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.
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