On June 22, in the main event of BKFC 6, Artem Lobov will meet retired boxer Paulie Malignaggi in a blockbuster, bareknuckle grudge match.
As this fight draws closer, Artem Lobov is beginning to worry that Paulie Malignaggi won’t make weight. Apparently, however, that’s pretty much his only concern surrounding the fight.
Lobov gave his take on this upcoming showdown in an interview with The Delve.
“It’s only nine or eight weeks now until the fight,” he said (transcript via The Mac Lifes). “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 fucking 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?”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/26/2019.