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Big Knockout Boxing brings safety concerns

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Two Big Knockout Boxing fighters square off at Mandalay Bay during a weigh-in on Friday, Aug. 15. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5) Two Big Knockout Boxing fighters square off at Mandalay Bay during a weigh-in on Friday, Aug. 15. (Jon Castagnino/FOX5)

Big Knockout Boxing will debut in Nevada with a 10-fight card on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

BKB executives said it's not here to replace traditional boxing, just be different.

"They play tennis on grass and clay and hard court. This is just a different environment for the sport," said BKB executive director Bruce Binkow.

There are no ropes, there are no corners in BKB. The fighters are locked into the middle of what's called a pit, with nowhere to run or hide.

"Fast-paced, forward-moving, offensive, toe-to-toe," is how Binkow described it.

In BKB, the rounds are two minutes versus the traditional three, and last five or seven rounds versus the traditional 10 or 12.

Gabe Rosado will be fighting in Saturday's main event against Bryan Vera.

Rosado has fought in traditional title bouts in Las Vegas and believes there's less risk in the pit.

"It's risky of course because it's fighting. But I think what's more risky are the 12-round fights where you're in a war, and I know guys that go into comas or pass away," said Rosado.

"I think that's silly," said Dr. Dale Carrison in response to that reasoning.

Carrison is the chief of staff at University Medical Center and has personally treated boxers with traumatic brain injuries.

"If the round is 30 seconds and you get knocked out in the first 30 seconds, what's the difference in the consequences if you get knocked out in 30 seconds or 2:45 seconds? It's still the same brain injury that knocked you out," Carrison said. 

BKB said fighter safety is their top priority and are going beyond the minimum requirements for medical personnel for Saturday's bouts.

"It's a new group and we want to make sure we're covering every base. Everything that we can think of we have thought of," said Binkow.

There are tickets still available for Saturday or the fights can be ordered on pay-per-view.

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