Paulie Malignaggi vs Artem Lobov: All the details you need to know about BKFC 6
It’s an oddity, and kind of a budget Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, we are in no way advocating Paulie Malignaggi vs Artem Lobov as a likely showcase of athletic or technical prowess, but it could still be a lot of fun. The faded former two-weight world champion boxer Malignaggi, from Brooklyn, has not fought for over two years, attaining respect in a connected field as a commentator. The sharp talker – who reigned at super-lightweight and welter – is now 38 years old and admits his main reason for joining the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships, group who stage this headline fight as part of BKFC 6, was the lucrative nature of the contract. Lobov, an Ultimate Fighter alumnus with limited reach and footwork but plenty of heart, went 2-5 in the UFC and won his BKFC debut in April, with a gruelling decision over Jason Knight. The close associate of Conor McGregor has seemingly inherited the long-running grudge between the Irishman and Malignaggi, with a bitter build-up seeing the American slap Lobov and spit at the 32-year-old from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.
The bout takes place on Saturday, June 22.
Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa.
Five two-minute rounds.
Live coverage is on Premier Sports (Sky 412, Virgin 551) in the UK from 2am (it costs £9.99) and on ppv in the US from 9pm ET, 6pm PT. The prelim bouts are free on Facebook Live and Fite-TV.