Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov was face off for the first time as officially-scheduled opponents ahead of their Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 showdown on June 22.
Three years ago, if you had told any fight-fan worth his salt that the former TUF finalist mixed martial artist Artem Lobov and the former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi would be competing against each other in a bareknuckle boxing PPV main-event, they’d have likely laughed in your face.
And in truth, it’s a ridiculous concept but make no mistake, there is a genuinely intriguing narrative to be found between these two – one that should no doubt serve up an intriguing war of words at today’s presser.
Although it was Conor McGregor, and not Lobov, who had done Paulie wrong in his eyes – the boxer, from what we can tell, has been taking great pleasure at the idea of fighting one of the Irishman’s closest friends and training partners.
The press conference will be streamed live on FITE.tv ahead of the pair’s fight at BKFC 6 on June 22.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena