Paulie Malignaggi has revealed that he plans to hurt Artem Lobov so badly when they square off in a bare knuckle boxing match on June 22nd that it will be force the Russian fighter’s friend and teammate Conor McGregor to fight him next.
“Once I put his boy in a coma, he’s gonna want to fight me,” Malignaggi told Hele Yee. “If he’s any kind of man, he would. So once I do that in June, he will want to fight me, but the conversation doesn’t even get initiated unless 12 rounds of sparring, unedited, the way it actually happens, comes out. If it doesn’t, then Conor doesn’t even start the conversation.”
Malignaggi also warned that there’s a big difference between boxing and MMA when it comes to head trauma, and as such Lobov will be in grave danger going up against him.
“If Artem doesn’t have a corner that cares about him, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s gonna get very badly hurt. This is boxing, this is not mixed martial arts. Not to disrespect mixed martial arts but in boxing, people die. People get traumatic brain injuries in one night. This is not mixed martial arts where they’ve had as many traumatic brain injuries since the inception of the sport as boxing gets in one year. This is mainly head strikes and Artem doesn’t know how to defend himself.
“I’m telling you right now, if they don’t pull him out of this fight in the correct way, he’s going to get hurt. He’s going to get permanently hurt. This is actually a very professional fighter against a guy who basically belongs in a tough-man show.”