'Bangor Hammer' balances bare-knuckle boxing with lawyer ambitions


Tomos Hughes

BARE-knuckle boxing is not a sport often associated with the legal profession, but an aspiring Colwyn Bay solicitor is doing his utmost to find a common ground.

Seth Jones, aged 46, has been thrust into the limelight following his appearance in a new documentary featured on Vice.com, which looks at how the sport is trying to break out of its underground surroundings.

In his younger years, Jones was just another promising professional boxer whose fledgling career was curtailed by injury - and involvement with crime.

After serving time behind bars for smuggling class B drugs, the father-of-six found a new lease of life following his release and opted to take up a law access course at Coleg Llandrillo.

Seth said: “I was a pro boxer, I had quite a lot of injuries and didn’t really have anything else going for on so I got into the wrong side of life.

“Over the last five years I’ve been aiming to re-build myself. I’m back now to where I should have been all along.

"My life’s really come right round on itself.

“Now I’m aiming to get into the legal profession.”

Along with planning to take his final legal practicioner's course, Seth now spends some of his time as a boxing trainer at Old Colwyn’s Immortals Gym and Bangor University Boxing Club, which he helped set up two and a half years ago.

But it is inside the ring where he still finds his biggest thrills.

After being introduced to Andy Topliffe two years ago, the man behind up-and-coming British bare knuckle boxing organisation B/BAD promotions, Seth was soon back to doing what he loves most - fighting.

Seth said: “I spoke to Andy and he said the aim of B/BAD is to legitimise the sport and take it away from the underground.

“The whole philosophy of legitimising the sport is why I stepped in and gave Andy some help.

"It wasn’t an illegal sport, it just needed some sanctions in place like boxing and mixed martial arts.

“Andy offered me a fight a couple of years ago and I took it.

“It was against Matt Thorn, and I didn’t know how it would go. It wasn’t exactly easy - but I won the fight.”

Known in the B/BAD scene as the “Bangor Hammer”, Seth has developed a fearsome reputation and he now relishes his next bout - often against opponents 20 years his junior.

Seth also uses his new-found legal expertise to help with licensing fights across the UK.

“It’s just certain aspects that needed changing.” said Seth.

“Now it’s refereed and controlled. There’s been no serious injuries so far, just a few bumps and bruises but that’s the nature of the job.

“If it’s a fair fight, I’ll fight anyone, and so far it’s been a pleasure.“

Next up for Seth is a fight for the UK middleweight bare-knuckle boxing title in November, while he also plans to write a book next year, stating, “I’ve got some things I want to get off my chest.”

 'Bare Knuckle' by VICE

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