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Everything You Need To Know About Artem Lobov Vs. Paulie Malignaggi

Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi will finally throw down inside the ring in what is being called the biggest bareknuckle boxing match of the era.

And to be honest, even though it doesn’t have too much in the way of competition for that title, we are starting to get that big-fight feel from the admittedly bonkers pairing of Lobov and Malignaggi.

With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know ahead of tonight’s showdown at BKFC 6.

Where is it?

The Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida.

How can I watch?

The fight will be broadcast over PPV through FITETV – which can be accessed through the official website of BKFC, here

For those in Ireland or Great Britain, the fight can be bought on Premier Sports for £9.99.

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 22: Artem Lobov of Russia is introduced in the Octagon prior to his featherweight bout against Cub Swanson during the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on April 22, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

What time does it start?

The main card will begin at 2pm Irish/UK time with Artem and Paulie set to begin their respective walks closer to 4am.

Who else is fighting?

UFC veterans Chris Leben and Johnny Bedford will also feature on the card, taking on

We actually had the opportunity to speak to the former TUF star Leben just prior to the announcement of his showdown against Dakota Cochrane.

What are the rules?

The pair will fight for five rounds with each round set to last two minutes. Unlike regular boxing, exchanges in the clinch will not be broken up within seconds of starting although knockdowns will be dealt with using a ten-count.

On the subject of the ‘bareknuckle’ aspect of the fight, the official website of BKFC states the following:

“Unlike other fighting organizations and combat sports internationally which claim to be “bare knuckle”, but require wraps, tape, and gauze; BKFC is true to its word as fighters are not allowed to wrap their hands to within one-inch of the knuckle. This makes BKFC unquestionably the truest form of bare knuckle fighting.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.