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Bare Knuckle (2016)
The Boxer, a quiet man with a history of losing fights, comes to Mickey McDonnell begging for a fight, but the only thing he can offer the failed pugilist is an impossible match with Bruiser, an unbeaten brute twice the boxer's size, and if he loses he owes Mickey twenty fights as payback.


“Violence alone does not render bloodsports interesting.

Lovers of cockfighting take no pleasure in seeing livestock

butchered in slaughterhouses.

Only violence in the context of fair combat affords genuine

displays of fortitude and honor.

The ability to accept violence yet place limits on it, to

order mayhem with rules and a spirit of gallantry is the true

measure of a civilization and surest bulwark of freedom”

-R. Payne Knight, Eulogy of Boxing and Cock Fighting - 1806

--TEXT fades out.

From the black we hear two heavy axes chop into thick wood.


Four feet off the ground, two men stand on planks notched in

a twenty-foot-wide American Chestnut, chopping with vigor.

Both Irish. One cut from steel, KIERAN. The other big and

burly, GRADY, who begins to tire.


I’ll be glad to put these damn

behemoth chestnuts behind me.


You’re too good to be joining up

with the Chichesters. A bunch of

thievin’ cutthroats, they are.


I live in the slums of Manhattan,

same as you. How else do you ward

off all those bloody top hats?


Trouble’s easy enough to avoid if

you don’t go looking for it.

Grady stops chopping, breathing heavy. Kieran’s pace is



The states have been at war for

over a year now. The streets of New

York run lawless. Trouble finds ya

all on it’s own.



Keep that axe moving, Grady. My

girl’s got her first singing gig at

the Know Nothings tomorrow and I’m

not missing it on account of your

lazy hide.

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David Matillo

David Matillo was born on September 22, 1983 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Bangkok Hilton, Bare Knuckle and Fight Land. more…

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