FIGHT SPORTS was live for the official announcement presser for Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi’s showdown for the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship from Midtown Manhattan.
Close up of face-off where Malignaggi spits on Lobov:
Lobov’s Exclusive post-conference comments to FIGHT SPORTS
Prior to Lobov’s BKFC debut in April, Malignaggi confronted the fighter during a media workout at Mendez Boxing in New York City, slapping the former UFC fighter.
Malignaggi has taken issue with Lobov, because of Lobov’s closer friendship with former UFC double champion Conor McGregor. McGregor enlisted Malignaggi as a sparring partner prior to his 2017 fight with Floyd Mayweather. Soon after they sparred, photos and video were leaked showing McGregor dropping the former world champion boxer, which incensed Malignaggi.
Since then, Malignaggi has demanded a fight with McGregor inside a boxing ring and a BKFC ring, claiming he would end McGregor, and that he’d gladly to the same to Artem Lobov.