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Bronx streetboxing aims to end gunfights involving booze and loot

We’re breaking the first and second rules of Fight Club.

The Post got a first-hand look at Rumble in the Bronx (RBX), an underground promotion that makes its money from amateur bloodlust, booze and erotic dancers — organizers insist it doubles as a community safety project.

“I’m not a huge fan of people beating each other up, but this was staged pretty well,” said Penny Lee, a professional webcam girl who twerked between rounds while viewers rained down bundles of singles. “It was a cool, safe environment.”

Whether it’s a deli, a self-storage pod, or the back of an 18-wheeler vehicle, the secret locations for RBX shows are always changing. The final scene was a junkyard at Hunts Point, where security checked IDs and searched people for weapons.

Marijuana dealers were invited inside to sell strains called Alien Breath, Jelly Donut, and Captain Cake. A merch station that pulled out of a minibus was selling RBX t-shirts. A local woman delivered chicken and cheeseburger empanadas for $5 each.

Underground fight club Rumble in the Bronx has turned local venues into fight playgrounds.
Underground fight club Rumble in the Bronx has turned local venues into fight playgrounds.
Steve Ferdman

Flatbed trucks became makeshift VIP areas where high rollers ordered hookahs and bottles of Don Julio for $300.

RBX Leader “Killa” Mike Roman gave out 30 cakes donated by Bruckner Pizza, who proudly sponsored the event along with The Print Lab and strip joint Diamond Club.

“It’s about the community,” said Bruckner Pizza owner Oscar, who didn’t give his last name. “I thought it would be a good reason to give something back.”

Rumble in the Bronx is not sanctioned by the State Athletic Commission and is considered illegal.
Rumble in the Bronx is not sanctioned by the State Athletic Commission and is considered illegal.
Steve Ferdman

Metal barricades with pool noodles wrapped around the poles for padding formed the “ring”. Instead of a canvas floor, they used foam mats made from puzzle pieces.

Rookie fighters – some wore jeans – relied on heart and haymaking more than technique, while more than 100 rabid fans cheered and yelled “F-k him up!”

Roman scoffed at tied fighters, saying, “If you’re going to hug someone, hug your girl after the match!” When a boxer’s tissue fell out, he donned it and strutted around the ring, roaring with laughter.

The winners will be determined by the audience.
The winners will be determined by the audience.
Steve Ferdman
Beginners and amateur fighters brawl and throw wild haymakers,
Beginner and amateur fighters fight each other throwing wild haymakers.
Steve Ferdman

DJ Shadow played G-Unit’s “I Smelly P—y” for those who threw in the towel.

When fights went the distance – three three-minute rounds – the winner was determined by whoever received the most applause, and Roman was always careful to praise both fighters as “true ganstas” and “warriors.”

Charles “Kanye West” Woods won the first match of the night. After a 15-minute back-and-forth of combos, uppercuts, and jabs, he and his opponent hugged.

Marijuana dealers are invited to RBX wrestling matches.
Marijuana dealers are invited to RBX wrestling matches.
Steve Ferdman

“This seemed like a great way to test myself and maybe go viral,” Woods said. “I wish I could have done better, but I’m happy to win.”

After a random call, which is encouraged, an overzealous thug nicknamed “The Cuban Sandwich” allowed his opponent free shots to the chin, resulting in a bloody, busted nose.

“I only had one serious injury, but that was because one guy tried to bite another guy, like real Mike Tyson stuff,” Roman said.

Rumble in the Bronx attracts more than 100 rioting fans cheering for blood.
Rumble in the Bronx attracts more than 100 rioting fans cheering for blood.
Steve Ferdman

Fans ranging from truck drivers and construction workers to artists and social media personalities see RBX as entertainment you can’t find anywhere else.

“It just beats chilling around the house or on the go,” says Jonas Leon, who works as a sound producer. “It’s a fun time and you never know what’s going to happen, but I’m also using it to network. Killa Mike is doing something positive. He is a good man.”

Despite all the county’s support, RBX is illegal.

Penny Lee, a professional webcam girl, claims Rumble in the Bronx offers a
Penny Lee, a professional webcam girl, claims Rumble in the Bronx offers a “cool, safe environment.”
Steve Ferdman

RBX is not sanctioned by the state Athletic Commission, which aims to protect fighters from corrupt practices.

“In addition to the potentially serious health and public safety concerns, there are both criminal and civil penalties for hosting fighting underground,” the agency said.

Martin Snow, who runs Trinity Boxing Club in Tribeca, said it was a recipe for disaster.

Penny Lee twerks between rounds as the spectators rain single dollar bills into the ring.
Penny Lee twerks between rounds as spectators rain single dollar bills into the ring.
Steve Ferdman

“Running a serious club these days is not easy and it is not cheap, but it is necessary,” he said. “For the people who cut corners, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed.”

Roman, who said RBX’s motto is “guns down, gloves up,” insisted his goal was to put a double whammy on gun violence and quell personal feuds.

“The drinking, the smoking, the girls — those are all things that people are attracted to,” he said.

Amateur fighters see their opportunity in competing at Rumble in the Bronx.
Amateur fighters see an opportunity in competing at Rumble in the Bronx.
Steve Ferdman

“I’ve done the activism thing before and walked around with signs that say ‘Stop Shooting,’ but that only gets the attention of nonprofits and government types, not the people who actually pick up guns. “

https://nypost.com/2022/08/06/bronx-street-boxing-aims-to-end-shootings-with-booze-and-booty/ Bronx streetboxing aims to end gunfights involving booze and loot

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