Malignaggi vs. Lobov grudge match set for Bare Knuckle FC event

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Paulie Malignaggi said earlier this month he wants to send Artem Lobov to the hospital.

Now it appears he has a date and location for his chance at it.

Bare Knuckle FC president David Feldman told MMAFighting.comthe next Bare Knuckle FC event will take place June 22 in New Hampshire. Malignaggi first mentioned the location with LVSportsNetwork.com

The upstart promotion’s first event was in Wyoming, and its most recent three were in Mississippi.

Feldman told the site a city and exact venue have yet to be finalized, but the city of Manchester, the most populous city in that part of New England, is in consideration.

Lobov made his BKFC debut earlier this month in Biloxi, Miss., and won a brutal and bloody war against fellow UFC veteran Jason Knight. But most eyes were on the potential for a fight against pro boxer Malignaggi for Lobov’s next opponent.

The two got face to face in New York earlier this month at a news conference, so even the promotion was eyeing a future meeting despite Lobov having Knight up next on his dance card. The faceoff turned physical and nearly set off a brawl.

The beef between the two stems from Malignaggi’s brief time training with Lobov teammate Conor McGregor ahead of McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Malignaggi has wanted a boxing match with McGregor because of that, but since that seems like a pipe dream, he has said he’ll take a McGregor teammate, instead.

“If I get somebody from Conor’s team into the ring, the goal is not just to win, because of course I’m going to win,” Malignaggi said at the New York media event. “It’s a foregone conclusion, me winning a fight like this against any mixed martial arts fighter. So the goal would be I have to really excel at something more. … The goal is to put him in the hospital and make sure he spends most of the summer in the hospital.”

Malignaggi was around Lobov while McGregor was preparing for Mayweather in Las Vegas, but said they never directly worked together.

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