The Brooklyn-born brawler was the main event at Bare Knuckle Boxing’s BKFC6 with former UFC star Lobov, a friend of Conor McGregor, whom Malignaggi sparred with before the former fought Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
The feud began there and only blossomed since, culminating in a five-round unanimous decision victory (by three scores of 48-47 each) for Lobov, who improves to 2-0 in BKFC.
“I pretty much got the worst of everything,” Malignaggi said after the loss. “I got a sh*t decision and I made a tic-tac-toe board out of his face with my left hand.”
Malignaggi, wearing shades to cover multiple deep cuts on his face after the bout, says his right hand was broken. He removed the shades to say that he was hit “literally in one clinch,” which is confusing because he sported cuts around both his left and right eyes.
The boxer seldom engaged in exchanges with Lobov, who stands at 13-15 as a mixed martial arts competitor. Malignaggi retired from boxing over two years ago with a record of 36-8 with seven knockouts and two World Championships.
Malignaggi continued to attack the decision after.
“In round five he didn’t do anything at all, literally” he said. “A couple times off the spin-offs I went off-balance and he kind of grazed me with some shot and maybe the judges thought the punches caused me to go off-balance.
“This is also a problem when you have a state that has a fight every 50 years,” he continued. “You have judges who don’t know what they’re watching, who don’t know what they’re doing, and then you get this.”
As for Lobov, he’s glad to finally put the rivalry to rest.
“For me, I will always respect a fighter who shows up and Paulie showed up,” he said. “If you would offer the same thing to many other boxers, they probably wouldn’t have shown up to this fight. I take my hat off to them. He’s always been a fighter and he still is.”