Paulie Malignaggi has issued a lengthy statement after his defeat to mixed martial artist Artem Lobov at BKFC 6 last weekend.
In the end, the animosity seemed to be left in the ring as both men departed on Saturday – which in some ways is surprising, given how incredibly heated the dynamic between the two was.
It was also surprising to see how little of the clear tension between both parties translated into action inside the ring.
The fight wasn’t exactly the thriller that welcomed Lobov into the sport alongside Jason Knight two months beforehand but in many ways, the shock that came about from Artem upsetting the odds sent even greater tremors through the world of combat sports.
And while the decision on the part of the judges was one that was met with agreement from a good portion of those who tuned in, Paulie, in particular, felt as though his distance game and sharp jabbing were enough to earn him the victory.
Taking to his official Instagram, the former two-time world champion boxer explained his thoughts on the fight and how an injury to his hand in the second-round left him all-but-unable to carry out his gameplan from the third onwards.
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Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things. Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it. People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I've always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I've always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands. And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way. You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough. After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat. I assure you its not an enviable position but I'm glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy. Respect to @rushammer who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career . Here are some pics of my hands after Saturday nights fight . @bareknucklefc
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena