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Artem Lobov Picks ‘Someone Easy’ Like Amir Khan As His Dream First Boxing Opponent

Artem Lobov is no stranger to trash talk.

Being Conor McGregor’s primary sparring partner means the Russian is constantly in the presence of the greatest individual to ever spit fire in MMA and now it seems Mystic Mac’s verbal dexterity is playing a huge role in Lobov’s career.

It was indeed this tactic that got ‘The Russian Hammer’ his shot at the supremely talented Cub Swanson at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 108. Lobov endured a rocky start to his UFC career after initially impressing on season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter. Back to back defeats at the hands of Ryan Hall and Alex White put his UFC status at risk but the adopted Irishman has since turned it around with two impressive wins against Chris Avila and Teruto Ishihara.

After Swanson’s incredible Fight of the Year with Do Hoo Choi at UFC 206, Lobov immediately called out the California native to throw down. Most laughed at the challenge, including Swanson himself, however Lobov managed to garner attention online through persistent verbal abuse and this is what eventually got him the fight. Just look at each fighter’s current ranking to back up this claim.

Lobov has been generous when letting other fighters know what he thinks of them and it appears it’s not only MMA fighters who are open to his criticisms.

In a recent interview with Champions, Lobov was inevitably asked about the McGregor-Mayweather situation and the Russian revealed that he would also like to dip his feet into the world of boxing but would like a warm up fight first.

“Look at my style, how could I not be interested in this. I would love to box, but Conor, he’s going straight to the top and he’s going for the best guy out there—Floyd Mayweather.

“For me though, I’d like a warm up fight first.”

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Lobov went on to single out former world champion Amir Khan as his ideal ‘warm up’ fight, referencing the Briton’s inability to take a punch.

“I’d like someone easy first, like Amir Khan or someone like that. That would be a nice and easy one for me. With that glass chin, against me? I’d knock him out, and that would be an easy night for me.

“That’s just me off the top off my head thinking who would be a nice and easy one for me. When I look at how all his fights have gone in the past and how chinny he is, and then I think about the power I have, I see it only ending one way.”

The Russian further added that the single fighting element of a boxing match would benefit him when he said:

“Imagine if I didn’t have to worry about leg kicks. Imagine if I didn’t have to worry about takedowns or anything. Imagine what I’m going to be able to do to him [Khan] then. I definitely fancy my chances with that fight.”

It didn’t take an angry Khan too long to respond to Lobov’s comments, and the Englishman issued a warning to the 30-year-old in his reply, via Twitter, as a prolonged back and forth took place.

Lobov is entering the most important fight of his career this weekend against a seasoned, extremely well rounded opponent in ‘Killer’ Cub Swanson. The Russian has talked a big game as of late and is adamant that his questionable record is down to the fact that he fights the best opponents.

In such a significant make or break situation, one would think Lobov would be more focused on the task at hand rather than picking fights elsewhere.

David O’Donovan, Pundit Arena

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