Things turned ugly during the pre-fight press conference for the upcoming bare-knuckle showdown featuring one of the most heated rivalries to date in Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov.
The former world boxing champion, Malignaggi, will face Conor McGregor’s teammate, Lobov, in the main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 on June 22 at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall in Tampa.
They planted the seed of their rivalry last April when Malignaggi stormed a BKFC media day for Lobov’s debut against fellow UFC veteran, Jason Knight.
Malignaggi slapped the Russian in the face in front of the reporters. A brawl nearly ensued, but both fighters were quickly separated.
After Lobov made a statement win in his first bare-knuckle fight, it was announced that his rival also signed with BKFC and will make his debut against him.
In a heated pre-fight presser on Monday at Dave & Buster’s in Times Square, the rivals got into a heated confrontation once again.
👊 Paulie Malignaggi vs Artem Lobov has now been officially announced for June 22nd in bare-knuckle boxing at a venue in Tampa, Florida. Lobov won his first bout with the BKFC last month; it will be Malignaggi's debut. pic.twitter.com/8FzgpwwekF
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) May 20, 2019
Paulie Drew Flak
The buildup for the Malignaggi vs Lobov bare-knuckle fight continued as another war of words happened during the BKFC pre-fight press conference.
As expected, the faceoff was marred with trash talk, name-calling, and swearing.
The promotion chief, David Feldman, stood between them, as they both hurled insults and talked trash to one another.
Malignaggi then lost his cool when Lobov started pointing his finger at him.
He warned Lobov to stop pointing his finger, but the Russian refused, which forced Malignaggi to give an unexpected (and unsportsmanlike) response.
The former world boxing champion spat at Lobov, which drew the ire of many combat sports fans online, calling Malignaggi “a big embarrassment to the sport.”
Watch the sequence below:
Paulie Malignaggi has gotta be the most pathetic person in combat sports 😤 pic.twitter.com/OnhEi4kPFT
— Uptown Frank (@Uptown_MMA) May 20, 2019
Paulie Vows To Destroy Lobov’s Face
The madness did not stop there as Malignaggi issued more threats to Lobov.
He said during his time on the mic that he will destroy Lobov’s face in their fight next month.
Malignaggi also insulted Lobov’s accomplishment as a fighter, saying he will always be known as a guy who trains with McGregor.
“First of all, get a good look at this guy’s face right now, the way it looks right now.”
“Because next month I’m gonna make it all look like a road map.”
“I’m gonna make this guy’s face look like a road map next month. Permanently, because these scars are not gonna go away.”
“One thing about my career, I’ve always been known as one of the toughest guys in boxing, besides winning two world titles.”
“This guy here, who’s known as a punching bag with a loud mouth, was known as the guy who just trained with Conor McGregor. What is this guy’s accomplishments?”
“You’re a piece of (expletive), and I’m gonna treat you like the dirtbag that you are.”
“Because after I beat the (expletive) out of you, I’m gonna spit on you. I might take out my (expletive) and piss on you.”
“I’m gonna take out my (expletive) and knock your teeth out and piss in that toothless mouth of yours.”
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