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Lobov Reveals That He Was Approached To Face Malignaggi in 'Boxing' Rematch

MMA veteran Artem Lobov revealed that he was recently contacted by a boxing promoter who approached him with a proposal to stage a rematch with former two division champion Paulie Malignaggi.

Back in June 2019, Lobov won an upset five round decision over Malignaggi in the main event of a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship card.

The proposal, according to Lobov, was to face Malignaggi under traditional boxing rules.

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Their discussions had no time to play out, says Lobov, because the focus of the entire planet shifted to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic - and sporting events are shelved for the time being.

But Lobov is interested in the idea.

“Certainly [I’d rematch Paulie Malignaggi]. I have had some inquiries about that as I had a boxing promoter reach out to me and ask if I’d be interested in a pro boxing match against Paulie. With the coronavirus, all of that was put on hold but certainly I’d do it. Pro boxing has been something I’ve thought about for a long time. I think it would be a good first opponent for it," Lobov told bjpenn.com.

Lobov has continued to compete in BKFC, but has no idea what could be next for him - although he feels BKFC bantamweight champion Johnny Bedford could be a possibility.

“That is probably one of the fights. They spoke to me about Johnny Bedford as well. He is the champion at 135 and is 5-0 in BKFC at the moment,” Lobov said.

“He has some noise behind him, but he needs some more exposure. He’s a solid fighter. So, I think it would make sense as he needs some push and a fight with me would do that for him. There are many fights for me.”

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Comment by EDDIE SPERM on 04-11-2020

It should happen #ForDaCulture

Comment by revelated on 04-02-2020

[QUOTE=pittapatta66;20493896]people counting out lobov were r3tarded, the same as the ones that believed ronda would beat floyd in any combat sport or that conor would beat floyd in the ring. artem is a professional ATHLETE who trains MMA and can…

Comment by pittapatta66 on 04-02-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20493876]I've watched BKFC, yes. I was the LONE voice around here telling people that Artie Lobov would beat Paulie. Don't watch MMA as much as I used to. Like I said. If Mark Nelson or Paul Sita is the ref,…

Comment by revelated on 04-02-2020

[QUOTE=pittapatta66;20493835]Pick your ref and make your bet, I am confident enough to bet it all on Paulie. Btw, do you watch any MMA/bareknuckle?[/QUOTE] I've watched BKFC, yes. I was the LONE voice around here telling people that Artie Lobov would…

Comment by pittapatta66 on 04-02-2020

[QUOTE=revelated;20492942]The only difference would be gloves. Artie Lobov beat Paulie with his fists, period. If Mark Nelson or Paul Sita is the ref, Paulie takes another L and again embarrasses himself. That fight depends on the ref. If it's someone…

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