Malignaggi To Compete in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

Paulie Malignaggi Signs with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

Paulie Malignaggi Signs with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

For his part, Malignaggi is ready to take on not just Lobov - but any MMA fighter.

In a surprising move, it was announced Thursday that Malignaggi, the former multi-division boxing champion and current Showtime commentator, signed an exclusive deal with Bare Knuckle FC. Until, apparently, now. Should he prove successful in this endeavor, Malignaggi will arguably be the first well known bare knuckle brawler since Benjamin Harrison was President of the United States.

Malignaggi, who began his boxing career in 2001, had a professional boxing record of 36-8 (7 KOs). A victor of three out of his last four boxing contests, Malignaggi last fought professionally in March 2017 in a loss to Sam Eggington. "Paulie is the ideal fit for us".

"BKFC is the new wave in combat sports", Malignaggi said.

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I've accomplished some big things in my boxing career, and I look forward to what this next phase brings.

The 38-year old, who won world titles at super lightweight and welterweight, retired in 2017 but is now embarking on a new venture with the growing MMA promotion. After a long boxing career, it's easy to miss the limelight and the rush that combat brings.

While it's doubtful Malignaggi would get a crack at McGregor in bare-knuckle fighting, a potential bout with Artem Lobov could serve as a substitute. Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Adrien Broner, Danny Garcia, Shawn Porter, and Zab Judah were all Malignaggi opponents at one time or other. The former world champion also gained notoriety working as an acclaimed ringside boxing analyst for years and made headlines in the summer of 2017 after developing a rivalry with UFC superstar Conor McGregor in the lead-up to McGregor's boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Coincidentally or not, Artem Lobov is now fighting under the Bare Knuckle FC banner.

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