Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov finally collided in an oddly-anticipated main event showdown last night (Sat., June 22, 2019) at Bare Knuckle FC 6 live on FITE.TV pay-per-view (PPV) from Tampa, Florida, as their highly-publicized rivalry culminated with a unanimous decision win by “Russian Hammer.”
The first round was fairly slow as Lobov lunged in for clinches and Malignaggi stuck to light body work. Malignaggi came more alive in the second as he landed crisp jabs and a powerful right hand that launched spit out of Lobov’s mouth.
Malignaggi played defender most of Round 3, but “Russian Hammer” did land a good left hand that had “Magic Man” backpedaling into the ropes. In the fourth, Lobov came alive and bum rushed Malignaggi to land a huge combination that cut the former boxer up. Lobov tried to push the pace but Malignaggi was still there to counter with jabs and head movement, but at least Lobov was able to steal momentum.
The fifth and final frame saw Lobov do some good work to the body but most of the big shots hit air. Malignaggi stayed elusive for the most part and did what he needed to do to survive any sort of last-second finish in the final moments of action.
Despite Malignaggi’s defensive efforts and more precise striking, Lobov was the one who walked away with the unanimous decision win. The judges likely looked at Lobov’s late-fight pressure as the deciding factor in this fight.
Check out the full fight video highlights in the above player courtesy of MMA Fighting.
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