Paulie Malignaggi Offered A Boxing Match Against Artem Lobov
Former WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi could be set to continue his rivalry with Artem Lobov, inside a boxing ring. The two met previously inside the Bear Knuckle Fighting Championship ring at BFKC 6, where after a gruelling five round barn-burner, ‘The Russian Hammer’ managed to edge the experienced boxer to a unanimous decision victory.
Speaking on The Schmozone Podcast (as transcribed by BJPenn.com), Malignaggi confirmed that a boxing promoter has offered him a rematch against foe, Lobov.
“Yeah, a boxing promoter reached out to me in December about possibility doing a boxing match with Artem Lobov — a regular boxing match. I said ‘Yeah, if you know how to do it and you have the money, sure, I’ll hear you out.’
“They were going to do it somewhere pretty cool, it was actually going to be not in the United States, it was going to be all set-up and whatnot,” Malignaggi added. “It all sounded really good, but usually saying it and doing it is different. I can tell you I’m going to the moon tomorrow, but it doesn’t mean I’m actually going to go to the moon. So I said ‘yeah, ok.’ I told them ‘I’m not even going to bring this up to my team. I’m not going to bring this up to my team until I have some structure and an organized offer first.”
Speaking to BJPenn.com himself recently, Lobov also confirmed that a boxing promoter had approached him about boxing Malignaggi.
“I have had some inquires 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,” Lobov said. “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.”
Would you like to see Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov take their rivalry to the boxing ring?