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Artem Lobov goes toe-to-toe with boxer Amir Khan in epic Twitter battle

Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

While it’s hard to live up to Conor McGregor’s standards, Straight Blast Gym power puncher Artem Lobov is trying his very best to stand out. Not only is the 30-year-old meeting Cub Swanson later this evening (Sat., April 22, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 108 live on FOX Sports 1 in Nashville, Tennessee, for his first main event bid, but he recently set some time aside to challenge boxer Amir Khan to a superfight. It’s no coincidence that Lobov is making this type of noise right before his biggest UFC appearance to date, especially considering McGregor is finalizing his own superfight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“I would love to box, but Conor, he’s going straight to the top and he’s going for the best guy out there—Floyd Mayweather,” said Lobov in a recent interview with “For me though, I’d like a warm up fight first.”

“I’d like someone easy first, like Amir Khan or someone like that,” he continued. “That would be a nice and easy one for me. With that glass chin, against me? I’d knock him out, and that would be an easy night for me.”

After learning of Lobov’s harsh words, Khan took to Twitter and coaxed “Russian Hammer” into an entertaining war of words.

For now, Lobov will have his hands full with Swanson. If he can get past him tonight at UFC Fight Night 108 and work his up the crowded featherweight ladder, then maybe he’ll get his own superfights down the road. Until then, he has no business calling out one of the best boxers in the world. will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 108 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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