Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi Bare Knuckle FC Fight Set For New Hampshire


The highly anticipated bare-knuckle grudge match between Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi has a location.

The event will be held on June 22 in New Hampshire where Lobov will face off against Malignaggi at a Bare Knuckle FC event. The date and location were confirmed by David Feldman the president of Bare Knuckle FC, he stated that the precise location and venue has not been set as yet. But is has been reported that Manchester is the most likely contender for the event. The last three Bare Knuckle FC events have been in Mississippi the inaugural event was held in last year.

Lobov established the clash of rivalry with Malignaggi by beating Jason Knight by unanimous decision at Bare Knuckle FC 5 Earlier this month in Biloxi, Mississippi. That confrontation was willing that if Lobov won, he would fight Malignaggi in June.

Malignaggi, the former two-division world boxing champion, has been struggling with Lobov on social networks and in interviews for months. The enmity is due to Malignaggi’s short stay as Conor McGregor’s sparring partner before McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Malignaggi and McGregor, Lobov’s old friend and teammate, had a disorderly division that continues to grow publicly.

Days before the Lobov fight with Knight, Lobov, and Malignaggi had a fight on the Bare Knuckle FC media day in New York. Malignaggi slapped Lobov in the face during a look down. Lobov said at the time that there would be no reprisals.

“I need Paulie,” Lobov told MMA Fighting. “I need him wrapped up in bubble wrap. I need him there on June 22, that’s when the provisional date has been set. That’s when I need him. That’s when we get to go at it. Then, we’ll see what happens.”

On The MMA Hour with Luke Thomas this month, Malignaggi was clear about what he will do when he meets Lobov

“I’m gonna use his face as a dartboard,” Malignaggi said. “It’s not about winning and losing here, because it’s not even a question that I’m gonna win the fight. It’s about how bad I can hurt this guy. For me, if I don’t hurt him to a degree that there’s something permanent there, it’s not a win for me.”

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