as they step into the squared circle to test their mettle.
Mark your calendars, fight fans, and prepare for an explosive evening of bare-knuckle action. Luis Palomino and James Lilley are about to deliver a battle for the ages, leaving an indelible mark on the sport and etching their names into the annals of bare-knuckle fighting history. This is one event you won't want to miss.