Bare Knuckle fight proves ‘I got bigger balls’ than influencers

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By Susan Comstock

Bryce Hall has never been shy with words during his rise to internet and social media fame. 

But sometimes, he believes things speak for themselves. 

Though social media influencers and personalities have flooded to boxing in recent years — most notably Jake Paul — for large paydays, Hall is confident he is taking it one step further. 

He makes his debut with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship on Friday night against Gee Perez (3-0, 3 KOs) as the co-main event of BKFC 48 at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M., in a five-round welterweight bout.  

“Doing this fight itself speaks magnitudes,” Hall told The Post. “I don’t really need to say anything other than I got bigger balls than any of these influencer boxers.

“It’s clear as day.”  

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Bryce Hall spoke with The Post ahead of his Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship debut.

The 23-year-old Hall first rose to prominence on Vine and YouTube before his following exploded on TikTok. 

He boasts 23.9 million followers on TikTok, 6.5 million on Instagram and 1.3 million on X (formerly Twitter). 

Celebrity boxing has erupted in popularity, with influencers leveraging their large followings to create heavily-watched, and lucrative, fights, regardless of their fighting acumen. 

Hall has fought just one other time in his career, an exhibition boxing match against Austin McBroom — another social media star — as the main event of a YouTubers vs. TikTokers card at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on June 12, 2021. 

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McBroom largely pummeled Hall throughout the fight and won via third-round TKO, though it appeared the former somewhat shoved Hall to the ground illegally before the referee stopped the bout. 

“I took a two-year hiatus from the celebrity boxing scene,” Hall said. “I didn’t really get to show my skills. I only trained for two months for that exhibition match against Austin McBroom on his event. Got nervous, didn’t really get to show any of my skill set. 

“Kind of a bulls–t ref, bulls–t call, bulls–t event in general. I wanted to come back after two years. … After I do a BKFC fight, I feel like win or lose I get those money fights right after.” 

Austin McBroom (R.) punches Bryce Hall during their bout on June 12, 2021.
Austin McBroom (right) punches Bryce Hall during their bout on June 12, 2021.
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Austin McBroom (R.) punches Bryce Hall during their bout on June 12, 2021.
Austin McBroom (right) punches Bryce Hall during their bout on June 12, 2021.
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Despite the lopsided nature of the fight, which left Hall’s face badly bloodied, he’s steadfast in his belief that he didn’t get a fair crack. 

“I hopped in there with two months, not even a legitimate two months of serious training,” Hall said. “Ref was clearly on Austin McBroom’s side. If you just rewatch the fight you can see all the bulls–t. If you genuinely put all your hatred for me aside, and you just watch that fight, you can see all the bulls–t that was going on in that fight. 

“Taking the L on the chin as a 21-year-old, with millions of people watching, was a massive learning experience for me. Being humble in a loss, even though I thought the loss was bulls–t, being thrown down in a boxing match and calling it a TKO, is absolutely crazy to me. But I just took the loss, there wasn’t really much I could say.” 

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Bryce Hall believes he was robbed in his loss to Austin McBroom on June 12, 2021.
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Now, he enters what is seemingly only a more vicious, gruesome sport against a trained, experienced fighter.  

Bare Knuckle fighting is exactly what it sounds like — bare-knuckle boxing sans gloves.  

Though he stresses that he will be the toughest opponent Perez has faced in his career, Hall claims that just fighting in Bare Knuckle will elevate him to the stature he needs to secure the opponents he wants. 

Hall admits that fighting is only a current endeavor for him and his brand and not something he sees as a long-term career.

But while he is a fighter, Hall has a clear objective. 

After a rematch with McBroom, Hall wants to fight Deji and KSI, two other influential social media stars who have taken up traditional boxing. 

“I think a lot of these influencers that dedicate their entire life and career path to it, good luck with it,” Hall said. “But I’m just doing this for fun, and I’m probably gonna pass all of them anyway. They would never do [Bare Knuckle], they don’t have balls. I’ll fight them with the pillows on their hands [in traditional boxing]. …

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“I just want to beat all their asses and be like ‘f–k you, peace out influencers.’” 

Hall said he was more focused on promoting and entertaining ahead of the McBroom fight rather than his training. 

This time around, he placed an emphasis on prioritizing his training over the promotion for the fight.

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Bryce Hall’s following exploded on TikTok.
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After making a career based on going viral, Hall went viral for all the wrong reasons against McBroom.

With two years of it weighing on his mind, Hall is anxious to go viral for the right reason. 

“I just cannot wait until everyone can shut up after Aug. 11,” Hall said. “I am a completely different fighter.

“I generate so much power, nobody understands.”

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