Travellers in 30-minute bare-knuckle “bloodbath” so brutal the crowd plead with them to stop


A SICKENING video shows two “travellers” covered in blood and bruises after a bare-knuckle fight that lasted for 30 minutes.

Onlookers who turned up to enjoy the fight were so appalled they repeatedly pleaded with the men to stop but were ignored.

Eventually the punch-drunk fighters were forced by the “referees” to stop battering each other, shake hands, and call it a draw.

The two men, named in the video as Davie Joyce and Michael Navin, battled each other in front of a crowd in a wet, abandoned car park in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

They were said to be fighting over an “unsettled argument” between both families who had been calling each other out on Youtube.

The bloody battle has been shared widely on social media, with one clip racking up 200,000 views

Facebook page Bare Knuckle Fighting shared the clip, which now has over 200,000 views and 1,400 likes.

The footage begins with two referees, one from each of the warring families, explaining the rules before the pair begin to exchange blows.

A crowd of men stand watching in the rain at a “secret location” in the town.

At one point, the man named as Davie Joyce, wearing black shorts, manages to burst his opponent’s nose within the first five minutes.

The man named as Michael Navin, wearing grey shorts, is undeterred and continues to exchange blows with his rival despite blood pouring from his face.

The two punch, jab and scrap with each other on the slippy wet concrete as the battle unfolds.

At seven minutes into the fight both men are told they can shake hands and walk away, but ignore the referees’ pleas and continue to exchange blows.

The referees try to force them to shake hands after 15 minutes of fighting, but the pair are unmoved by onlookers’ appeals to them to stop.

Both men end up with blood covering their hands and torsos, and Navin’s face continues to stream with blood through the entire fight.

The fight ended in a draw, with both fighters being forced to shake hands and concede that the fight was over.

Ifran Iqbal, who filmed the fight, said: “The fight took place at a secret location around Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

“The fight between Davie Joyce vs Michael Navin started at 15.22 hours to be precise. It was very cold and wet, the fight lasted for 32 minutes and was agreed a draw by both fighters.

“Both referees, known as ‘fair play men’, were cousins to each fighter.

“The fight was over a long term unsettled argument via YouTube challenges to each other to honour their family name.”

Both men were covered in blood by the end of the half an hour long fight

Social media users had mixed opinions over the half an hour long battle.

Patrick McDonald said: “Good f******* fight. Two tough men, fair play to them both.”

Nicola Hooper commented: “Why do you allow it to become a blood bath? Call it a day.”

Glen Reenan added: “Beats any fight this year. Boxing, UFC, the lot. Great fight.”

While Ben Eldridge said: “That’s how shit should be solved. Not like these d***heads that run around stabbing each other, have a straightener and that’s it done. Respect to both men.”

Parish Mcbride Sr. joked: “Two of the best dancers I’ve ever seen.”

And Sean Kelly said simply: “Well that was boring.”

Footage emerged earlier this month of a brutal “traveller” fight where one man ended up knocked out cold with one punch.

The powerful blow knocked the bare knuckle brawler to the ground of an empty car park with a sickening thud.