Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi are set to square off in the bare-knuckle boxing fight heard around the world Saturday night in Tampa, Florida.
It’s a fight that has been rumoured for the longest time and whether you agree with the sport of bare-knuckle boxing or not you cannot deny the appeal of such a grudge match given the intense rivalry that has spiralled out of control since Paulie Malignaggi first flew to Las Vegas to help Conor McGregor prepare for his record-breaking boxing match-up with Floyd Mayweather back in 2017.
Since footage was leaked of McGregor supposedly knocking Malignaggi down in sparring, the two-time world champion has consistently thrown tirades of abuse the Irishman’s way. Famed MMA coach, John Kavanagh, has also fell victim to Malignaggi’s insults as well as SBG stablemate, Lobov, hence the reason we are gearing up for the ultimate grudge match on Saturday night.
Malignaggi has done his utmost best to promote this fight and has on occasion overstepped the mark. So far, the New Yorker has slapped Lobov in the face and spat on his opponent. He has also irked the MMA community after thanking the “stupid MMA fans” for making the fight a possibility.
All that has led to Saturday night where the two men will finally come face-to-face in a combat sports contest that is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. While many experts hold that bare-knuckle boxing is arguably safer than MMA or boxing there can be no denying that the inevitability of bloodshed turns most viewers away.
Ahead of the grudge match, The Mac Life have produced an excellent preview show telling the story of how these two men came to collide which you can watch below.