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Author: Stayton Bonner Narrator: to be announced Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781549168444
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Former Rolling Stone editor Stayton Bonner ventures inside America's secret illegal underground fight world - and meets its modern-day gladiators.

Just when you think you've heard all the grizzled-fighter-taking-one-last-swing-at-redemption stories, along comes Bobby Gunn - the first bare-knuckle boxing champion in the U.S. in more than 120 years. Undefeated through 71 fights, Gunn, 42, rules the circuit, an underground network of pro boxers, mixed martial arts fighters and street brawlers who enter the ring without gloves in empty warehouses and mobster McMansions for as much as $50,000 a night. It's dangerous and bloody and illegal almost everywhere - a secret world run by organized crime. And for Gunn, a devout Christian journeyman boxer using the prize money to put his seven-year-old daughter through private school, it's his only shot at a better life. "Everybody wants to take me down, brother, and make a name for himself," he says. "I've gotta watch my back."

Bare Knuckle is a fast-paced portrait of today's illegal underground bare-knuckle world - a Rocky story, only more bizarre, populated by street brawlers, mobsters, and a modern-day gladiator bent on upending America's first sport. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Stayton Bonner is a former senior editor at Rolling Stone who has written for publications including Men’s Journal, Outside, and GQ.

About the Narrator

Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She’s currently a culture writer for GQ magazine and GQ.com and a weekly columnist at the Guardian, as well as the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. In January of 2015 she wrote and recorded a story for This American Life about confronting an internet troll who impersonated her dead father.