Since rematches are all the rage these days, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight slugger, Artem Lobov, is willing to board the Do-Over Express in an effort to run it back with ex-boxing champion, Paulie Malignaggi.
Not because the world needs another five rounds of sloppy ring work, but rather because “The Russian Hammer” wants to legitimize the upcoming Logan Paul vs. KSI pay-per-view (PPV) fight card, also topped by an unnecessary rematch.
“I’ve heard that he hasn’t stopped complaining, but if he wants another go, I would be more than willing,” Lobov told The Mac Life. “Let’s do it again. He can try it again. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on him and giving a few more digs. It’s something that I don’t think I would ever get sick of, so why not?”
Lobov won an uninspired decision after months of back-and-forth trash talk. The feud was started when Malignaggi had a falling out with “Hammer” homie Conor McGregor, who was using the shopworn pugilist to prepare for Floyd Mayweather in summer 2017.
“If he doesn’t want to do it in the bare-knuckle, we can do it straight up boxing,” Lobov continued. “Why not? Maybe me and him could be another fight, this time a real fight on the Logan Paul and KSI card. There are some boxers on there, as well. That card is making a lot of noise, and I need some real fights, a legit fight, and me and Paulie would be that fight. We can box on that card easily.”
Lobov is now 2-0 as a bare-knuckle boxer, having secured a bloody victory over Jason Knight back in April. Malignaggi, meanwhile, insists he’s retired from combat sports, but may have a change of heart if presented with the opportunity to avenge his most recent defeat.