Lobov-Malignaggi To Bare Knuckle Fight In May
After two years of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi going after one another in the press, on social media, and nearly coming to blows, McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov looks to drop the former world champion boxer.
On Thursday, BKFC president David Feldman confirmed that Lobov and Malignaggi will square off On June 22nd in New Hampshire.
Malignaggi brought up the idea of the two fighting on Thursday with an interivew with Helen Yee from the LV Sports Network.
This will mark Malignaggi’s BKFC debut after signing with them in March, while Lobov was successful in his BKFC debut in April against Jason Knight.
During the fight week for BKFC’s April event, Malignaggi and Lobov would get into an altercation during BKFC media day.
“I need Paulie,” Lobov told MMA Fighting. “I need him wrapped up in bubble wrap. I need him there on June 22, that’s when the provisional date has been set. That’s when I need him. That’s when we get to go at it. Then, we’ll see what happens.”
“If Artem doesn’t have a corner that cares about him, he’s gonna get hurt,” Malignaggi said to Yee outside of L&B Spumoni Gardens in Brooklyn. “He’s gonna get very badly hurt. This is boxing, this is not mixed martial arts. Not to disrespect mixed martial arts but in boxing, people die. People get traumatic brain injuries in one night. This is not mixed martial arts where they’ve had as many traumatic brain injuries since the inception of the sport as boxing gets in one year. This is mainly head strikes and Artem doesn’t know how to defend himself.
“I’m telling you right now, if they don’t pull him out of this fight in the correct way, he’s going to get hurt. He’s going to get permanently hurt. This is actually a very professional fighter against a guy who basically belongs in a tough-man show.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting