Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov's much touted possible fight in Bare Knuckle FC took another step towards happening today as the duo clashed during a media event.
It has been widely reported that former UFC athlete Lobov will face off against Malignaggi this year in BKFC. Malignaggi, who famously sparred Lobov's team-mate Conor McGregor while he was preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather, has been outspoken in recent weeks about the possibility.
On Tuesday, the pair came face-to-face and Malignaggi slapped Lobov at Mendez Boxing in New York.
? Paulie Malignaggi just slapped Artem Lobov at a media event for their BKB careers...
— Darren Russell (@DarrenRussell_) April 2, 2019
Malignaggi signed with BKFC earlier this year and is set for a June debut against a to-be-determined opponent. Meanwhile, Lobov is scheduled to fight UFC veteran Jason Knight. He is currently sparring with several Irish boxers, including Dubliner Victor Rabei.
"He was in Mcgregor's camp for the Mayweather fight..." ?
— Balls.ie (@ballsdotie) March 20, 2019