It has recently been announced that James “Lights Out” Lilley of Swansea, Wales is next in line for a shot at the BKFC Lightweight title currently held by Luis Palomino. Since transitioning over from MMA to bare-knuckle Luis has amassed a perfect 8-0 record and become the first two-weight world champion in BKFC’s company history when he stepped up and won the Welterweight title in June of 2022. It’s fair to say that James has also made the transition to bare-knuckle seamlessly, with his most recent win under the BKFC banner coming in February of this year taking him to 3-0 within the promotion and his overall bare-knuckle record to 8-0-1, firmly placing him as the Lightweight division’s number 1 contender. Growing up as a youngster in Townhill he trained at the Gwent Amateur Boxing Club where he developed a love for combat sports (boxing in particular) from there he went onto compete in more than 70 amateur fights.
The Lightweight Title bout is set for the main event of BKFC45 taking place in Hollywood on Friday, June 23rd. James finally getting his well-deserved title shot, as he’s been near the top of the Lightweight rankings since making his BKFC debut in April of 2022 and seems to be gaining fans every fight. Not a man to back down from a challenge, in his first attempt at World Championship glory he will be standing opposite the aforementioned Luis Palomino, not just the two-weight world champion but also the number one ranked pound-for-pound bare-knuckle fighter on the planet. I bet James is feeling good about his decision to put the boxing gloves down, as he’s now one victory away from making history and bringing a World title home to Wales. In his spare time James enjoys reading and writing poetry, a true example of never judging a book by its cover. The bare-knuckle poet will have my backing and I’m sure the rest of Wales will be cheering him on come fight night, as previously mentioned by no means an easy task but one I’m sure he can get done, bring it home “Lights Out”.