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Extremely rare fight footage of Britain's most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson

Jess Battison

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Extremely rare fight footage of Britain's most notorious prisoner Charles Bronson

Despite his high hopes and attempts, Charles Bronson won’t be released from prison anytime soon.

However, in a blast from the past, Bronson, one of the UK’s most notorious prisoners, got himself stuck into a boxing match during one of his last jaunts before his long stint locked up.


Bronson was originally jailed on armed robbery charges in 1974 and 1988, before receiving a discretionary life sentence with a minimum term of four years in 2000 for holding a prison teacher hostage for 44 hours.


He became one of the first prisoners to ask for a public parole hearing in recent years, sitting before judges earlier this year.

But the 70-year-old’s request was denied by the Parole Board in March, so the bloke’s staying behind bars.

And anyway, you're really here to see the fighting, aren't you?

The extremely rare footage, which has sat on YouTube for years, shows that while Bronson might have a reputation for mindless violence, he's actually got some fairly decent technique to back it up.


Of course, he's no Floyd Mayweather, and obviously very angry during this fight, but what exactly were you expecting, anyway?

There is a large part of the video where he is simply leathering his opponent, but there are some decent fends and jabs involved in the short bout that suggest a more technical side.

Bronson fires off a shot. Credit: Mirage Publishing
Bronson fires off a shot. Credit: Mirage Publishing

Eventually, one of those fends leads him into a massive counter punch, leaving his opponent sparked out on the canvas.


He probably got away with one there, too. How many of us would volunteer to spend more than two minutes in a ring with Bronson now?

As the crowd becomes an angry mob following Bronson's increasingly vicious punches, a gun can be seen to fall onto the floor of the ring.

Bronson has a reputation for violence which extends to attacking prison officers, hostage-taking and rioting.

That being said, Charles believed that he'd managed to rehabilitate himself in prison.


While his 'son' George Bamby was being interviewed on podcast Anything Goes with James English in March 2021, Bronson dialled in for a chat and said: "I could be out at the end of this year.

Charles Bronson has spent most of his life behind bars. Credits: Getty
Charles Bronson has spent most of his life behind bars. Credits: Getty

"We've just won in the High Court, I've got a public parole hearing, I'm just waiting for the date. We're gonna smash it mate.

"Because, for the last 50 years, paroles have been held behind closed doors. Now, I've got a new law, they've got to be in the public.


"I can have the media in, I can have the public in, there's no more sweeping my case under the mat."

He added: "My legal team, they all believe in me but at the end of the day there's only really one person that's gonna get me out, and that's myself.

"The way I've been behaving for the last few years, there's no reason why I can't get out.

"Now, if I don't get out this year, it's almost certain I'll be getting out next year, early next year."

Bronson, who was born Michael Gordon Peterson, continued: "The average screw - prison officer - who opens my door, they'd release me tomorrow because they know I'm no danger to the public.

"I'm not a murderer or a rapist, I could live next door to anyone and they wouldn't know I was there.

"They go on about rehabilitation - I've rehabilitated myself!"

Well sure, because that went well for him didn’t it?

Featured Image Credit: Mirage Publishing

Topics: UK News, Charles Bronson, Crime

Jess Battison
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