An old rivalry reignited yesterday at a Bare Knuckle FC media day in Biloxi when Paulie Malignaggi lashed out at Artem Lobov following a verbal confrontation.
Lobov is scheduled to fight another former ex-UFC fighter Jason Knight in the main event of the promotion’s next bare knuckle boxing event on Saturday night, but it was Malignaggi who stole the spotlight.
The two went face-to-face and started arguing back and forth and tensions soon rose to boiling point.
“Don’t start anything in here mate, because you’re going to get broke up in here, I’m telling you,” Lobov told the boxer.
“Don’t threaten me here, bro,” the increasingly aggitated Malignaggi responded.
“Don’t stick your f**king finger in my face,” Lobov said.
At that moment Malignaggi suddenly slapped Lobov in the face while repeateding, “don’t threaten me here.”
Lobov tried to retaliate and appeared to partially land a kick, but others got involved and pushed the two apart before any more blows were landed.
“Next time it’s a harder slap,” Malignaggi continued. “That was a bitch slap for a bitch. Next time I’m going to slap you like the real bitch that you are.
“I got in your face to promote. Don’t get in my face and make threats here, cos I’ll f*ck you up here!”
Malignaggi continued to shout at Lobov, even threatening to kill him in the ring at one point, before they eventually went their separate ways.
Check out two videos from the altercation below.