In less than two months, former two division champion Paulie Malignaggi will make his debut in a bare-knuckle boxing match.
Malignaggi will face UFC veteran Artem Lobov, on June 22nd, in the main event of BKFC 6.
Lobov is a close friend and training partner of UFC superstar Conor McGregor – who happens to be a bitter rival of Malignaggi.
A few weeks ago, Malignaggi and Lobov were involved in a scuffle during a media workout.
A war of words became physical when Malignaggi slapped Lobov in the face.
Lobov believes Malignagg is out of shape and won’t be physically ready for their encounter.
“It’s only nine or eight weeks now until the fight,” Lobov told The Delve, via The Mac Life.
“He needs to learn the trade of the clinch. He needs to learn the different pace. He needs to get in shape because he just came off the couch. Big fat pudding. I’ve seen him. Who is going to coach him now? He needs f***ing weight watchers to coach him. That’s who he needs to coach, because he’s just a fat guy off the couch. He asked for the fight to be at 154-pounds when he used to fight at 140. What does that tell you? Lazy and fat. Can’t make the weight. Doesn’t want to make the weight. Doesn’t want to stop eating the pizza. Doesn’t want to put the box of donuts down.
“I find it hard to even worry about this fight. What is he going to do? Even in Conor’s spar for example, they did the twelve rounds but the only reason he somehow made it to the twelve round’s end because he did nothing. He was very, very passive. He never let the right hand go, he threw a couple of jabs and covering up the whole time. The head gear and the big gloves, of course, that saved him.
” So what’s he going to do? Honestly, I’m just thinking back to that spar where I got to witness him live, watched a bunch of his fights now, what’s he going to do to me?”